The Missing Middle – Interview with David Simms

Previously, David served as president of Opportunity U.S., a global microfinance organization with some ten million clients. He has chaired the U.S., Global, and MicroEnsure boards over decades of involvement. David was a Partner with Bridgespan, a senior executive at MBNA America, CEO of the Red Cross Washington/Baltimore Region, and a White House Fellow. He started his career at Bain & Co.

David holds an MBA and JD from Harvard and earned two bachelors from the Univ. of Pennsylvania graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He and his wife Kim live in suburban Philadelphia.

The article mentioned in the show about using DAFs for Impact Investing is in the current edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

About the author, Edwin

From Green Beret to Private Equity...

Hello, my name is Edwin, I am a social iMpact investor and a managing partner of a private equity management group, Vertical Fund Management. I believe in People ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ | Purpose ๐ŸŒŽ | Profit ๐Ÿ’ฐ and this is reflected not only in the mission of my company, but will be the topic for an upcoming podcast I will be hosting.

My fund and I are focused on addressing an epidemic social dilemma seen throughout the US today, the Veteran dilemma of Homelessness ๐Ÿš, Unemployment ๐Ÿ›’ and the loss of a Purpose Driven Life. Our goal is to eradicate this dilemma by addressing sustainability, conservational, and technological social challenges through Real Estate Investing.

Why is the Veteran dilemma so close to my heart? Having been honorably discharged after 13 1/2 years of service in the United States Army, with multiple combat tours as an Infantryman, and as a Green Beret, I experienced the challenges that veterans go through; adapting to civilian life again, finding purpose after the service, struggles with the experiences I endured and lived through, and most importantly how to reintegrate with my family.

We have all heard the statistic of veteran suicide rate being higher than their civilian counterparts. The veteran community also suffers from increasing homelessness and struggles with readjusting to civilian life and more importantly finding their new life's life's purpose outside of the military.

I believe that the veteran community's dilemma can be solved by addressing sustainability, conservational and technological social challenges through real estate investing, and this is exactly what my fund and I are focused on solving. If you would like to find out more about becoming a guest on the podcast becoming a partner investor with our fund, or how your organization can partner with us to address Veteran Homelessness ๐Ÿš, Unemployment ๐Ÿ›’ and the loss of a Purpose Driven Life, please reach out via email

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