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ERICA BARBOSA VARGAS @ THE JW MCCONNELL FAMILY FOUNDATION
Director of Solutions Finance
Erica is Director of Solutions Finance at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; leading strategies for financial innovation and for integration of the Foundation's financial assets in order to advance the Foundation's programmatic objectives and change in societal systems. She oversees the management of impact investing portfolio (current size: $70M AUM), and ESG integration within the Foundation's larger endowment ($650M).

Erica joined the Foundation with 13 years of global professional experience in the private sector and international development, primarily in Latin America, Canada and the UK. She sits on Advisory Boards of investment funds in Canada, as well as of organizations working in social innovation globally, advising international development projects. She is a member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing. She co-founded Educating the Streets-Building Society, an award winning program for capabilities development of youth and working children in Bolivia. She is Board member and strategy adviser of Bosques Foundation (Bolivia), focused on adaptation and mitigation to climate change, development of sustainable community economies, and forestry-productive development projects. She former training in behavioral psychology and neuroscience and holds a MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in systems dynamics and institutions for economic development.