Advisory Board Member
Julie Abrams is Founder and Managing Director, Impact Investing Analytics. She has over 25 years of experience in designing, structuring, and executing innovative impact investments that attract significant impact capital to benefit low-income people’s lives and address climate change.
Impact Investing Analytics specializes in impact investing, innovative finance, and blended finance in domestic, emerging, and frontier markets throughout the investment life cycle. Julie also has expertise in risk management, corporate governance, social and environmental impact measurement and management, strategy, and training. She has been involved in over $350 million in impact investing transactions in more than 40 countries.
Julie has served as Senior Advisor to Omidyar Network’s (ON) Property Rights team, working on innovative finance transactions and advising ON portfolio founders and C-suite executives on finance and investment. She sits on the MicroBuild Fund’s investment committee since fund inception in 2012, appointed by Omidyar Network (ON), and previously served on Calvert Impact Capital’s investment committee for 11 years.
Julie’s career spans startups, corporates, and non-profits. She helped design and launch operations for impact fintech startup ImpactUs Marketplace. Julie previously worked at PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) in its global strategy consulting boutique where she consulted to Fortune 500 companies and governments, including sell-side equity, due diligence, privatizations, and strategy. Julie started in microfinance in its early days at Women’s World Banking. She is an impact investing industry pioneer and thought leader, having authored more than 25 publications and participated in 12 industry standards-setting groups including the inaugural Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) Impact Investing and Reporting Standards (IRIS) Financial Services Working Group, Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Expert Panel on Financial Inclusion, judge for CGAP’s Financial Transparency Awards, and developed Microfinance Ratings Comparability.
Julie was a Fellow at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, where she earned an MBA from the Wharton School in finance and entrepreneurial management and an MA in international studies focused on Latin America from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Expert in Risk Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and holds a BA from Oberlin College. Julie is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.