Kim Dempsey is deputy director of the Social Investment Practice at The Kresge Foundation.
In that role, Kim works with Kresge program teams and external borrowers, financial intermediaries, banks and policy makers to identify areas where lack of capital is a barrier to helping vulnerable people improve their life circumstances.
She structures social investments using debt, equity and guarantees and helps monitor those commitments. Kim played a central role in Kresge’s first social venture capital initiative, a partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation to finance companies that have technology- or service-based solutions that help health centers better serve patients.
“I have long been concerned with how best to bring capital into low-income communities in an efficient and impactful way,” she says. “With a full spectrum of capital resources at its disposal, Kresge has the ability to bring about powerful and positive change.”
Prior to joining Kresge in 2014, Kim worked at Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact), a national non-profit community development financial institution. She held a number of positions in the organization including director of strategy and innovation. Most recently, Kim was senior director of lending and managed the team originating loans to organizations in underserved communities. She was also responsible for leading the strategic and tactical planning for multiple market sectors, and contributing to the development of new products and services.
Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa with bachelor of arts degrees in community studies and sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
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