Cathy Clark

Cathy Clark

Director, CASE i3; Faculty Director, CASE

Cathy Clark is Faculty Director and Adjunct Professor at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and Founder and Director of the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing. Named in 2014 one of America’s Top 20 women working in philanthropy, social innovation and civic engagement, she is also Co-Principal Investigator for the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), part of USAID’s Global Development Lab, launched in 2014 by Hillary Clinton and Raj Shah. She was recruited to Duke in 2007 by the late J. Gregory Dees, the founder of the academic study of social entrepreneurship. In 2013, she was appointed as the sole academic member of The US National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Taskforce established by the UK Presidency of the G8, and completed a 2-year project and 10 case studies on high performing impact investment funds,  Impact Investing 2.0.  She is also co-author of The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism, which reached #18 in finance textbooks on Amazon in October, 2014.

Building on 25 years of experience as a private foundation executive, impact investment fund manager, consultant, and policy researcher, including 15 years as a professor at Columbia and Duke Universities, Cathy has worked with hundreds of organizations, companies, funds and institutions working to develop innovative solutions to social and environmental problems, including the White House Office of Social Innovation, The Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, Calvert Foundation, IPIHD, USAID, Pacific Community Ventures and ImpactAssets, as well as with global health ventures working to scale their impact across East Africa and India.  She is the board chair for Investors’ Circle, an advisor to ICAP Partners, and helped create the standards for B Corporations and the Global Impact Investing Rating System. Prior to her academic work she was a professional impact investor, who founded and ran a foundation and venture fund incubated by Fred Wilson and Jerry Colonna of Flatiron Partners, a JP Morgan Partners affiliate, and was Vice President at the Markle Foundation, where she helped two foundation presidents manage the foundation’s portfolio of grants and program-related investments over seven years.  Cathy holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She has published over 25 books, articles and case studies. Her blogposts have appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post, Skoll World Forum, Next Billion, the World Economic Forum and on CASE Notes. She tweets at @cathyhc.