About Us

 
 
 
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Mission

Propel Capital supports bold leaders creating a just and equitable future. Through creative use of capital, we accelerate innovative, durable social impact solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. 

 

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Team

 
 
Jeremy is co-founder and managing partner of Scopia Capital, a hedge fund management company with over $6 billion in assets under management. At Propel, Jeremy works closely with the CEO on the organization's strategy and priorities. Since 2007, he has been active in building the field of impact investing, helping to scale innovative social impact organizations, and advancing progressive initiatives. He currently chairs the board of Root Capital, and served on the founding board for Sarona Asset Management. Prior to entering the financial world, Jeremy worked as a freelance journalist and wrote articles on economic, political and social issues for publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, SF Weekly and the Village Voice. He holds an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. 

Jeremy is co-founder and managing partner of Scopia Capital, a hedge fund management company with over $6 billion in assets under management.

At Propel, Jeremy works closely with the CEO on the organization's strategy and priorities. Since 2007, he has been active in building the field of impact investing, helping to scale innovative social impact organizations, and advancing progressive initiatives. He currently chairs the board of Root Capital, and served on the founding board for Sarona Asset Management.

Prior to entering the financial world, Jeremy worked as a freelance journalist and wrote articles on economic, political and social issues for publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, SF Weekly and the Village Voice. He holds an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

 
Sarah became Propel Capital’s first full-time CEO in January 2017, after launching this project with Jeremy in 2008. As CEO, she directs Propel’s strategy, investment and grant program design, and implementation. Before becoming CEO, Sarah led her own consulting firm, working with foundations, donors, and corporations on their giving and impact investing strategies. Sarah also led the Pfizer Foundation, with over $300 million in assets, overseeing the launch of their first international and social venture programs; designed -- with a coalition of activists, educators, and health experts – the nation’s first comprehensive HIV/AIDS education and condom availability program in NYC high schools at the height of the epidemic; and ran community organizing campaigns for pro-choice State Legislature candidates in Missouri. Sarah serves on a range of nonprofit boards, including the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Center for Prison Education, and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Sarah has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Sarah is CEO and co-founder of Propel Capital, where she has spent the last 10 years leading the impact investing movement to create a more just and equitable future. She directs overall strategy, investment and grant program design, and implementation.

Previously Sarah led her own consulting firm, working with foundations, donors, and corporations to drive new leadership and reposition their giving and impact investing strategies to have greater impact. She also led and launched the Pfizer Foundation, with over $300 million in assets, overseeing the creation of their first international and community-based health and social venture programs.

Sarah is also a lifelong activist. With a coalition of educators and health experts, she previously designed the United States’ first comprehensive HIV/AIDS education and condom availability program in NYC high schools at the height of the epidemic. She also ran community organizing campaigns for NARAL and pro-choice state legislature candidates in Missouri.

She serves on a range of nonprofit boards, including the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Center for Prison Education, and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Sarah has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

 
 
 
As Portfolio Director, Katya manages Propel’s operations and works closely with the Co-Founders on the organization’s overall strategy and implementation. Before joining Propel, Katya worked with foundations, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, non-profit organizations, and K-12 school systems to develop and implement high impact strategies and programs. Previously, Katya managed national initiatives to strengthen instructional quality and capacity in K-12 school systems; helped launch a comprehensive school reform plan in New Haven, CT; and provided strategy and implementation support to Fortune 500 companies as part of the Human Capital Consulting team at Deloitte. She began her career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher in Oakland, California. Katya has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in mathematics from Smith College. She was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and a Broad Residency in Urban Education.

As Portfolio Director, Katya manages Propel’s operations and works closely with the Co-Founders on the organization’s overall strategy and implementation.

Before joining Propel, Katya worked with foundations, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, non-profit organizations, and K-12 school systems to develop and implement high impact strategies and programs.

Previously, Katya managed national initiatives to strengthen instructional quality and capacity in K-12 school systems; helped launch a comprehensive school reform plan in New Haven, CT; and provided strategy and implementation support to Fortune 500 companies as part of the Human Capital Consulting team at Deloitte. She began her career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher in Oakland, California. Katya has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in mathematics from Smith College. She was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and a Broad Resident in Urban Education.

 
Magda is the Program Assistant at Propel, where she supports the organization’s operations. Prior to joining the team, Magda taught bilingual special education as a Teach for America Fellow. Previously, Magda completed internships at the White House, United Nations, and State Department, where she worked with teams across public diplomacy and global programs. Magda graduated with a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her academic research focused on minority studies, educational leadership, and the politics of national identity in Jewish history.

Magda is the Program Assistant at Propel, where she supports the organization’s operations.

Prior to joining the team, Magda taught bilingual special education as a Teach for America Fellow. Previously, Magda completed internships at the White House, United Nations, and State Department, where she worked with teams across public diplomacy and global programs. Magda graduated with a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her academic research focused on minority studies, educational leadership, and the politics of national identity in Jewish history.

 
 
 

History

Propel Capital was founded to use capital creatively for social impact.  

In 2008, sparked by a shared interest in cross-sector solutions to issues of inequality, we began working together to explore where Propel (then Advective) could have the most impact. Believing that investment capital could be cycled repeatedly for social impact and that entrepreneurial approaches could help fuel innovation and drive social change, we began to make impact investments and grants to test our ideas and foster experimentation.

We determined early that all capital allocations, from operations to the investment of assets, to grants should be aligned with our values, making Propel one of the first philanthropic entities to invest 100% of our assets for impact. This early decision remains central to our mission today.  

We established ourselves as a one of the first donor-advised funds at ImpactAssets and continue to partner with them to conduct most of our grantmaking and impact investing. In 2016, we scaled up our work and formed Propel Capital Network, LLC to enable a broader set of activities. Since we made our first grant, Propel has committed more than $30 million to over 50 social enterprises and impact funds working to create a more just and equitable future.


Jeremy Mindich and Sarah Williams, Co-Founders