Erica Barbosa Vargas

Director Social Finance and Impact Investing

Erica is Director of Solutions Finance at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where she leads strategies for financial innovation and for integration of the Foundation’s financial assets to support social and economic system’s transformation.

She oversees the management of a multi-asset impact investing portfolio (current size: $86M AUM), including blended finance approaches; and ESG integration within the Foundation’s larger endowment ($650M). In her time at the foundation she has led the development of national initiatives including the Foundation’s  Social Innovation Fund (current size: $1 SM) which offers capacity building grants for  social innovation organizations that are at early stages of development or scaling. As head of the Solutions Finance department, she works on the creation of new financial models to help scale high impact social and financial innovations.

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 various investment funds in Canada, of organizations working in social innovation globally, and is adviser for 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 a Board member of Bosques Foundation (Bolivia), focused on adaptation and mitigation to  climate change, development  of sustainable community economies, and forestry-productive development projects. She completed undergraduate studies in behavioral psychology and neuroscience, holds a MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She specializes in innovation and systems dynamics for inclusive economic development.


All Sessions by Erica Barbosa Vargas

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Day 1: Dec 3, 2020

Day 2: Dec 2, 2020

12:05 pm

12:05 pm

Panel Discussion

Optimizing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors to Enhance Your Investment Process

Many asset managers incorporate ESG criteria into their investment processes by screening out companies. Go beyond negative screening to improve your investment strategy. Source intelligence on: 

  • The changing investor landscape and its impact on your organization 
  • The keys to successful integration of ESG practices 
  • Why ESG in your investment process will lead to better investment decisions 

Achieve better investment process by integrating ESG into everything you do.