Our Team

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Ron D. Cordes

Co-Founder
Ron D. Cordes

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 Social Impact Lab at Lynn University. His work in this area has been profiled in an array of publications including the New York Times, Barron’s, FastCompany, Forbes and FORTUNE.

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Marty Cordes

Co-Founder
Marty Cordes

Marty Cordes is Co-Founder of the Cordes Foundation, which she created with her husband, Ron, in 2006. She directs the Foundation’s philanthropic and gender-lens investing work advancing economic opportunities for women. In addition, Marty serves on the board of Nest, an organization building a new handworker economy that connects global craftspeople, brands, and consumers in a circular value chain. 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. Her former board roles include Freedom from Hunger, Grameen PrimaCare and Ripple Effect Images.

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Steph Cordes

Co-Chair
Steph Stephenson

Steph Stephenson is Co-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. Passionate about the intersection of fashion and philanthropy, she serves on the board of directors for Indego Africa, a non-profit dedicated to lifting artisan women and their families out of poverty, and advisory boards of Soko, a Kenyan-based ethical jewelry brand, and Remake, an advocacy group committed to building the conscious consumer movement. As an active member of Nexus, Steph co-chairs the Nexus Ethical Fashion Lab and serves on the Nexus Impact Investing Steering Committee. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader, StartingBloc Fellow and Hive Global Leader.

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Eric Stephenson

Co-Chair
Eric Stephenson

Eric Stephenson is Director of Client Services at Align Impact and member of its investment committee, advancing the firm’s work helping investors and their advisors form and implement effective impact investing and philanthropic strategies. For five years prior to joining Align Impact, Eric was the Portfolio Director at the Cordes Foundation, tasked with assessing, proposing and implementing a strategic plan towards 100% mission alignment across asset classes, and overseeing the Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives. He was previously part of the fund investments team at Hamilton Lane and started his finance career with the global leasing group at Xerox. Eric serves as co-chair of the Cordes Foundation, member of the advisory board for Duke University’s CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, and is a due diligence mentor at Harvard University’s Initiative for Responsible Investment. He earned his BBA from Temple University, MA from University of the Pacific and is an active CAIA charterholder and alumnus of the SEO Career Program.

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Akanksha Kochhar

Associate
Akanksha Kochhar

Akanksha Kochhar is an Associate at the Cordes Foundation. Passionate about impact, gender lens and women’s empowerment, she joined the team to support the impact investment due-diligence process. Akanksha was previously with Women’s World Banking supporting development efforts, Petros Connecticut Fund  conducting due-diligence activities for the investment committee, and S&P Global’s Market Intelligence team in India where she served as a Private Equity Research Associate. Akanksha is involved with The Resolution Project as a Resolution Guide for a team of fellows from Venezuela and is also a member of the Impact Investing Working Group at NEXUS Global. She earned her MBA in finance and degree in Economics with honors from New Delhi, India. Akanksha passed the first two levels of the CFA program and is currently pursing Level III.

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