THE ILLUMEN CAPITAL TEAM BRINGS OVER 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN IMPACT, PRIVATE EQUITY, AND VENTURE CAPITAL.
Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Daryn previously led the Special Equities Program as a consultant to the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $12 billion pioneer of the impact investing field. Through this vehicle, Calvert maintains a portfolio of more than 40 funds on five continents, representing over 350 underlying portfolio companies. Prior to serving as a consultant to Calvert, Daryn served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest over 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Dodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben and Jerry’s. He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he serves on the Dean’s Management Board, and his A.B. from Duke University.
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Jason cares deeply about building more inclusive and equitable markets. For 15 years, Jason has supported leading impact investors in aligning their capital with their values.
Prior to joining Illumen Capital, Jason built, scaled and led the investor relations function for Global Partnerships, helping source over $250 million in impact-first capital from families, foundations, religious institutions, and development banks. During his time with the organization Jason developed a set of rich investor experiences, ranging from CEO briefings and the establishment of an advisory council, to travel that connected investors with social entrepreneurs and the clients they serve. Previously Jason was engaged in social justice work at the Children's Defense Fund, and held leadership positions on several presidential and congressional campaigns.
Mr. Henning earned a B.A. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University and holds an M.P.A. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
Director of Investments
Heran is passionate about inclusive capital and entrepreneurship, with over a decade of experience in leading deals and strategic initiatives as an investor, advisor, and operator across startups, Fortune 100 companies, and funds in the private equity, venture capital, investment banking, equity research, technology, and social impact sectors.
Prior to Illumen, Heran advised executives and founders of technology companies as well as funds on mergers, acquisitions, public financing, raising venture and growth equity, strategic decisions and investment themes as an Investment Banking and Equity Research Associate focused on Technology and Financial Services at J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, and Jefferies. She launched a social impact corporate venture fund as a Corporate Development Manager of international development agency FHI 360 and managed the fundraising process for consumer beverage startup Blessed Coffee as Director of Partnerships. She previously built enterprise software solutions as a Technology & Strategy Consultant at IBM.
Ms. Getachew earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Columbia University and M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from NYU Stern as a Toigo, MLT, and Forte fellow.
Joanna has dedicated her career to expanding access to capital in pursuit of inclusive justice for and alongside under-resourced people of color. She believes a combination of public, private, and philanthropic capital drives the most meaningful impact when coordinated towards a shared systemic goal.
Prior to Illumen Capital, Joanna advised and built capacity for local, state, and federal governments on driving taxpayer dollars towards meaningful results for overlooked and underestimated communities at Third Sector Capital Partners. She began her career at Wellington Management, defining and managing impact for the institutional asset manager's sole impact investing portfolio.
Ms. Kuang earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University, and as a Robertson Scholar, she was also dual enrolled at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Katie Twomey is passionate about using innovative methods of financing to advance social and economic justice and to positively impact people, communities, sectors, and markets.
Prior to joining Illumen Capital, Katie led the finance, operations & HR functions at the nonprofit organization, Mama Hope, which aims to create a new global approach to tackling injustice in which communities hold the power and resources they need to drive their own futures. She began her career at Apollo Global Management, providing compliance support to private equity, credit, and real estate businesses to ensure compliance with corporate policies and procedures, FINRA, SEC, state, federal and international regulations.
Ms. Twomey earned a B.S. in Management from Boston College's Carroll School of Management and holds an M.B.A. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
ILLUMEN CAPITAL AMBASSADORS
Illumen Capital takes a systems-level approach to reduce bias facing women and people of color who are fund managers, entrepreneurs, or otherwise in the investing field. To work at the systems-level, we know we cannot do it alone. We are grateful for our ambassadors, skilled individuals with deep experience in impact investing, who regularly coach or provide expertise to support our work and collectively advance our mission.
Marlene Orozco, Lead Research Analyst at the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Brian Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer at the Frederick Douglass Project for Justice and former Executive Director at the Mayor of D.C.'s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs
Jen Welter, first female coach in the National Football League (NFL) and author
Illumen Capital's bias reduction curriculum, IllumenIQ, provides training, tools, and resources to reduce racial and gender bias in venture capital and private equity decision-making. We are grateful to the following contributors for sharing their lived experience and stories as a part of IllumenIQ.