This panel will explore how different types of financial institutions—from those focused on start-ups to those that support larger, established cooperatives—deepen a co-op's impact for its members and communities. The panel will also consider economic trends co-ops are (or should be) a part of and examine how financing institutions are responding to the changing needs of co-op sub-sectors and working with partners to optimize the cooperative ecosystem.
Donovan has deep roots in community development and finance. She was most recently Chief Executive Officer of CoMetrics, a social enterprise that provides high quality, affordable business intelligence tools to co-ops, small businesses and nonprofits seeking to improve financial management, better measure their social impact, and increase their capacity for innovation.
Prior to CoMetrics, Donovan was Senior Policy Advisor to the White House, working collaboratively with the Office of Social Innovation and the Council on Environmental Quality. She was part of a team focused on advancing impact investing, social enterprise and impact data as key strategies for improving the social sector.
Donovan has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Capital Impact Partners, a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a 30-year history delivering strategic financing, social innovation programs and capacity building to create social change and deliver financial impact nationwide.
Learn more about Donovan and our other IMPACT 2017 speakers here!