A PARTNER DEDICATED TO YOUR FINANCIAL WELL BEING

This is more than our profession; it’s our life’s work.

Our Company

MISSION & VALUES

For nearly two decades leading in our field, we continue to hold the vision of a society that is sustainable and humane, imagining where capital needs to flow in our financial markets to help get us there.

We believe that, by directing our investments with intention, we can earn competitive financial returns capitalizing companies and sectors to make a positive impact in the world.

With that in mind, we serve responsible investors as fiduciaries, integrating their impact objectives and financial goals into an overall wealth management strategy, using a prudent and thoughtful process.

WOMEN-LED

Our committee-run practice is intentionally designed to integrate all of our diverse perspectives, knowledge and experience for the benefit of our clients.

PIONEERING 

We continue the good work of our firm’s founding generation of clients and advisors who were industry pioneers in the field of Socially Responsible Investing since the 70s.

LEADERS

Each of our senior team members serve in industry leadership positions and have been recognized as leaders in the field of ESG and impact investing.

Our People

We are a diverse and dedicated team of carefully curated, highly qualified financial service professionals with a passion for the greater good along with decades of experience in the field of socially responsible, impact investing. Although we each have a unique story, we’re all driven to do meaningful work that we feel makes the world a better place.

CATHERINE WOODMAN

CFP®

Principal Advisor

CATHERINE WOODMAN

Principal Advisor

Professional Focus and Services

As a Principal Advisor, Catherine leads the advisory relationship for a select group of clients to provide a team-based, high-level wealth management service, while overseeing the direction of the firm. Catherine is responsible for portfolio management oversight, partnership relations, firm accounting, and team development.

Despite the impact investment industry expanding exponentially over the decades since she started, not much has changed for Catherine in a lot of ways. She began her career as an investment advisor twenty years ago, and has always taken a comprehensive, financial planning approach that incorporates her clients' social and environmental criteria into their investment strategy.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Catherine contributes a holistic approach for managing our client's finances, integrating the tax and estate planning considerations necessary to achieve their objectives while upholding their values.

Having grown up in Iowa, Catherine developed a deep affinity for the environment early on in life, witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of unsustainable agricultural practices in the communities around her. Catherine’s interests in sustainability later expanded to include economics, and the role that local and global economies can contribute not only to environmental and social problems, but also to the solutions.

Prior to Impact Investors, Catherine managed an independent financial advisory practice and for almost a decade taught college courses on Investing 101, Financial Independence for Women, and Analyzing Stocks.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Board Member, Sustainable Business Alliance
  • Member, US SIF
  • Member, Green America
  • Member, First Affirmative Financial Network
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • CFP®: Certified Financial Planner™
  • Licensed Life Insurance Agent - CA Insurance License No. 0D16665
  • General Securities Principal Series 24
  • Registered Representative Series 7
  • Uniform Securities Agent Series 63
  • Uniform Investment Advisor Series 65
  • Master of Science in Integrative Psychology, JFK University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theater Arts, University of Iowa

Shane Yonston

AIF®, CFP®, MFP

Principal Advisor

Shane Yonston

Principal Advisor

Professional Focus & Services

As a Principal Advisor, Shane leads the advisory relationship for a select group of clients to provide a team-based, high-level wealth management service, while overseeing the direction of the firm. Shane is responsible for strategic planning, partnership relations, compliance oversight, and firm communications.

For over seventeen years, Shane has worked as a licensed financial advisor, deeply involved and passionate about the field of socially responsible investing, with an exclusive advisory emphasis on impact investing since 2004. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary™, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, and has a Master of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning.

In 2014, Shane launched Impact Investors as one of the country's first virtual advisory teams, fully focused on providing socially conscious investors with competitive, responsible portfolio management and financial planning, unconstrained by geography.

Shane has been recognized as an industry innovator with strong ethics. When he was eligible, he received San Diego Metropolitan's 40 Under 40 award, honoring up-and-coming professionals who are leaders in their career and in the community. More recently, he was honored as one of a handful of industry experts selected to pioneer the US SIF's Policy Leaders Inaugural class. In addition, Shane has been quoted often in publications such as CNBC, Financial Week, Investment News, and featured on ABC Channel 10 News as a professional in the financial markets.

These days, Shane is sheltering in place just South of Santa Cruz with his wife and new daughter. When he's not changing diapers, he's either on a jog in the redwoods or on Zoom with the Impact Investors team and the many clients we serve across the country.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Current Advisory Board Member, Self-Help Credit Union San Diego - since 2017
  • Current Network Member, First Affirmative Financial Network - since 2005
  • Current Member, US SIF: Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investing - since 2005
  • Current Member, Green America - since 2005
  • Past Graduate, US SIF Policy Leaders Training Program - 2018
  • Past Board Treasurer, San Diego Leadership Alliance - 2013
  • Awarded San Diego Metropolitan Magazine's 40 Under 40 - 2009
  • Founding Board Member, Outdoor Education Foundation of San Diego - 2007
  • Founding Member, Net Impact Professional, San Diego - 2007
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning, College of Financial Planning
  • CFP®: Certified Financial Planner™
  • AIF®: Accredited Investment Fiduciary™, Center for Fiduciary Studies
  • Registered Representative Series 7
  • Uniform Securities Agent Series 66
  • Licensed Agent: Life, Health and Annuity - CA Insurance License No. 0E68665
  • Long Term Care Insurance (LTC) Certificate
  • Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Ian McLeod

AIF®, CFP®

Principal Advisor

Ian McLeod

Principal Advisor

Professional Focus & Services

As a Principal Advisor, Ian leads the advisory relationship for a core group of clients to provide a team-based, high-level wealth management service, while offering firm-wide leadership in various capacities. Ian serves on the firm's investment management committee, oversees our financial planning service delivery, spearheads technology integration and vendor relations.

Ian has worked as a financial advisor specializing in socially responsible and impact investing since 2004. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

While studying at the University of Connecticut in the late nineties, Ian became deeply interested in progressive economics and decided his life's work should support a financial system that prioritizes people over unlimited profit. Ian began his career in 2002 at a small Berkeley-based Registered Investment Advisor that managed socially responsible portfolios, and in 2004 began to work with his own clients as an advisor to their investment and planning needs.

In 2012, Ian co-founded a San Francisco-based, fee-only SRI advisory firm to focus on investments and financial planning for working and middle class people. During his tenure there, Ian developed the firm's retirement planning department, becoming an industry leader in socially responsible retirement plans for small to mid-sized companies and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Ian continues to support a variety of progressive organizations and campaigns in the Bay Area focused on immigrant rights, economic and racial justice, environmental sustainability, and workers’ rights. He is passionately committed to economic, racial, and environmental justice, which are at the forefront of efforts to create a sustainable and just world where people matter as much as profits.

Currently, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and son, striving to be a great parent, playing bass and guitar, lifting weights, training Krav Maga, and unofficially providing tech support to friends and family.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Current Member, First Affirmative Financial Network
  • Current Member, Social Investment Forum
  • Current Member, Financial Planning Association
  • Past Board Treasurer, Mission Asset Fund
  • Past Board Member, Agape Foundation
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • CFP®: Certified Financial Planner™
  • AIF®: Accredited Investment Fiduciary™, Center for Fiduciary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut
  • Uniform Securities Agent Series 6

Monica Miller

CAIA®

Portfolio Manager

Monica Miller

Portfolio Manager

Professional Focus & Services

As the Portfolio Manager for our High Impact Fund I, Monica is focused on both private debt and equity strategies. She is responsible for identifying new investment opportunities, managing the due diligence process, and leading the fund investment committee to tactfully place capital into pure play social and environmental enterprises.

Monica holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® designation and has more than 20 years of for-profit banking and investment management experience. At the forefront of research on the intersection and compatibility of philanthropic and for-profit funding, Monica has been heavily involved in programs and studies related to sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, education, environmental conservation, and safe-water access.

Previously, Monica served as Director of Research with Ambata Capital Partners and Hedge Fund Director at Golden Gate Financial Group and was an industry consultant for niche alternative assets and impact investing projects.

As a finance major, Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree cum laude from the University of Tennessee. She co-founded and was an executive with the San Francisco Chapter of CAIA® from 2007-2019. Monica served on the CAIA Gender Equity Committee from 2017-2019 creating guidelines to pave the way for more women in finance.

In her free time Monica keeps busy as a PTA Board member for the first Spanish dual immersion elementary school in Marin County and enjoys coaching youth soccer.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Founding Executive, San Francisco Chapter of CAIA (www.caia.org)
  • Member – CAIA Gender Equity Committee – Creating guidelines to pave the way for more women in finance, 2017-2019
  • Founding Member, Association of Women in Alternative Investing (www.altinvesting.org)
  • Advisor - 10Power, an organization focused on financing renewable energy in developing communities
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • Charterholder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA), 2006
  • FINRA Licenses: Series 7, 63, 65, and 24
  • Licensed California State Life and Health Insurance Agent #0C73664
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Major in Finance. University of Tennessee, Cum laude, 1997

Susan Ozawa Perez

Ph.D.

Senior Portfolio Manager

Susan Ozawa Perez

Senior Portfolio Manager

Professional Focus and Services

As the Senior Portfolio Manager, Susan heads our decision-making process to implement a sophisticated and strategically tactical approach with our model portfolios, in a way that reflects our client's social and environmental impact objectives. Susan leads the investment committee, providing regular market, financial, and economic figures in order to make timely, concise, data-driven decisions. Additionally, Susan is responsible for placing trades and drives the ongoing development of the firm’s investment processes.

Susan is a trained economist with over two decades of research, consulting and professional portfolio management experience, who is passionate about financial vehicles for social impact and solutions to scale corporate sustainability. Susan integrates her intimate understanding of financial markets with deep macroeconomic, industry-specific, fundamental securities research. Since 2015, she has exclusively utilized Socially Responsible Investments, incorporating ESG factors and impact criteria into the due diligence process while running collaborative shareholder engagement campaigns.

Previously, Susan was a Portfolio Manager at Harrington Investments, a well-respected industry pioneer in the Socially Responsible Investment field. With a lifelong community service practice, Susan has served non-profits and in policy advocacy on issues ranging from human, women’s, immigrant and workers’ rights, to environmental justice, economic development and financial regulation. Recently Susan co-founded Project Binario, a non-profit advancing economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and currently she sits on the Board of Secure Justice, a non-profit addressing human and civil rights issues related to governmental operations and contracting.

Susan has a Ph.D. in Economics and M.A. in Global Political Economy and Finance from the New School for Social Research, in New York City. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and is a licensed Uniformed Investment Advisor (Series 65, FINRA).

Susan and her husband Eddy, reside in Vallejo, California with their fun, nature-loving toddler son.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Current Team Lead, Impact Investors Investment Committee
  • Current Member, USSIF: Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment
  • Current Board Member: Secure Justice
  • Current Member, Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE-SF)
  • Current Member, Racial Justice Investing network
  • Co-Founder, Project Binario
  • Honors, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, Economic Development - 2004
  • Diamond Fellowship, The New School – 2001
  • Board Member, Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity - 2000-2003
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • Investment Adviser Representative Series 65 - 2015
  • Ph.D., Economics, The New School for Social Research - 2013
  • M.A., Global Political Economy and Finance, The New School for Social Research - 2002
  • B.A., College Honors, Community Studies and Women’s Studies, UC Santa Cruz - 1999

Christopher Alvarez

Analyst Associate

Christopher Alvarez

Analyst Associate

Professional Focus & Services

As an Analyst Associate, Chris provides the portfolio management team with timely information relevant to our investment decision making process while handling specific market research and asset analysis projects. Chris works closely with the Client Advisors, Portfolio Management, and members of the Client Services teams to provide a high-level wealth management service to our clients.

Currently Christopher is finishing his senior year at Northern Illinois University studying to receive a Bachelor in Science Degree, majoring in Finance with a Spanish minor. He wishes to eventually obtain a CFP® certification to help future clients reach their personal goals into retirement.

In his free time, Christopher is involved in a fraternal organization where he has held multiple high positions involving event, financial and group planning responsibilities. He likes to get involved in charitable events around campus that have helped local organizations and spending time with his second passion which is Film.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Current Secretary, Impact Investors Investment Committee
  • Current Member, USSIF: Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • B.S. Finance and Spanish, Northern Illinois University - 2021

Max Shefte-Jacobs

Director of Client Services

Max Shefte-Jacobs

Director of Client Services

Professional Focus & Services

As the Director of Client Services, Max leads the administrative team to ensure account paperwork is in good order, and that transactions are completed in a timely fashion. Additionally, Max often works directly with top clients to provide a paperwork and technology concierge service. He is a key person in many firm discussions around technology integration, client communications, and custodial relations.

At work Max enjoys being able to support his colleagues and helping them provide excellent customer service. He believes strongly that it is important to invest where your values are, and has been an SRI investor since he was 18.

A bit of a Renaissance man, Max graduated from University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, and a minor in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture. During his four years at college he had opportunities to study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and work as an intern for a small tourism company in the Galapagos Islands. Before beginning his career in the Socially Responsible Investing industry, he worked as a ski instructor in Vermont, with a tourism company based in Denver, and also as a landscaper.

Max lives with his wife, eighteen-month old daughter, and dog in Salida, CO, where he works from his home office. In his free time Max enjoys telemark skiing and pond hockey in the winter, and mountain biking and skateboarding in the summer. He serves on the board of the Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association, a non-profit dedicated to building a recreational ice rink based in Salida. The mission of CCAHA is meaningful for Max as he believes there should be more winter recreation opportunities for youth and families in his community. Staying active, and spending quality time with family help him maintain a positive and productive mindset at work.

Education, Designations and Registrations
  • BA, Studio Art, University of Vermont

Olivia Kinser

Client Service Specialist

Olivia Kinser

Client Service Specialist

Professional Focus & Services

As a Client Service Specialist, Olivia is responsible for managing inbound calls and timely implementation of client administrative requests and paperwork completion. Olivia works closely with the Advisors, Portfolio Management staff, and other members of the Client Services teams to provide a high-level wealth management service to our clients.

Olivia is an extremely organized and dedicated financial services professional, accustomed to providing
exceptional customer service involving complex and sensitive transactions. She brings experience as the Client Relations and Financial Services Coordinator for two of the country's leading mid-sized Registered Investment Advisory Firms to our Service Support Team. Her attention to detail combined with a warm, helpful nature helps us maintain the highest standards of care and prudence on our client's behalf.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and baking complicated recipes. She has also been an active volunteer in her church her entire life, inspired by their positive impact in the community, particularly their efforts to help those with the most need.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
  • Member, US SIF: Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investments
Education, Designations and Registrations
  • Oregon Life & Health Insurance License #18320648
  • BS, Business Administration, AIB College of Business

Board Of Advisor Legends 

Ken Jacobs

Advisory Board

Ken Jacobs

Advisory Board

With a background in public policy, public sector finance, and ongoing social activism, Ken spent the last 20 years of his career as a financial planner specializing in Socially Responsible Investing. After building his own firm, Colorado Sustainable Financial Planning, and co-founding Sustainable World Financial Advisors, Ken is now semi-retired.

In his capacity as an Advisory Board member, Ken ensures that Impact Investors continues at the forefront of the SRI industry and serves as the firm's liaison to Good Business Colorado, an advocacy group he helped establish in 2017.

Linda Jacobs

Advisory Board

Linda Jacobs

Advisory Board

For more than thirty years Linda advised individuals, families, and small businesses around the country, helping them align their portfolios with their values through Socially Responsible Investments.

Now as a seasoned veteran professional and an advisory board member with Impact Investors, Linda helps guide our firm’s service model. Her proficiency in SRI and connections with key industry leaders adds value to the Impact Investors corporate strategy and business plan.

Our Process

We form long-term partnerships with a warm welcoming process that’s led to over twenty years of shared success with hundreds of impact investors across the country.

GET TO KNOW YOU

Our concierge team of service professionals walk with each client through a series of scenarios before settling on the best investment strategy.

INVEST ACCORDINGLY

Our portfolio management philosophy stems from a dual mandate to achieve your financial goals as well as your social and environmental impact objectives.

 

REGULAR REVIEWS

Life can be unpredictable. We meet with our clients as often as is necessary for any given situation we might be facing together.

 

FIDUCIARY DUTY

We serve our client’s financial best interests first and foremost and explicitly above our own. In our view, considering the global impact of our investments is part of our fiduciary duty of care.

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