Marieke Beeuwkes Spence
Marieke Spence is Executive Director of Impact Capital Managers, a network of private capital funders investing for impact-driven financial return in the US and Canada. Marieke comes to ICM from Synergos where she was a Director of the Global Philanthropists Circle, a peer learning community of 400+ philanthropists and social investors, and launched affinity groups focused on impact investing and sustainable food systems. Prior to Synergos Marieke was a Senior Consultant at TCC Group, a social impact consulting firm. She has studied impact investing as a Summer Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and her thought leadership has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Foundation Review, and GrantCraft. She is co-author with Jacob Harold, Joshua Spitzer, and Jed Emerson of “Environmental Impact Investing: Co-Managing the Ecological and Economic Household,” published in Social Finance (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Marieke was formerly Director of Corporate Communication and Strategy at The Kessler Group; producer of On Point, a nationally-syndicated news program on National Public Radio; and Assistant Director of Communications at the Council on Foreign Relations. Marieke holds a MALD in International Business and Communication from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from Brown University. She has completed coursework at Oxford University’s Said Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
An active (amateur) pianist and lapsed violist, Marieke serves on the board of Exploring the Metropolis, a nonprofit fostering a vibrant and prolific performing arts community around shared resources of space and talent. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Heather McPherson is the summer associate at Impact Capital Managers. She joins ICM at the mid-point of her MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she concentrates her studies on social entrepreneurship and strategy. Before attending Duke, Heather helped launch the Harvard Global Institute, a University-wide initiative to deepen Harvard’s international engagement and promote interdisciplinary scholarship on issues of global significance. Over two years, Heather supported the start-up of 15 projects involving 26 faculty across five Harvard Schools addressing topics such as climate change, education and youth development, health, public policy, and transnational relations.
Prior to Harvard, Heather worked in non-profit management, supporting the CEO and Board of Directors at the Boston-based nonprofit Horizons for Homeless Children. She began her career in public health consulting at John Snow, Inc. (JSI) in Boston, managing a portfolio of global health projects and supporting new business development. Her time at JSI included one-year as the country-based operations manager for the Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project. As Heather pursues her MBA, she is committed to a career path that aligns social impact and business objectives—the same commitment that drives members of the ICM network.
An avid long-distance backpacker and co-president of the graduate student outdoor club at Duke, Heather spends her time outside the classroom planning her next hike. Past excursions include the Teton Crest Trail, the King’s Trail in Sweden, and a trek to the 19,000-foot peak of Cayambe Volcano in Ecuador.