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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

Terri Barreiro

Terri Barreiro is 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, consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and contributing member of the consulting team at Cogent Consulting. She is co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: the Journey from Issue to Viable Venture. She brings to her work more than 30 years experience as nationally recognized nonprofit and philanthropy leader and consultant strengthening the sector as well as a decade as founding leader and educator for an academic center dedicated to entrepreneurship development of college students. She earned an MBA and BA cum laude at University of Minnesota as well as completing an Executive MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an active volunteer through out her live and currently serves on the Boards of Community Giving and Close Gaps by 5.

Email: terribarreiro@icloud.com

Samantha Bailey, Associate

Samantha brings a balance of experience in policy advocacy, program management and community development finance in a racial justice framework to Cogent. She is committed to transforming dominant investment paradigms through intentional impact investing and community development practice to correct the legacies of genocide and enslavement that built the United States. In addition to working with Cogent, Samantha works as a Project Manager for Landon Group, an affordable housing development consulting firm. She received her MBA-MPP from the University of Minnesota and BA from Wesleyan University.

Email: hodge084@umn.edu

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