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Jenna Nicholas

CEO

Jenna is the CEO of Impact Experience which facilitates convenings that build lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, and leaders of marginalized communities — linking vision with action and directing investment to the most vulnerable communities. Some of these issues include generating employment in marginalized communities such as retraining former coal miners in Appalachia; attracting greater pools of capital to minority and women run businesses and addressing health disparities. Jenna is also President of Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy.

Through her firm, she has project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions. Jenna spoke at TedX Portland about the Divest-Invest work.

Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community.  She has worked closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Ethic, an online impact investing platform. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA graduate, is a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans, a recipient of the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship and an Echoing Green fellow. Jenna has also been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing. She is an active member of the Bahá'í Faith.


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Daryn Dodson

Co-founder

Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for voiceless marginalized groups. His work with impact investing, advising private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations is undertaken with the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.

In addition his founding role with Impact Experience, Daryn Dodson is Managing Partner at Illumen Capital, an impact venture capital and private equity firm that combines cutting-edge research and immersive place-based experiences to generate financial returns and systems-level impact. Daryn also consults for the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $13 billion mutual fund and pioneer of the Socially Responsible Investment field, to manage its Special Equities impact investing program. Through this vehicle, Calvert has invested more than $90 million into 60 of the most transformative private equity funds and companies across themes including renewable energy, racial equity, gender equity, biotech, education technology and microfinance.

Prior to Calvert, Mr. Dodson served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina. Daryn started his career at the Center for Responsible Lending. There, he built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the sub-prime lending market and protect low-income homeowners from predatory lending.

Daryn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben & Jerry’s and chairs its Audit Committee, which measures the company’s social impact in 35 countries globally. Daryn is a board member of Impact Hub DC and Vice Chair of Heifer Foundation Board. Mr. Dodson earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University. 


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Jasmine Victoria

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jasmine brings over a decade of Corporate, Nonprofit and Entrepreneurial experience with an emphasis on strategic partnership development and experiential marketing. She is a passionate change-maker, dedicated to servicing individuals living in extreme poverty throughout the world.

Jasmine graduated from Duke University in 2004 with a degree in International Business and a Markets and Management Certificate, where her studies centered on economic development in emerging nations. Following graduation, Jasmine worked for several years as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs, on the Foreign Exchange Operations desk. But it was her love for communities and helping people in their time of need that eventually led her to the American Red Cross where she served as Program Developer and Event Coordinator for Ready When the Time Comes, the Red Cross’ corporate volunteer engagement program, focused on institutional partnerships and disaster deployments in and around the Greater New York area.

In 2012, a move to Austin, TX afforded the opportunity to pursue a life-long goal of  working in international development as she assumed the Marketing Coordinator role for A Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit implementing humanitarian aid projects in Ethiopia. Jasmine has spent the last 4 years since leaving A Glimmer of Hope in a variety of roles including, Interim CMO at Samahope, a crowdfunding site for doctors providing critical medical treatments in impoverished countries, which later merged with CaringCrowd, a new global health crowdfunding platform by Johnson & Johnson; Founder & Executive Director of Her Birthright, a nonprofit dedicated to the development and support of innovative programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula in impoverished regions of Sub-Saharan Africa; and most recently as Director of Operations for Primal 7, a for-profit social enterprise with the mission of making movement accessible to everyone, regardless of age, condition, or level of physical fitness.