ESG & impact
for investors & private companies
Rizoma Ventures partners with alternative asset managers and asset owners seeking to assess and integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact in investments, from investment thesis through diligence to exit. We conduct ESG baseline assessments of your portfolio, design and establish processes to identify and collect the right data, and help you make informed decisions on what to do next.
We also work with companies to conduct materiality assessments and establish tailored ESG strategies, and partner with your teams to ensure they are equipped and energized to lead on ESG.
Principal & Founder
Claire has worked in impact investing at startups, scale-ups, and Fortune100 firms for 15 years. She has experience in product, research, investment, and sales roles. As Principal at Rizoma Ventures, Claire works primarily with fast-growing companies and their investors on integrating ESG and impact into investment processes, from investment thesis through diligence to exit.
Claire earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley) and the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential. She speaks French and Spanish fluently, and has lived in 7 cities in 6 countries on 3 continents. Claire is also a Founding Contributor at the Startups and Society Initiative, and the co-author of The Grassroots DEI Organizer Playbook, a tactical guide for early-stage, venture-backed companies. In addition, she serves as a strategic advisor for several startups.
Eileen specializes in impact finance with a focus on community development and racial equity, and has supported numerous engagements advising investors on identifying and implementing their ESG and impact investing strategies.
While earning her MBA at Berkeley Haas, she was a founding partner of the Haas Impact Fund and helped organizations like Project Equity and Capital Impact Partners build strategic initiatives to increase lending and capital access in underserved communities.
We'll work with you to create an investment strategy that reflects your organization's values and resources. This can include:
• Integrating ESG/impact into your investment process
• Tracking your portfolio's progress against ESG/impact metrics
• Building your first impact report
• Sourcing and diligence of impact investments
Are you a business leader who wants to upgrade, track, and measure your business' environmental and social impacts? We help you set up the systems to measure and monitor the right metrics, and report back to your stakeholders with confidence. We work with you to:
• Identify the right data points
• Design and implement data measurement and collection processes
• Synthesize into a dynamic, data-driven picture of your impact
We worked with Claire on a 6 week project covering 4 separate business line initiatives. She helped us think strategically and incorporate best practices with regards to investment process, marketing strategy, partnership strategy and community engagement strategy. Her broad experience allowed her to bring fresh ideas to the conversation with our team. Throughout the entire engagement Claire communicated efficiently and effectively ensuring that everyone was on the same page the whole time. We absolutely plan to engage Claire on future strategy projects.
We hired Claire to help us solve one of the most complex problems facing our industry: impact measurement and reporting. Claire drew upon her familiarity with relevant data sources, fluency with the latest industry conventions, and investment experience across asset classes, plus an open-minded but systematic approach to problem solving. Together we created a unique and intellectually honest approach that works well for us and our clients. We would work with Claire again in a heartbeat!
Claire is a wonderful collaborator. She is proactive, timely, execution-oriented, and thoughtful. She produces high-quality, insightful work with generosity and a warm-spirit. I'd happily take the chance to work with her again.