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Using Your Values to Invest in Social Change.
Episode 2 with Upaya Social Ventures CEO Kate Cochran.
Oikocredit US is pleased to announce the next guest in our free webinar series, Alignment. In this episode,
we will talk to Kate Cochran, CEO at Upaya Social Ventures.
Upaya Social Ventures is a social investor who's mission is to fight extreme poverty from the ground up by building scalable businesses, dignified jobs, and long-term prosperity in the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Kate is a fierce believer that global poverty is not inevitable and that market forces and individual resolve are some
of the sharpest tools available to us in that fight.
For the past several years, she has held leadership positions in international development organizations providing financial services and access to higher education to millions of the world’s poorest citizens. She served as Chief Operating Officer for Vittana, directing strategy for stimulating student loan markets in developing countries and later served as a consultant and board member disseminating the learnings from that organization.
Prior to Vittana, she held a range of executive roles at Unitus, a microfinance accelerator. She is a founding Board member of Upaya Social Ventures and served as its Chair and Treasurer prior to joining the staff.
In addition, Kate has consulted independently with a range of nonprofit organizations and social businesses. She is
a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and the intersection of markets and mission at business schools and conferences.
Kate holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Oikocredit US’s Matt Eldridge and Sara Shoff will interview Kate and discuss the impact individuals can make when they align their investments with their values.