Johnson MBA One of Four Nationwide Selected for Social Finance Fellowship


Siobhan King, MBA 2013, named RSF Regional Social Impact Fellow

Siobhan King, MBA’13 and a Forté Fellow at Johnson, was awarded the RSF Regional Social Impact Fellowship.  The RSF Regional Social Impact Fellowship is designed to support the development of the next generation of inspiring leaders in the social finance field. Fellows will work with RSF’s Lending Team, identifying prospective borrowers, conducting due diligence, and structuring commercial loans that will become part of RSF’s $73 million Social Enterprise Lending portfolio.

Based in San Francisco, RSF Social Finance is a pioneering nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. It provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises, addressing key issues in the areas of food and agriculture; education and the arts; and ecological stewardship.

“We are thrilled that Siobhan was selected as an RSF Fellow,” said Mark Milstein, director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. “Siobhan is a talented example of a new breed of leadership we see among MBA students, who are dedicated to receiving rigorous training that allows them to harness the power of finance to have a significant impact on sustainability through business.”

RSF Social Finance selected four recipients from top schools in business and sustainability.  In addition to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, schools represented include Presidio Graduate School, The Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Ted Levinson, director of lending at RSF, described the program as “the most hands-on opportunity for graduate students, who want to make a difference in the field of social finance.”

Prior to Johnson, Siobhan was an associate at ICF International, where she provided energy consulting services to several programs, including the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program; and Massachusetts’ MassSave program, Green Communities Act, and Small Renewables Initiative. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, with expertise in green building and is a two-time presenter at the USGBC’s GreenBuild International Conference.  Building on this experience, she came to Johnson to pursue her interest in the field of impact finance, gain exposure to leaders in social finance, and develop functional finance experience.  

“Working with RSF gives me an opportunity to get hands-on experience through the entire lending cycle, including sourcing deals and building relationships with social entrepreneurs,” said Siobhan. “We're just getting started, but I've already learned a great deal about RSF's loan products and how to identify opportunities, where they can have a positive impact.”

While at Johnson, Siobhan is a fund manager for the BR Venture Fund, Johnson’s student run seed-stage venture capital fund. She is also a member of the Sustainable Global Enterprise Club, Energy Club, Women’s Management Council, and a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Cornell Women’s Rowing Team. Siobhan holds a BSc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh.

About the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

Established in 2003, Johnson’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is a world-class academic institution, producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative, profitable business opportunities that address global sustainability challenges. The Center works with firms to specify innovative, entrepreneurial, and new business alternatives they can implement in the marketplace. Our programs include those focused on market and enterprise creation, clean technology commercialization and innovation, and finance + sustainability.