Ron Cordes has enjoyed a 30+ year career in the investment industry. He was a co-founder and CEO of AssetMark, a leading U.S. managed account platform with $30+ billion of AUM, co-authored “The Art of Investing” published by McGraw Hill, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Since co-founding the Cordes Foundation in 2006 with his wife, Marty, Ron has focused on impact investing and social entrepreneurship and currently serves on the Boards of MicroVest, ImpactAssets, Fair Trade USA and the Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute. His work in this area has been profiled in an array of publications including the New York Times, Barron’s, FastCompany, Forbes and FORTUNE.
Marty Cordes is Co-Founder of the Cordes Foundation, which she created with her husband, Ron, in 2006. She directs the Foundation’s work towards its mission to globally elevate the role of women, including initiatives in education, human rights and job training. Marty also serves on the board of Nest, an organization focused on the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers through supply chain transparency and sustainable business development. Previously, Marty enjoyed a career in the banking industry and served in several volunteer leadership capacities with social service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Steph Cordes is Vice Chair of the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s ethical fashion and sustainable supply chain initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Steph held positions at Conde Nast and luxury fashion brands Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet. She serves on the Board of Directors for Indego Africa, an innovative social enterprise that lifts artisans and their families out of poverty, and the Advisory Board for Soko, a Kenyan-based ethical fashion brand. Steph is an active member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and the Nexus Impact Investing Steering Committee and Ethical Fashion Lab.
Eric Stephenson is the Portfolio Director at the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s impact investing and philanthropic initiatives while maintaining the long-term, inflation-adjusted value of its corpus. He was previously part of the fund investments team at Hamilton Lane and corporate finance team at Xerox. Eric serves on the investment committee for Align Impact, an independent impact advisory firm, and is an active alumnus and mentor for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a New York-based non-profit maximizing educational and career opportunities for young people from underserved and underrepresented communities.
Tim is an innovator of financial instruments for impact investing. He spent 12 years at the Calvert Foundation where he helped build the $250 million Calvert Community Investment Note and launched the prototype of the Giving Fund, a $300+ million donor advised fund that was spun out as ImpactAssets in 2011, which he co-founded and where he currently serves as President. Tim also co-founded Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), the Impact HUB in San Francisco, Berkeley, New York and Washington DC, and Good Capital, the General Partner for the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP. Tim earned a B.A. in Film from Wesleyan University and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Julie, and sons, Milo and Gus.
Prior to her current portfolio of board and advisor roles, Beth served as an executive in multiple investment and financial services companies. Past positions include Chief Growth Officer for ImpactAssets, Chief Marketing Officer for NestWise and Executive Vice President for LPL Financial. Beth spent nearly 17 years with Charles Schwab, where she held several executive positions in marketing, business line management and product development. She serves as Board Treasurer for the Gnu Foundation and is an angel investor in eEcosphere. Beth earned a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.
Gabe currently serves as Director of Operations at ImpactAssets. He was previously Senior Auditor at Deloitte & Touche, serving investment management clients, and also worked at St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, a housing and community development organization in Camden, NJ, where he helped develop financial literacy education for low- and middle-income future homeowners and assisted with accounting and finance functions. Gabe earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a triple concentration in management, accounting and operations, and information management. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Gabe lives in Washington DC with his wife and in his spare time is a volunteer coach for a grade school boys basketball team.
Jerry is the Founding Director for the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, which was launched in 2014. Prior to CSIL, he served as the founding director for the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific and was previously CEO of the Katalysis Partnership, a microfinance organization providing training, technical assistance and credit to microfinance institutions in Central America. Prior to Katalysis, Jerry was the regional field director for International Voluntary Services, based on the island of Antigua, where he directed a socioeconomic development program on ten newly independent island-nations in the Eastern Caribbean. His work in grassroots economic development started in Appalachia (West Virginia coal mining region) where he worked for 10 years to develop and direct the first rural Economic Development Corporation in the U.S. to finance community-based business enterprises in a chronically depressed region of the U.S.