Betsy Zeidman

Senior Fellow, Milken Institute

Betsy-ZeidmanBetsy Zeidman is a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, with expertise in impact investing, community development finance, corporate governance and strategic philanthropy; and an Executive Fellow at the USC Center for Communication Technology Management.  She consults with investment funds and organizations on building and growing sustainable investment programs that generate positive financial and social returns.

She previously served as the inaugural director of the RFK Compass Program at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Compass Program engages institutional investors to explore and advance the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues.

Earlier, Zeidman served as director of the Milken Institute’s Center for Emerging Domestic Markets.  She managed the Institute’s work in mission-related investing, corporate governance and development finance, working with institutional and individual investors, foundations, governments, entrepreneurs and policymakers.

Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Zeidman provided strategic management and marketing advisory services to clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors, with a specialty in corporate responsibility and financial performance. She also held senior roles in financial and business affairs at several entertainment companies. She received both her B.A., cum laude with distinction, and her M.B.A. from Yale University.

Zeidman is a member of the board of directors of US SIF – the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment;  and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Community Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and the Council of National Advisors for Springboard Enterprises, a national organization catalyzing equity capital for high-growth, women-led companies.  She has authored numerous reports and op-eds, and speaks frequently at industry conferences and to the media.