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Debra Schwartz

Managing Director, Impact Investments

Debra is the Managing Director of Impact Investments and serves on the Executive Leadership Team at MacArthur, which has dedicated $500 million of its assets to impact investing. Debra’s group serves as a Foundation-wide resource, and engages deeply with selected teams to help develop strategy and devise impact investments that advance key goals. A former investment banker, Debra also leads the creation of new impact investment products and platforms that foster easier, more efficient, and more productive connections among multiple impact investors and social sector organizations.

She joined MacArthur in 1995, having worked at a Chicago-based child welfare agency. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Debra has also served on the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and the founding board for the Mission Investors Exchange. 

She earned a Master's degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Yale College, summa cum laude.

Debra Schwartz works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Impact Investments

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"Building the Market for Impact Investments"

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Video: Debra Schwartz on Impact Investing

In this CASE Chat, Managing Director Debra Schwartz explains how private foundations can act as a catalyst for impact investing, the importance of tri-sector leadership in the field, and her big wish for impact investing as ... Read More