Daryn Dodson is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for voiceless marginalized groups. His work with impact investing, advising private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations is undertaken with the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
In addition his founding role with Impact Experience, Daryn Dodson is Managing Partner at Dodson Ventures, an impact venture capital and private equity firm that combines cutting-edge research and immersive place-based experiences to generate financial returns and systems-level impact.
Daryn also consults for the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $13 billion mutual fund and pioneer of the Socially Responsible Investment field, to manage its Special Equities impact investing program. Through this vehicle, Calvert has invested more than $90 million into 60 of the most transformative private equity funds and companies across themes including renewable energy, racial equity, gender equity, biotech, education technology and microfinance.
Prior to Calvert, Mr. Dodson 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 more than 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina. Daryn started his career at the Center for Responsible Lending. There, he built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the sub-prime lending market and protect low-income homeowners from predatory lending.
Daryn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben & Jerry’s and chairs its Audit Committee, which measures the company’s social impact in 35 countries globally. Daryn is a board member of Impact Hub DC and Vice Chair of Heifer Foundation Board. He is also President of the Stanford Business Alumni DC Chapter. Mr. Dodson earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University.