Daryn Dodson is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for voiceless marginalized groups. His work with impact investing, advising private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations is undertaken with the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Daryn currently leads the Special Equities Investment Program at the Calvert Funds, a $13 Billion mutual fund and pioneer of the Socially Responsible Investment field. Through this vehicle, Calvert has invested more than $90 million into 60 of the most transformative private equity funds and companies across themes including renewable energy, racial equity, gender equity, biotech, education technology and microfinance. Prior to Calvert, Daryn served as Director of University and Corporate Partnerships for the Idea Village in New Orleans. In this role, Daryn recruited leading private equity firms, 1,000 MBA students including more than 300 Stanford MBAs, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 100,000 hours and $2 million into 900 New Orleans entrepreneurs to rebuild their businesses. Daryn started his career at the Center for Responsible Lending. There, he built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the sub-prime lending market and protect low-income homeowners from predatory lending.
Daryn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben and Jerry’s and chairs its Audit Committee, which measures the company’s social impact in 35 countries globally. He is President of the Washington DC Stanford GSB Alumni Chapter, having also served as member of the Business School Alumni Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014. Daryn is a board member of Impact Hub DC and Vice Chair of Heifer Foundation Board. He earned an MBA in 2007 from Stanford and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University in 2002. Daryn is the recipient of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Matt Anderson Fellowship for leadership, stewardship and the sincere desire to help others.