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Debra Schwartz

Managing Director, Impact Investments

Debra Schwartz


Debra is Managing Director, Impact Investments and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation–a private, global philanthropy with approximately $6 billion in assets and annual grantmaking of roughly $250 million. A pioneer in impact investing, MacArthur has dedicated $500 million of its assets to this purpose. Debra’s group serves as a Foundation-wide resource and engages deeply with selected program teams to devise impact investments that advance key goals. Her group also makes investments and grants that advance innovation, knowledge and connection throughout the impact investment ecosystem, with a focus on fostering the use of catalytic capital.

Debra joined MacArthur in 1995, having previously worked as an investment banker at John Nuveen & Co., and as CFO for a nonprofit child welfare agency. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Debra was a presidential appointee to the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and a founder of the Mission Investors Exchange.

She holds a master's degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Yale College, summa cum laude.

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