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Susan Hammel, CFA, Founder

As a philosophy major who went to Wall Street, Susan Hammel translates between passionate social changemakers and expert accountants. In her role as Founder of Cogent Consulting Inc., Susan is serving her second year as Minnesota Council on Foundation Executive in Residence for impact investing, designed and launched the new $20 million Minnesota Impact Investing Collaborative fund, and is leading the charge to map the Twin Cities impact investing ecosystem, thanks to support from the Bush Foundation and the Otto Bremer Trust. Susan has served as Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and CFO for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington DC. She obtained her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated cum laude Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota. Susan has extensive board experience, serving on the Sunrise Banks’ Advisory Board and prior chair of the Citizens League and NPH USA. A lifelong lover of water, (liquid or frozen) Susan and her family reside in Deephaven, a lakeside community outside Minneapolis where she enjoys sailing, kayaking and skiing.

Email: shammel@cogentconsulting.net

Eric White, CAIA, Principal

Eric joined Cogent in 2016 after a decade at Slocum, a full service investment consulting firm serving more than 100 clients representing over $100 billion in assets. As cofounder and head of Slocum’s Responsible Investment Strategies Group, Eric worked with mission-driven organizations, advising on policy and program construction, investment manager selection, and program monitoring and assessment placing more than $300 million in impact investments across more than 20 religious, foundation, and corporate clients. As a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, he combines fund and security underwriting expertise with a global orientation, applying a practical. action-driven approach through a holistic perspective. A recognized leader in impact investing in the region, he has spoken at multiple conferences nationally.

Email: ewhite@cogentconsulting.net

Tara Kumar

Tara Kumar, Associate

Tara joined Cogent in 2017, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience working with mission driven organizations. She has experience in grants management, grant review and grantwriting. In her former role as Program Manager with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, she supported the membership’s peer learning networks, including the Mission Investing Network. Tara received a bachelor’s degree focused on race, gender and class inequality from Duke University and has a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Email: tkumar@cogentconsulting.net

Alex Hsiao

Alex Hsiao, Associate

Alex joined Cogent in early 2016, and combines his experience as a designer with his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota to understand and visualize information. Alex built the interactive systems map of impact investing activity in the Twin Cities. Alex previously served as the president of Minnesota Microlenders where he grew the membership from 25 to 89 and organized fundraisers for entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Email: ahsiao@cogentconsulting.net