Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > How outcome-based financing delivers results in the skilling & employment space

Brian Trelstad

February 22, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Brian Trelstad

Brian Trelstad is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School in the General Management Unit, teaching an elective course on Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change and the first-year required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA). His teaching and research focuses on social entrepreneurship, systems change, impact investing, and the role of business in society.

Brian is also a Partner and Board Member at Bridges Fund Management, an impact investing fund that invests in health, education and environmental services business. Prior to Bridges, Brian was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, where he oversaw investments in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Brian is a co-chair of Impact Capital Managers, a national membership association of impact investors in the United States and a founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). Prior to Acumen, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and has been involved in a range of non-profit and for-profit start ups. Brian serves on the board of VisionSpring, Candid, and New Jersey Future and is both a Kauffman Fellow of the Center for Venture Education and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


Nat Ware

February 17, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Nat Ware

Dr Nat Ware is a global leader in both research and practice in the fields of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. He is the Founder/CEO of two successful global social ventures. In 2007 he founded 180 Degrees Consulting (www.180dc.org) and grew it into the world’s largest consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises, with 175 branches across 48 countries and over 6 million hours of services provided. 180 Degrees also aims to develop the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Over 100,000 university students have been a part of 180 Degrees to date. Nat is also the Founder/CEO of Forte (www.forteofficial.com), which is a new way to finance education and healthcare at no cost to either individuals or governments, and without needing philanthropy. The FORTE model (which stands for Financing Of Return To Employment) was developed as part of Dr Ware’s pioneering PhD at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, which was awarded with “no corrections”. The FORTE model aims to perfectly align social impact and financial returns at the systems level, and solve the challenges with Income Share Agreements (ISAs), Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), and other approaches to impact investing. The FORTE model has already been successfully implemented in Australia, Colombia and Costa Rica.

Nat Ware was also the Top Oxford MBA Student, the Best Performer in Development Economics at Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton. In addition to the FORTE model, Nat has invented a new way to measure social impact (DEMI – Discounted Expected Marginal Impact) and a better way to measure poverty. Nat is also a Forbes 30 Under 30 List Maker, Goldman Sachs Global Leader, Asia 21 Fellow, Two-Time World Public Speaking Grand Finalist, a Rybakov Laureate, Australian State Young Achiever of the Year, received the Highest Scoring Speech at the World Debating Championships, and is the only-ever Two-Time Global Winner of the prestigious St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. He has swum the English Channel with friends to raise money for charitable initiatives, completed a full Ironman triathlon, and given three TEDx talks with over two million views.


Mike Silvestri

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Mike Silvestri

Mike Silvestri is a Director at Social Finance, where he leads the firm’s impact investing partnerships with donor-advised funds, family offices, and foundations. Mike also helps oversee Social Finance’s career impact bond portfolio, including developing regional workforce funds to finance upskilling/reskilling for low-income individuals. Prior to joining Social Finance, Mike served on the Strategic Operations team within the Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, spearheading numerous efforts to improve service delivery across the Commonwealth. Before that, Mike worked as a social impact consultant at FSG, where he helped corporations, foundations, and nonprofits develop strategies to solve systemic social challenges spanning health, education, and economic mobility. He brings extensive experience in the design, implementation, and scaling of education and workforce programs. Prior to FSG, Mike began his career as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where he advised Fortune 500 clients in addressing a range of strategic and operational issues across the energy, retail, and healthcare industries. Mike has founded and currently helps lead an NGO that provides education, leadership development, and college preparation to thousands of South African township youth. Mike has a joint MPP/MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He has received numerous awards for his leadership at the intersection of business and public service, including the Zuckerman Fellowship, Dukakis Fellowship, Harvey Fellowship, Rock Summer Fellowship, George Fellowship, and HBS Leadership Fellowship. He received his BA in Economics with Honors from Harvard College.


Amy E. Nishman

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Amy E. Nishman

Amy is responsible for leading strategic agency initiatives that bring resources to the agency and help JVS become more coordinated, and client centered. She leads JVS’s innovative $15 million Pay for Success project, Pathways to Economic Advancement, the first focused exclusively on workforce development. Amy also works on JVS’s Public Policy initiatives, as well as agency-wide data quality and continuous improvement. She develops service delivery models that respond to the changing economy, allowing JVS students to move into and up career ladders. She advances the agency’s Public Policy platform through local and state-level workforce policy solutions and works to improve JVS’s overall data collection and analysis to best measure our impact. Amy has worked in social services for over 20 years. Before coming to JVS, she worked at a reproductive health center leading two state-wide initiatives. She has also done public health advocacy as well as worked in various direct service positions assisting people living with HIV, pregnant and parenting adolescents, substance users, and poor and homeless women. Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Social Work from Boston University.