Board of Directors

 

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Martin Bourqui

Martin is a technology and operations consultant living in San Francisco, California. He first became involved in endowment organizing in 2008 at Tufts University with the support of REC, working to try to improve transparency and make the university's investments more aligned with the institution's mission statement. He joined the steering committee in 2009 after graduation, and served as National Organizer from 2010 to 2012 while based in Brooklyn, New York. While National Organizer, he participated in REC's community investment / Wall Street divestment campaign, lent REC's support to the Occupy movement's efforts, and helped support the first fossil fuel divestment campaigns on campuses. In addition to working with REC, he also supports organizing in the Bay Area on the housing and homelessness crises and sustainable urbanism.

 

Ben Collins

Ben was most recently Associate Director at MSI Integrity, a nonprofit organization that researches multi-stakeholder human rights and environmental standards. Previously, Ben was a Senior Research and Policy Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network, where he led research and financial sector engagement on climate and energy issues, and was also a sustainable investment research analyst at EIRIS and KLD Research & Analytics. He has also researched business and human rights issues involving the oil, gas, and mining industries for Human Rights Watch and Oxfam. Ben served on REC’s board of directors as Treasurer from 2010-2013.

 

 

 

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Yessica Gonzalez 

Yessica Gonzalez is an Undocumented Queer Femme, born in Tijuana, Baja California and raised in Perris, (Southern) California. Shortly after completing High School in 2012, they got involved with the undocumented youth movement after being unable to pursue a higher education. In 2013, they began organizing with the Immigrant Youth Coalition to stop the collaboration between ICE and local law enforcement. Their work has consisted of organizing alongside youth/family members to fight against deportations and lead “free the people” campaigns and challenge anti-immigrant legislation. This work has led Yessica to become a steering committee member of the Prison Divestment Campaign in California to denounce the exploitation of people of colors by private prison corporations. Their activism comes from an abolitionist perspective to ensure that directly impacted peoples are at the forefront to fight for liberation and to dismantle white supremacist, Cis-Hetero patriarchy systems of oppression. Aside from being a community organizer, they are currently pursuing their BA in Gender and Ethnic Studies and will be transferring to the University of California Los Angeles from San Diego Mesa College. They/them

 

Annie McShiras

Annie is an investment associate at Self-Help Federal Credit Union, one of the fastest growing community development credit unions in the country with more than 130,000 member-owners. Passionate about creating the change we seek, Annie has been promoting movements and cultivating resources for economic justice, the solidarity economy, and systems change for the past decade. Annie has worked in organizations on issues ranging from worker cooperative development to homelessness prevention to impact investing. Previously, Annie has served as Director of Development and Strategic Growth at The Working World and as Development Director at the Responsible Endowments Coalition from 2011-2014.

 

 

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Beatrice is a student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia pursuing a B.A in Geography, a minor in Environmental Sustainability and a certificate in Geographic Information Science. For the past 2 years, she has been a student organizer with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) and the Virginia Student Power Network (VPSN) which both promote social justice and student power throughout the state of Virginia. She organized for the DivestUMW campaign on her campus, which has helped remove investments of the University's endowment from the fossil fuel industry. She also works very closely with UMW Students United, which advocates to create a greater sense of transparency as well as social and economic responsibility on campus. She is very excited to join the Board for REC. In her free time Beatrice can be found enjoying mangos, reading about the intersections of environmental and racial justice issues, or playing the violin.

 

Morgan Simon

 

Morgan founded REC in 2004 as a student at Swarthmore and then served as its founding Executive Director from 2005-2009. Morgan has close to two decades of experience making finance a tool for social justice. In that time she has influenced over $150B and is a regularly sought out expert on impact investing. Her book, Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change has been featured everywhere from Harvard Business School to the United Nations. She is a regular voice in media and active investor as Founding Partner of Candide Group, a Registered Investment Advisor.

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