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The Environmental Philanthropist with Kef Kasdin

In this episode of Third Act, Kef talks about how her commitment to addressing climate change has taken her from business executive, to venture capitalist, to executive director of a nonprofit. Kef offers valuable insights on how to get involved with environmental action, and shares her experience at the helm of organizations dedicated to making a difference.

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The Environmental Philanthropist with Kef Kasdin

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Back in the early days of renewable energy, well before “cleantech” became part of mainstream discourse, Kef Kasdin started her first act in the for-profit sector as a clean energy venture capitalist and founder of several renewable energy companies. As her passion and commitment around climate change grew, Kef transitioned into the nonprofit sector, where she launched the ARC Innovators program as part of Princeton AlumniCorps to match experienced executives like herself with nonprofits in need of the expertise. She also serves as board chair of Rachel’s Network, a women’s network dedicated to the education and advocacy of environmental philanthropic giving.

On today’s episode, Kef talks about how her commitment to addressing climate change has taken her from business executive, to venture capitalist, to executive director of a nonprofit. Kef offers valuable insights on how to get involved with environmental action, and shares her experience at the helm of organizations dedicated to making a difference.

(2:02) Kef introduces Princeton AlumniCorps and its programs
(5:11) Act 1: Kef as a management consultant and C-suite executive
(6:30) Kef starts Battelle Ventures, a VC fund leveraging the government’s DOE research
(11:11) What sparked Kef’s passion around climate change
(14:13) The transition from VC partner to nonprofit executive director
(16:30) Advice on joining the nonprofit sector
(19:03) Kef’s proudest moments
(22:28) Getting involved with Rachel’s Network
(26:33) What Kef is busy with right now
(29:16) Kef’s plans for the future

Connect with Maria Garcia Nelson on LinkedIn (Rakefit Kasdin).

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Referenced resources:
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/organizations/leverage-gsb/act-nonprofits
https://encore.org/
https://alumnicorps.org/
https://rachelsnetwork.org/

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