Robin Hacke joined The Kresge Foundation in 2014 as a senior fellow in the Executive Office. She leads a project to improve the ability of cities to attract and leverage capital for investment in public purposes and to explore how philanthropy can develop strategies that advance this goal.
The project looks at how cities can define strategic priorities, develop a pipeline of investable opportunities and improve the enabling environment for financing socially and environmentally beneficial efforts. With the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, Robin is researching how places build the capacity to absorb capital; working with cities, foundations and public-sector leaders interested in using the capital-absorption framework to help advance their programmatic objectives; and publishing papers and tools to share what is being learned.
The project builds on work begun at Living Cities, a partnership among major foundations and financial institutions, where Robin served as director of capital innovation for nearly seven years. At Living Cities, she co-developed and managed capital deployment for the $80 million Integration Initiative. She spearheaded the creation of the Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits and completed investments in areas such as equitable transit-oriented development, foreclosure mitigation, food access and new approaches such as pay for performance.
She is a member of the steering committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge. She has worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on efforts to build healthy places and has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Robin spent 20 years guiding the growth of technology companies as a venture capitalist, strategy consultant and director. She was previously a banker in the public finance department at Shearson Lehman Brothers. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts in government from Harvard-Radcliffe College.
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