Jen Astone is a financial activist and philanthropic leader. She founded Integrated Capital Investing to help foundations and investors align their portfolios, grantmaking and leadership with just, regenerative and restorative economies. A researcher, advocate, and coalition builder, Jen has been involved in catalytic philanthropy for the food and farming sector, Indigenous-led enterprises and projects, women-led human rights work and health and well-being.
As Executive Director at the Swift Foundation, she facilitated the alignment of $60 million endowment for Indigenous People and climate solutions including $10 million for impact first investments. Jen became a RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellow in 2018 when she launched an advocacy agenda that resulted in the founding of the Transformational Investing in Food Systems Initiative. With a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology based on fieldwork in Guinea, West Africa, Jen has focused her career on practical ways of connecting community activists and social movements with researchers, policymakers, investors, and other like-minded allies.
February 9, 2021