Cornerstone Capital Inc., a leading financial services firm today named Jennifer Leonard as a Director of Manager Due Diligence, supporting the Cornerstone Capital Investment Advisory business.
Leonard comes to the firm from The CAPROCK Group, where she was Vice President of Impact Investing and co-led the firm’s impact practice. She will be based in New York and report to Craig Metrick.
“Jennifer will bring tremendous value to our investment advisory proposition as the depth and breadth of our Asset Manager Due Diligence capabilities continue to expand. Her vast and unique industry experience will immediately be leveraged on behalf of all clients on both the investment and corporate advisory sides of the house,” said Erika Karp, CEO and Founder of Cornerstone Capital Group.
“I am looking forward to joining the growing team at Cornerstone. The opportunity to contribute to the firm’s strong due diligence and research platform is truly exciting,” said Leonard.
In a career spanning microfinance, institutional financial services and impact investing, Leonard has developed a unique skill set in working to deploy capital for social and financial returns. At CAPROCK, she helped clients build customized, impact-mandated portfolios. From 2009-13, she was a Latin America equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley following the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Prior to that, she launched the initial version of a microfinance equity fund at Women’s World Banking. From 2005-07, Leonard served as CFO of SKS Microfinance, one of the largest microfinance institutions in India. She began her business career at Merrill Lynch in equity research focused on the US Wireline Telecom Services sector.
Leonard holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston University. She is a CFA charterholder and a former American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow.
“As an analyst, investor and consultant in the impact space, Jennifer brings specific knowledge and experience that clients increasingly expect from advisors. I know Cornerstone clients will appreciate her contribution to our manager platform and other intellectual capital,” said Craig Metrick, Director of Manager Due Diligence and Thematic Research. “She will have a very positive impact on colleagues, clients and Cornerstone’s contributions to the sustainable and impact investing community.”
Cornerstone Capital’s timely and motivating philosophy is to drive a positive societal impact by leveraging the various functions of the capital markets. In offering investment management, advisory and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with both corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.
About Cornerstone Capital Group
Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for organizations around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.
Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with organizations including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism.
Cornerstone Capital Inc. is certified as a women owned business and is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Securities offered through Strategic Marketing Solutions Ltd., LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC.
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