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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 - Special Program
2017 Claremont Finance Conference: The Rise of Impact Investing
Maureen Downey '93

Maureen Downey ’93 will provide an overview of what defines “impact investing” and analyze the factors driving growth and interest in this area, review the existing ecosystem and challenges, and provide an overview of existing assets across asset classes. 

Maureen Downey '93 graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in PPE and economics from Claremont McKenna College and earned an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Downey has more than two decades of experience in global finance and private equity investing in both developed and emerging economies. Much of her career has been spent living and working internationally across multiple cultures and she possesses a truly global perspective. She has a track record of success demonstrated through increasing levels of responsibility in investment, new business development, and capital raising roles.  

As an equity principal at Pantheon Ventures, Downey made secondary, primary, and co-investments in developed and emerging markets and was a member of the co-investment and emerging markets investment committees. She was also responsible business development in new markets, business lines, and products for Pantheon. Her strong commercial ability enabled her to identify and develop new business opportunities in Latin America, structure partnerships, create bespoke products and fundraise in multiple geographies as well as co-lead the launch of Pantheon’s first Global Emerging Markets fund.  

Prior to joining Pantheon, Downey was a vice president in Investment anking at Goldman Sachs, & Co, working in London, Paris, and San Francisco. Her execution experience includes a variety of cross-border and domestic M&A and leveraged buy-out transactions, debt restructuring assignments as well as a broad spectrum of capital market financing from equity to high yield across multiple industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, she worked for Merrill Lynch in New York in their Fixed Income Division.  

Ms. Downey's Athenaeum event is hosted by the CMC Student Investment Fund with the assistance of Pomona College's Sagehen Capital Management. The conference is co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute and the Robert Day Scholars Program. 

Please note that Ms. Downey is replacing Erik Anderson '80 as the keynote speaker.