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, Partner

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, Principal

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

Akua Konadu, Communications & Marketing Director

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 story 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 degree in Biology.

Email: akonadu@cogentconsulting.net


Mika Takamori, Summer Intern

Mika first joined Cogent as an Extern in 2019 and has recently returned as the Summer Intern. Prior to Cogent she was an Organizing Fellow at the Asian American Organizing Project in St. Paul, where she focused on increasing access to accurate information about the 2020 Census. Mika has also served as the Summer Intern at the Carleton College Investment Office, where she developed a report on the significance and current state of ESG Investing. She is a recent graduate of Carleton College, with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in History. 

Email: mtakamori@cogentconsulting.net