INVESTOR

photo credit: Zach Embree

photo credit: Zach Embree

Renewal Funds

Joel Solomon - Chair
Paul Richardson - President + CEO
Carol Newell - Founding Investor

  • 2008-Present
  • Canada's largest "mission venture capital" firm
  • $98m assets under management
  • Organics + Environmental Tech
  • Vancouver, Canada

Advisor

"activist family office" for CAROL NEWELL 

CEO
Co-Strategist with Carol

photo credit: Kris Krug

photo credit: Kris Krug


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Convenor

  • Kitchen + Garden Volunteer at Hollyhock founding in 1982 
  • Immersion in ecology, stewardship + conscious enterprise with Hollyhock founders, Rex Weyler and Shivon Robinsong, from early Greenpeace
  • As long time board chair of Hollyhock, recruited Dana Bass Solomon as CEO. 2003-2017 
    • Joel + Dana married in 2003
  • Curator or host for dozens of conferences
  • Cross sector, inter-generational, peer learning conferences as a social/culture change leadership strategy 
  • Social Venture Institute (SVI), Social Change Institute (SCI), Story Money Impact, Accelerate Your Enterprise, Summer Gathering, and Web of Change anchor an extensive personal development program
  • Joel + Dana host content rich gatherings at their home for many organizations
  • Joel learned it all from Threshold Foundation + SVN
     
photo credit: Zach Embree

photo credit: Zach Embree


Citizen

  • Family active in progressive politics - Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign 1974-1976
  • Founding team. Vision Vancouver civic party. Close friend Mayor Gregor Robertson. Longest serving Mayor in Vancouver history
  • Nashville, Tennessee. 7 term series of moderate progressive Mayors and Councillors

 

"Ignoring politics can lead to devastating consequences. Use it or lose it." 
- Joel 


other roles

RSF SOCIAL FINANCE

"Reinventing the way the world works with money"

SOCIAL VENTURE + SOCIAL CHANGE INSTITUTES

  • Hollyhock + elsewhere
  • Co-Producer since 1996

     

SOCIAL VENTURE NETWORK (SVN)

"Lead the way"

  • Founding Member
  • Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award

     

BUSINESSES FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (BSR)

  • Founding Member

     

B Corporation

  • Renewal Funds Early Member

     

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

 


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