Meet the team of experts that lead the Turner MIINT
Program Manager, Bridges Impact Foundation
Adwoa serves as full-time Program Manager of the MIINT program. She earned her Social Impact MBA from The Heller School at Brandeis University. During her time in school, she was a Net Impact Fellow for Impact Investing and Diversity, as well as graduation speaker and president of her MBA class. Prior to business school, Adwoa worked at Habitat for Humanity for eight years as an Associate Director and community organizer. She is a talented program manager with an entrepreneurial spirit and spark for inclusive ideas. Adwoa earned her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Team Coordinator, ESG Initiative at Wharton
As Team Coordinator, Jay helps manage day to day activities at the ESG Initiative including payroll, event management, and administrative support. He looks forward to helping students find a program within WSII that will hopefully strengthen their desire to pursue a career in social impact. Before coming to ESG-I, Jay worked at the Penn Children’s Center as the Front Desk Manager, helping to manage a team of teachers and staff while maintaining both their website and databases.
Sandra Maro Hunt
Managing Director, ESG Initiative at Wharton
Sandi is the Managing Director of the ESG Initiative at the Wharton School. With over a decade of experience in impact leadership, she leads the ESG Initiative in delivering best-in-class experiential learning opportunities and producing influential research to use business as a force for good. She has hosted the Dollars and Change podcast, served as a judge and speaker for impact events, and co-authored reports including “Four for Women,” “Can Investing in Public Equities Improve the Lives of Women?,” and the “Project Sage” series. Prior to joining WSII, Sandi worked in consulting at Accenture and served as Vice President of Operations for a national nonprofit. She graduated with honors from Bucknell University.
Witold J. Henisz
Vice Dean and Faculty Director, ESG Initiative at Wharton
Witold J. Henisz is the Vice Dean and Faculty Director, ESG Initiative and the Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the impact of political hazards as well as environmental, social and governance factors more broadly on the strategy and valuation of global corporations. This work analyzes best practices in corporate diplomacy to win the hearts and minds of external stakeholders as well as the measurement thereof. It has been published in top-ranked journals in international business, management, international studies and sociology and he is the author of the book “Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders”. Witold has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate levels and also teaches extensively on the topic of Corporate Diplomacy as well as ESG integration in open enrollment and custom executive education programs. He is currently a principal in the consultancy PRIMA LLC whose clients span multinational firms, asset managers, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.
President, 11 1/2 Holdings, LLC
Eduardo Medeiros is the President of 11 1/2 Holdings, a private investment family office. He is a mission-driven investor and entrepreneur with experience advising, building, and investing in socially conscious companies. Eduardo draws from prior experience as a private equity investor and healthcare investment banker, as well as operator of a successful healthcare services business.
Formerly an investor with Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, a private equity platform making equity investments in companies owned, managed, or providing services to ethnic minorities across the country. He is also a former Goldman Sachs Healthcare Investment Banker, having successfully completed several M&A and financing transactions on behalf of his clients. He is a co-founder of SUN Behavioral Health, a national operator of freestanding psychiatric hospitals providing mental health services to underserved populations across the country. Eduardo has a multicultural background from having lived and worked in multiple geographies around the world, and has a personal passion for helping advance causes related to minority and underprivileged populations.
Co-founder and CEO, L+M Development Partners & Moelis Family Foundation
Ron Moelis is a co-founder of L+M Development Partners and its affiliated companies. He is a founding member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and the co-chairperson of Building Skills NY. Ron also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tenement Museum and Board of Trustees for Montefiore Health Systems. He is also on the National Advisory Board at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Advisory Board at the Furman Center at New York University.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds both a B.A. in history and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a J.D. from New York University. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Real Estate in 2012 by Ernst and Young for his many years of innovation and creativity in real estate finance and development.
Partner, Impact Engine
Tasha Seitz leads the direct investment team at Impact Engine, where she invests in early-stage and growth-stage companies driving improvements in economic opportunity, health equity and environmental sustainability. She has been making and managing technology venture investments for over two decades. Prior to joining Impact Engine, she was a partner with JK&B Capital, a technology venture capital firm based in Chicago with $1.1 billion dollars under management, where she was responsible for identifying, evaluating, and making investments in early stage enterprise software companies. Her post-investment responsibilities included serving on boards of directors, managing growth, coaching and hiring management teams, and managing investments through exit.
In addition, Tasha serves as Adjunct Professor of Social Impact at the Kellogg School of Management, board director for the Bridges Impact Foundation US, and a member of Echoing Green’s Investor Advisory Group. She is also a founding partner and former board chair for the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners. Tasha earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Partner, Bridges Fund Management
Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management’s U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund, an investment fund dedicated to impact and sustainable investing. He is also a co-chair of the Impact Capital Managers, a network of over 50 market rate impact investors in the United States managing over $5B in AUM. Brian joined Bridges in 2012 after having been the Chief Investment Officer at Acumen Fund, where he oversaw the investment of $50M into portfolio companies in India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Ghana. Prior to Acumen, Brian was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a program officer at the Corporation for National Service, and helped start several for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. He serves on the boards of several of his portfolio companies at Bridges and two non-profits: VisionSpring and Candid. He is a Kauffman Fellow and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC-Berkeley. He teaches social entrepreneurship and innovation at Harvard Business School.
Bobby Turner, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Turner Impact Capital
Over the past two decades, Bobby Turner has established himself as a pioneer in the area of social impact investing. Since founding Turner Impact Capital in 2014, he has rapidly built one of the nation’s largest social impact investment firms, with over $3 billion in investment potential to help address some of the country’s most pervasive social issues with real estate solutions. As former Chairman, CEO and Co-Founding Partner of Canyon Capital Realty Advisors (CCRA), he oversaw a commercial real estate and mortgage asset portfolio totaling over $12 billion and was responsible for launching several groundbreaking funds that helped define the “triple bottom line” investment movement. In his years as a social impact innovator, Bobby has dedicated himself to providing sound financial returns for investors while fostering opportunities for the communities in which his funds invest.
Bobby is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., Finance) where he serves on Wharton’s Board of Overseers and where he has endowed a number of initiatives focused on social impact and triple bottom line investing. Today these programs have grown to include curriculum development, summer internships for students interested in pursuing social impact careers, financial scholarships for minority students, the Turner Social Impact Society, and the Lauren and Bobby Turner Executive Speaker Series for Social Impact.
Group Head of Sustainability, TP ICAP
Brian Walsh is Group Head of Sustainability for TP ICAP, where he focuses on mobilizing capital for the transition to an inclusive and low-carbon economy. Brian oversees the financial markets firm’s ESG (environmental, social, and governance) management and reporting, social impact efforts, and commercial sustainable finance offerings. Previously, he created and led the impact arm for the fintech firm Liquidnet, which was acquired by TP ICAP in Q1 2021.
An expert on ESG, impact investing, and philanthropy, Brian is senior advisor to media company ImpactAlpha, for which he also co-hosts the “Impact Briefing” podcast; Chair of GlobalGiving, a nonprofit tech platform helping people and companies back trusted community-led solutions; Chair of INCO US, a social mobility nonprofit focused on workforce development and accelerating impact entrepreneurs; Steering Committee member for the Turner MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training), a global competition providing hands-on impact training for students; board member for Bridges Impact Foundation, which co-produces the Turner MIINT with the ESG Initiative at the Wharton School; board member for the ASYV (Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village), a nonprofit empowering orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world; and Ubuntu Advisory Council member for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). Brian developed the “Financing Social Impact” graduate course for Georgetown University, which he taught as an adjunct professor for five years.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
Dr. Jennifer Walske is a visiting associate professor (adjunct) at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University. She is also a visiting professor at Berkeley-Haas. As a writer, researcher and investor, Dr. Walske sits on numerous for profit and non-profit boards. Her research centers on the funding and scaling of startups, with an emphasis on social startups and social venture capital firms. Dr. Walske has received numerous research and teaching awards including the “best paper” award from NYU Stern’s Social Entrepreneurship Conference and the Cheit Award for Teaching Excellence at Berkeley-Haas. She was previously the Faculty Director of the Global Social Venture Competition, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Berkeley Haas, and Faculty Director of Impact@Anderson at UCLA. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Walske was an institutional All American ranked investment banking securities analyst and a regular commentator on both CNN and CNBC. Prior to investment banking, Dr. Walske served in product marketing roles at Synopsys and Intergraph. She holds a doctorate in strategy and entrepreneurship from Boston University, an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara.