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Heidi Patel

Heidi Patel
Contact Info
Lecturer in Management

Research Interests

  • Impact Investing
  • Responsible Investing
  • Investment Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital


Former President and Head of Communities Investing for New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% mission-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. Heidi focused on mission-driven public fixed income investing and early stage private equity in online marketplaces, sustainable food and consumer brands, alternative financial institutions, and local living economies. Previously, Heidi was a 2009 Acumen Fund Fellow working with D.light Design India, a social enterprise operating in India, China, and Tanzania to eradicate kerosene through the design, manufacturing and distribution of solar-powered LED lights. Before Acumen, Heidi was a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a hybrid, double bottom-line, community-based investor and non-profit organization in San Francisco, California focused on small businesses creating quality jobs in low-income neighborhoods. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures and worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA and PMP Certificate,Stanford GSB, 2004
  • AB, Political Economy, Princeton University, 1997

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2015-present

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


Foundations of Impact Investing will introduce students to impact investing (or values-driven investing) from the perspective of an institutional investor (i.e. fund manager, investment advisor, foundation endowment or family office, etc). Our...

Service to the Profession


  • Impact America Fund

School News

October 6, 2015
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