Kyle Wong

Kyle Wong is an experienced finance professional with a diverse background in financial modeling and analysis. A lifelong Boston native, he is interested in the intersection of investing and economic development, and is excited to contribute to Boston Impact Initiative’s efforts to support resilient local communities. He received his bachelor in finance (cum laude) from Tulane University, and is a level II candidate in the CFA program.

Kyle is providing financial administration services to the Boston Impact Initiative.

Mike Leyba

Originally from Los Angeles, Mike is an activist, communicator and futurist living in Boston. Mike became an activist during the Campaign Against Prop 8 in California, a ballot initiative that would have banned same-sex marriage. He has managed multiple political campaigns for State Representative. Mike is currently Communications Director for United for a Fair Economy, a national nonprofit highlighting racial and gender inequality in the United States.

He’s the author of several publications, including State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America, State of the Dream 2016: #BlackLivesMatter and the Economy and State of the Dream 2015: Underbanked and Overcharged, among others.

Mike is the Boston Impact Initiative Board representative from City Life / Vida Urbana.

 

Lisa Hayles

Lisa Hayles specializes in promoting sustainable and impact investing with institutional investors. She works at Boston Common Asset Management, where she focuses on engagements promoting gender and racial equality. A native of Toronto, Lisa relocated to Boston from the UK in 2013. She supports Womenade, a giving circle serving Boston area women and girls and is on the investment committee of the St. James Episcopal Church in Cambridge. An enthusiastic traveler, dancer and yoga practitioner, Lisa is interested in the intersection of financial markets and social justice.

Lisa is the Boston Impact Initiative Board representative for RSF Social Finance.

Mark Watson

Mark Watson is CEO and founder of Keel Asset Management LLC, a financial advisory firm that provides socially responsible financial planning and investment advisory services to nonprofits, public and corporation pension plans. He is currently an Advisory Board member of the Cape Development Partnership and the Fair Food Network; Chair of the The Highland Center and the Triskeles Foundation’s Asset Management Committee; an affiliate of the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium; a member of US/SIFan Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston; and a former board member of the Social Venture Network

Mark is Managing Director of the Boston Impact Initiative.

Macken Toussaint

Macken Toussaint is an attorney with Riemer & Braunstein, the Boston Impact Initiative’s pro bono legal partner. Macken concentrates her practice on commercial law, representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, institutional investors, and buyers in bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructuring. She represents lending institutions and borrowers in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of debtor-in-possession financing, asset-based transactions, and other financing facilities. Macken also has experience in structured financing and asset securitization transactions.

Macken is providing legal services to support the Boston Impact Initiative’s direct investments.

Alexie Torres-Fleming

Alexie Torres-Fleming is an activist, community organizer, advocate and urban planner from the South Bronx, New York with over 25 years of executive leadership in the faith, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. She has extensive experience in environmental justice, participatory community planning and grassroots organizing. Alexie is a nationally and internationally recognized public speaker, rooted in urban communities, with a strong history of building city, state and national coalitions and alliances. An award-winning activist and Harvard Loeb fellow, Alexie is executive director of Access Strategies Fund, Board Trustee at the Center for Action and Contemplation, Trustee of The Sister Fund, and Board Member of Sojourners.

Alexie is an Investment Committee member of the Boston Impact Initiative.

Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka is a community organizer, grantmaker and impact investor. As founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to grassroots groups that build power and vision in low-income communities of color for a new economy. In 2013, he joined the Boston Impact Initiative as the startup managing director. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow, a visiting practitioner at Tufts University and co-chair of the Asian American Resource Workshop and the national New Economy Coalition.

Aaron served as start-up manager and is now an Investment Committee and Board member of the Boston Impact Initiative, representing the Center for Economic Democracy.

Matthew Kahn

Matthew Kahn currently works as a consultant, serving on the board of directors of a number of private and public companies. Previously, he spent 17 years at Gordon Brothers Group, where he was a founding member of the private equity and second lien lending business. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers in 1995, Matt was the chief financial officer of Joseph Bank Clothiers and was the senior vice president of finance at Nature Food Centres. He has an MBA and was also a CPA.

Matt is the Chair of the Investment Committee for the Boston Impact Initiative.

Afsana Jahan

Afsana Jahan completed her MBA (cum laude) in social entrepreneurship and impact management from Heller School of Brandeis University. Previously, she completed her bachelor in finance and accounting from North South University and worked in middle market financing and commercial banking research in the financial industry and program management in an international development organization.

Afsana is interested in entrepreneurship and economic development and has consulted and designed social enterprises in various industries.

Afsana is Senior Analyst for the Boston Impact Initiative.

Michael Frieze

Michael Frieze is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Gordon Brothers Group, setting the strategic vision for the firm. Michael has served in executive positions at Gordon Brothers Group’s companies for over 40 years. During his tenure, the firm expanded from a retail liquidator to a full-service provider of strategic business and capital solutions to healthy and distressed companies alike.

Michael exemplifies Gordon Brothers’ commitment to community service, having served in top leadership positions on many community and corporate boards. Currently, he is Trustee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Trustee of Children’s Hospital, Chairman of Friends of Yemin Orde, and board member of Brandeis University.

Michael is Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Boston Impact Initiative.