Restorative Finance: A Conversation With Richard Woo and Andrea Armeni

Thu, May 28, 2015,
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
Pacific Tower Conference Center 1200 12th Ave S., 8th Floor Seattle, WA 98144

UPDATE: We were able to find a larger space at the Pacific Tower to invite everyone who've expressed interest in attending.  Email Shiho Fuyuki or call 206-535-2941 to register or if you have any questions.

Join Philanthropy Northwest, Mission Investors Exchange and The Russell Family Foundation for an engaging lunch conversation about impact investments, community engagement and social justice with Andrea Armeni, cofounder and executive director of Transform Finance.

Transform Finance places communities at the core of impact investing and works with investors, entrepreneurs and social change agents that take a community-centered, shared-ownership approach to finance. Transform Finance follows these principles:

  1. Projects are primarily designed, governed, and where feasible owned by communities.
  2. Investments add more value than they extract.
  3. Financing balances risk and return between investors, entrepreneurs, and communities.

Transform Finance is based in San Francisco, Calif. Andrea is visiting the Puget Sound area to exchange ideas on the concept of “restorative finance.” This lunch is generously sponsored by The Russell Family Foundation.

Andrea Armeni

Andrea brings to Transform Finance a combination of expertise in corporate law and finance, social justice work and nonprofit management. A lawyer by training, Andrea was previously the executive director of the Gaia Amazon Fund, an organization advocating for the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest and for its environmental protection. His direct experience with the impact of outsider-led projects on Amazon communities led him to rethink the priorities of investments and social entrepreneurship through a community-focused lens. Andrea was a longtime correspondent for Emerging Markets magazine, with a focus on Latin America. He has taught sustainable development at Université Paris-Dauphine and was a lecturer at the Yale Law School on the connections between law, power and democracy.