Hattie Brown

Hattie is an experienced professional in the areas of impact and ESG-factor investment and impact measurement and management strategy, with subject-matter expertise in food and nutrition and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Managing Director of Impact and ESG

Hattie serves as Managing Director of Impact and ESG at Kirchner Group, Sub-Advisor to Kirchner Asset Management, and Co-Manager of the Kirchner Impact Foundation.

In her role, Hattie is responsible for developing ESG and impact measurement and management strategies for investee due diligence and portfolio monitoring and leading strategic efforts of the Foundation in alignment with its mission to train a diverse generation of capital allocators in communities underserved by capital markets. As part of her work with the Foundation, she leads the impact investment fellowship program for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Before joining Kirchner, Hattie was Manager of the Impact Finance practice with Summit Consulting, where she performed underwriting, financial and impact due diligence, and other advisory services, for clients across a range of asset classes, return objectives, and impact themes. Her projects included financial underwriting and impact due diligence for the deployment of $9b to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and minority depository institutions (MDIs) operating in underbanked communities, supporting women and minority-owned businesses and low-income individuals. Hattie has also served on the Data Foundation’s ESG Working Group, developing guidance related to the SEC’s climate change-related disclosures for investors and recommendations for ESG data collection and reporting.

Hattie previously worked for an impact fund focused on innovation in mental health, where she designed the fund’s strategy for investing in nutrition, developed tools for modeling impact and an approach for incorporating practices fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in investment criteria. Just prior, Hattie worked for MSCI in the ESG Research practice, where she developed a methodology for investing in nutritious products as part of the Sustainable Impact Index, as well as indicators for measuring human capital risk and management.

Hattie holds a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Master in International Business from Tufts University. She was a 2018-19 investment fellow with the Kirchner Impact Foundation.