Natalie Kim ’10 works at the intersection of critical social/environmental issues and private capital investments
Natalie Kim '10 works at the intersection of critical social/environmental issues and private capital investments. This junction referred to as “impact investing,” seeks to harness private capital to achieve benefits for society and for the planet. Clean energy, financial inclusion, environmental markets, and sustainable infrastructure are some areas Natalie’s projects at Encourage Capital address. For instance, Natalie is eagerly working on an India Solar Energy Fund which will enable small and medium-sized businesses in India to install solar rooftops, switching over to renewable energy. Natalie has also helped launch the “Sustainable Solutions Collaborative,” an international competition through which organizations and entrepreneurs compete for $250,000 grants to enable them to scale up promising innovations. The winning projects in this year’s (first-ever) round of grants address a range of issues, from urban forests to plastics waste to affordable health care.
Previously, Natalie was living in the San Francisco Bay Area for a few years working as a corporate strategy consultant. The numerous wildfires burning across California prompted her to want to shift gears, “to do something more hands-on and impactful.” She is happy to have found her way to impact investing, and says she is “inspired by the people she works with every day.”