Lauren began working in social finance and “multiple bottom line” (MBL) investing in 1983 at the OAS. Over time, she has held increasingly responsible positions in emerging markets investments at the IIC, Barclays Bank (BZW), Ariel Ventures and more recently as Chief Investment Officer at ACCION International, a global leader in microfinance and access to finance for poor and disadvantaged populations. In 2009, Lauren left ACCION, confident that access to finance was on everyone's radar and concerned that access to life sectors (health, education, affordable housing, clean water, renewable energy) would require innovative financial structures to reach the majority of the world's population.
Currently, Lauren is the Managing Director of One Planet Ventures (OPV), a consultancy that brings innovative thinking to MBL strategies and financial product innovation, particularly those that can improve the quality of life for the working poor. Lauren’s blog on impact investment, “The Money in the Middle”, can be found at tmitm.wordpress.com. @LaurenOPV shares other people’s thoughts and research on #ImpInv. OPV works with a broad range of clients including multilateral development finance organizations, international non-profits, venture capital associations, development and investment advisory firms and private, for-profit businesses.
Lauren holds an MBA in Finance & Strategic Planning from Wharton and an MA in Social Change & Development from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.