Innovations in Financing Impact - Civic Hall, NYC, NY, June 18th, 2015 

Andrea Armeni led a discussion on innovations in impact investing and shared how his direct experience with the impact of outsider-led projects on Amazon communities led him to rethink the priorities of investments and social entrepreneurship through a community-focused lens. 

 

Job Quality Standards for Impact Investors, The Ford Foundation, New York, NY, June 4, 2015

Transform Finance recently launched a groundbreaking initiative to create job quality standards for investors with a job creation mission in the United States. On June 4, Transform Finance will convene leading fund managers, asset owners, and foundations to workshop a plan of action to ensure that the impact investing community contributes to great jobs for lower income American workers. For more information on this project, please contact Andrea Armeni (andrea@transformfinance.org). 

 

How Fair Is Fair Trade: TFIN Webinar, June 3, 2015, 1pm-2:30pm EDT

An exciting webinar on fair trade with Jonathan Rosenthal, one of the pioneering figures in this movement. We explored whether fair trade means "inherently fair" or "less unfair" and looked at a couple of financing models for fair trade (both at production and distribution/brokerage level) that are non-extractive and bring value to producers. 

 

Transforming Family Philanthropy - Islandwood Retreat Center, Bainbridge Island, WA, May 29-31, 2015 

Andrea Armeni and Morgan Simon participated in Transforming Family Philanthropy, a Resource Generation event to equip young people involved in their families' foundations or philanthropy with the relationships, skills, and vision to transform philanthropy for social change. Andrea and Morgan gave a workshop on impact investing with a transformative approach as well as one-on-one sessions. 

 

Restorative Finance: A Conversation With Richard Woo and Andrea Armeni, Seattle, WA May 28, 2015

An engaging lunch conversation about impact investments, community engagement and social justice with Andrea Armeni, cofounder and executive director of Transform Finance.

 

Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting on May 5-7, 2015

Andrea Armeni participated in the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting on May 5-7, 2015. Stay tuned for a report back on the proceedings around utility scale versus community-owned renewable energy projects.

 

Democracy at Work Institute "Worker Cooperatives in Focus", Denver, CO April 23, 2015

Andrea Armeni, Transform Finance Executive Director, spoke about new investment structures for financing cooperatives, presenting a model for private equity investments by family offices for coop conversions. 

The Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders brings together progressive Bay Area practitioners to learn about how capital is affecting communities – and how it can be turned into a tool for real, transformative social change.