Our mission is to connect purpose-driven enterprises and investors with the fuel of capital and strategies to meet their goals. We exist to make a lasting, efficient, positive social, and environmental impact through changing the way people think about money.
We serve investors, foundations, and social entrepreneurs looking to align more of their assets with their mission and values.
We are dedicated to making a significant difference in social and environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally. Our future requires a deep structural movement that ensures real and lasting change.
We are dedicated to delivering the best results to our clients. By using a combination of experience, industry-leading processes, and innovative strategies we provide accurate advice that helps our clients make a meaningful difference in the social issues important to them.
We honor the full lives of our team, clients, and colleagues. We adhere to business practices that enable us to not only work to our fullest capacity but rest and recharge so we can continue to provide the best services to our clients
We are open and honest with our clients about the work we do for them by providing a clear-eyed assessment of the opportunities and risks in a real-life cultural context. Our goal is to empower our clients by equipping them with information that is simple and accessible. We ensure our own financial practices support our ability to remain objective (for example, by not accepting “success fees”).
We approach our work with a dedication to engage with the diverse world around us, to see inequities, and work to change them and actively include those too long excluded from our industry. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our clients, collaborators, and team members.
We do not compromise our values and we hold all information gathered from our clients with the strictest confidentiality.
Susan Hammel, CFA, translates between mission-driven change-makers and expert investors. Susan began her career at Prudential Impact Investments where she managed an $88 million impact portfolio and obtained her CFA® . Susan’s Harvard MPP and cum laude philosophy degree from Carleton College inspired her to leave Wall Street and use her financial acumen to help mission-driven organizations.
Susan has extensive board experience, serving on the Fresh Energy Board, Minnetonka Yacht Club Board, and Carleton Careers Advisory Board. Previously she served on the Sunrise Banks’ Advisory Board and was 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 competitive sailing, recreational kayaking, and skiing.
Eric brings an open, learning, client-centered, and increasingly culturally-competent, action-oriented approach to his work. Coming to finance later in life, he began his higher education pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of Montana but ultimately switched to business, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Metropolitan State University in Twin Cities, with a sojourn for certification in traditional music from the Conservatoire National Douta Seck in Dakar, Senegal and many years as a carpenter, musician, and artist.
Eric joined Cogent in 2016 after a decade at Slocum (now Pavillion, a Mercer Practice), a full-service investment consulting firm serving more than 100 clients representing over $120 billion in assets. As co-founder and head of Slocum’s Responsible Investment Strategies Group, Eric worked with mission-driven organizations, advising on policy and program construction, sourcing and completing investment manager selection, and program monitoring and assessment, placing more than $300 million in impact investments and another $2 billion in traditional private investments across the religious, foundation, and corporate clients. At Cogent, he is most gratified by designing the now $90 million Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative Fund collaborative and working with $10 million, $100 million, and $1 billion clients to move from interested to invested in impact. A resident of Saint Paul, he spends his free time enjoying bouldering and skateboarding with his sons, walks with his wife and 4 dogs, and playing adult baseball.
Terri Barreiro is an expert in systems change and a mission-driven venture advisor. She is an adjunct instructor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and venture advisor to students at Carlson School of Business, U of MN. She is co-founder of and volunteer venture coach at Impact Hub MSP and consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
She is co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: the Journey from Issue to Viable Venture and founder of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns’ University. She brings to her work more than 30 years of experience as a nationally recognized nonprofit and philanthropy leader with extensive experience in United Way, corporate giving, and family foundation operations. She earned an MBA and BA cum laude at the University of Minnesota as well as completed an Executive MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University. She has enjoyed volunteering throughout her life, currently serving on the boards of Community Giving, Close Gaps by 5, Folk School Warroad, Market Access Fund, and Impact Hub MSP. Enjoying birds, nurturing native gardens and prairies is how she shares her leisure hours with her husband.
Akua joined Cogent in 2019 and is our Communications & Marketing Director. She is a freelance social media strategist who provides coaching to help entrepreneurs share their stories in a way that will make an impact, build a community, and accomplish their business goals.
Through this, she has successfully executed several marketing campaigns for several of her clients. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Graduated from Concordia University-Portland with a Master’s of Education. Angel is a talented Social Media Marketer and Copywriter. Her clients love her conversational tone. She has been helping businesses elevate since 2017.
She started working with Cogent because she believes wholeheartedly in the work they do. “My people have been overlooked and turned away time and time again. Their potential untapped due to systemic racism. The time is now to do good well.” She has seen first hand the opportunities created for marginalized communities through impact investing. She knew being on the Cogent Team was where she needed to be. When she isn’t working, you can find her having dance parties with her family or binging reality tv. She is fueled by homemade caramel macchiatos, baecations, and her little one’s smile.
If you are a foundation, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, or investor that wants to use the tools of finance and sustainability to change the world click below to see how we can help you!