Originator of the concept of Blended Value, Jed Emerson has extensive experience leading, staffing and advising funds, firms, social ventures and foundations pursuing financial performance with social/environmental impact. Jed currently focuses on working with families exploring how to ensure a long term legacy by managing their full net worth for impact and engage in family processes which bring multiple generations into that effort. He is an internationally recognized Thought Leader in sustainability and sustainable finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Emerson has played founder roles with some of the nation’s leading venture philanthropy, community venture capital and social enterprises.
- Selected twice as one of North America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior – 2012-2013
- Together with co-author, Antony Bugg-Levine, winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Book Award
- Twice Selected by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Sector
Emerson is currently
- Senior Advisor to two family offices, the RS Group (Hong Kong) and the Blue Haven Initiative (Chicago/New York)
- Senior Advisor to the Piton Foundation and its for-profit counter-part, The Gary Community Investment Company (Denver, Colorado), two vehicles through which a family is mobilizing their resources for sustained, community impact.
- Chief Impact Strategist with ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm
- Senior Fellow with the Center for Social Investment, Heidelberg University (Germany) and Clinical Professor with NYU-Abu Dhabi
He has served as
- Managing Director for Integrated Performance with Uhuru Capital Management, a commercial market fund of hedge funds group with an impact investing strategy
- Senior Fellow with Generation Investment Management Foundation (London/New York), philanthropic arm of the leading sustainable investment group founded by David Blood and Al Gore
- Project Manager with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a pioneering youth development foundation focused on nonprofit capacity building and executing a strategy for scaling proven social programs
He has held faculty appointments at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford University Business Schools.
- As founding director of REDF/HEDF, one of the first venture philanthropy funds, Emerson played a key role in advancing Social Entrepreneurship and innovations in strategic giving.
- As founding director of Larkin Street Youth Services, he led the creation of one of the leading street outreach and service programs in the United States, meeting homeless and runaway youth where they are while offering alternatives to help them get to where they want to be.
- As originator of the concept of Blended Value, he has advanced new thinking and practice for both mission motivated investors and entrepreneurs launching sustainable, for-profit businesses.
- As an internationally recognized author and passionate speaker, he has presented his work at The World Economic Forum, Skoll World Forum and countless conferences around the globe, addressing business, social justice, philanthropy, sustainable development and impact investing audiences.
Emerson holds master degrees in both business and social work administration, has written over thirty articles/papers and co-edited multiple books on topics as diverse as sustainable investing, performance metrics and measurement, impact investing and sustainable hedge fund investing. He works with foundations, investment funds, individuals, social enterprises and businesses to assist those who seek to maximize the total value of their investing and entrepreneurship to attain their personal and professional visions.