Our People

David Wood, Ph.D, Director
David Wood directs the IRI’s research and field-building work on responsible investment across asset classes, and currently manages projects on RI strategy with pension fund trustees, mission investing by foundations, the changing landscape of community investing in the US, and impact investing and public policy. Prior to joining the IRI he taught the History of Ethics, including the History of Economic Thought and Human Rights, at Boston University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University. Contact him at 617.384.8322 or david_wood@hks.harvard.edu.

Steve Lydenberg, Founding Director
Steve Lydenberg is Partner, Strategic Vision of Domini Social Investments and Founding Director of the IRI. He has been active in social research since 1975. Steve was a founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now known as Trillium Asset Management). For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research.

Steve has written numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility and responsible investing. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Investing for Good(Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac(Henry Holt, 1992),  and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986) and has published a variety of papers on the philosophy and practice of sustainable investing. Recent publications include “From Transparency to Performance: Industry-Based Sustainability Reporting on Key Issues”, co-authored with David Wood and Jean Rogers of Arup, and a recently published book, Dilemmas in Socially Responsible Investment, co-authored with Celine Louche. Steve holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College and an M.F.A. in theater arts from Cornell University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. Contact him atsteve_lydenberg@hks.harvard.edu.

Katie Grace, Program Manager
Katie Grace is Program Manager at the Initiative for Responsible Investment, where she oversees office management and conducts research on public policy and impact investment, sustainable cities investment, and place-based frameworks for community development.  She has authored or co-authored a number of works at the IRI, including the recent “Impact at Scale: Policy Innovation for Institutional Investment with Social and Environmental Benefit.”  Prior to coming to the IRI at the Hauser Center, she worked as a research analyst at the Tellus Institute on projects including the identification of key sustainability performance indicators for a major oil and gas company, market definition for a nonprofit launching a single global sustainable standard for products and services, and case study analysis of the effects of university endowments on employment and the community. Katie graduated with honors from Williams College with a BA, cum laude, in Political Science and a Concentration in Leadership Studies, and is currently pursuing an ALM in Government from the Harvard Extension School. Contact her at 617.495.1904 or katie_grace@hks.harvard.edu.

Annie Olszewski, Communications and Operations Coordinator
Annie supports the IRI’s research activities through participation in analysis and administrative support as Staff Associate.  She is a 2011 graduate of Bucknell University with a BA, cum laude, in French with a concentration in Economics.  Her economics studies had a particular interest and focus in alternative economic theories, culminating in an independent research project analyzing the development of a dominant capitalist discourse in American media outlets and educational institutions.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Finance at the Harvard Extension School. Contact her at 617.496.2213 or annie_olszewski@hks.harvard.edu.

Erin Shackelford, Program Manager, Trustee Leadership Forum
Erin will be working part-time on the TLF, focusing on expanding and deepening trustee relationships and developing issue-specific resources. Prior to joining the IRI team, Erin was a labor organizer, most recently working as the Director of Organizing for SEIU Local 509 based in Watertown, MA.  Erin has fifteen years of experience in the field of labor organizing
and labor relations and has worked for SEIU, AFSCME and the AFT.  She holds a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contact her at 617.495.3837 or erin_shackelford@hks.harvard.edu.

Jay Youngdahl, Senior Fellow
Jay Youngdahl is a lawyer and writer who is active in the field of responsible investment.  He is a partner in the Houston based law firm, Youngdahl & Citti, P.C.  For over thirty years he has served as Fund Counsel to a number Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds, and is retained to provide expert legal opinions to public and private funds.  Since 2007 he has served as an independent Trustee of the Middletown Works Hourly and Salaried Union Health Care Fund (VEBA).  Jay has written a number of pieces on the issue of Responsible Investment and the role of Trustees in such efforts.  Presently, he is active with the IRI’s Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security. Jay is a Fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Law and holds a B.S. from the University of Houston, a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. from St. John’s College, and a M.Div. from Harvard University. Contact him at jay_youngdahl@hks.harvard.edu.

JG headshot suit HRJames Gifford, Ph.D, Senior Fellow
Dr. James Gifford was the founder and first Executive Director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, leading the initiative from its inception in 2003 until November 2013. As Senior Research Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, he is researching and writing on sustainable private equity in developing countries and delivering positive impact within mainstream pension and foundation investment strategies. He is a Senior Strategic Advisor to Tau Investment Management. He is also a guest lecturer at Imperial College London, a visiting fellow at the University of St Andrews and has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment. Dr. Gifford has a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. He was named by the World Economic Forum in 2010 as one of 200 Young Global Leaders. Contact him at james_gifford@hks.harvard.edu.

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Falko Paetzold, Visiting Scholar
Falko Paetzold is a Visiting Scholar to the IRI for the 2014 academic year. Falko investigates cognition and barriers that limit the engagement of wealthy private investors, family offices and investment advisors in sustainable investing. During his time with the IRI, he will be working with IRI Senior Fellow, Dr. James Gifford, to explore the development and execution of impact investing strategies at family offices. He is a PhD student at University of Zurich, Founder of the GreenBuzz network of 2’000+ sustainability professionals in Zurich, Berlin, Manila and Stockholm, and Associate Partner with the consulting group, Contrast Capital. He was a researcher at the ETH Zurich SusTec and NECOM and worked for four years on the sustainable investment processes at a private bank and asset manager. Falko holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in business administration (BBA, MBA) following studies at the Swiss University of St. Gallen, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Contact him at falko_paetzold@hks.harvard.edu.