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Lauren Counts

Senior Director, Strategy, Innovation and Impact Management
Capital Impact Partners

Ms. Counts is Sr. Director of Strategy, Innovation and Impact Management at Capital Impact Partners, a national community development financial institution (CDFI).  Founded in 1981, Capital Impact Partners has generated over $2.5 billion in investments that contribute to the health and well-being of people at every stage of life.  Ms. Counts leads strategic planning and development of new products that generate positive social impact and business value. Sectors include health care and education, healthy foods, cooperatives, affordable housing and aging. She serves on the Board of Directors of two national organizations committed to affordable housing and homeownership: ROC USA and Grounded Solutions Network. Previously, she was Director of Inclusive Finance at Enclude Ltd., where she led a multi-national team of access to finance experts across Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa in the areas of small business, housing, agribusiness and clean energy finance. Over the past 25 years, Ms. Counts has worked with commercial banks, microfinance institutions, investment funds, non-profits, foundations, and multilateral agencies to expand access to finance for underserved people globally. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.