Tom Haslett - Secretary

Lincoln, MA

Tom has spent his career managing equity investments for institutions and implementing social development programs in Africa and India. Tom’s investment focus has included large developed markets and frontier markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

In 2002, Tom left the investment management industry to apply himself to social development in Africa. He led a team to build a youth service program in Johannesburg, South Africa, engaging 18–25 year-old South African men and women to serve in the state-run schools of Gauteng province. After two years, City Year South Africa was launched, and Tom shifted his focus to another development challenge in Sub-Saharan African: vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV. He co-founded the Bantwana Initiative that today is supporting vulnerable children in east and southern Africa: Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. In 2012, Tom joined with two friends to launch the Central Square Foundation, addressing the challenges of India’s K-12 education systems.

Tom’s shared passion for investing and social development led him to explore “impact” investing. For the last ten years, he has been involved in several efforts to support the emergence of this nascent asset class.

Tom, his wife Emily, and their four children live in Lincoln, MA, and spend much of the summer and fall in Milbridge, ME.