TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund Names Lara Metcalf as New Managing Director
Lara Metcalf joins Managing Partner, Liz Luckett to lead TSEF’s third and largest fund focused on entrepreneurs using data and technology to solve tough problems facing vulnerable communities.
“We are excited to have an executive with Lara’s talent and expertise as a member of our leadership team,” said Liz Luckett, Founder and Managing Partner of TSEF. “Over the years, Lara has been a leading practitioner in the impact investing space, applying her professional investing experience to new markets and structures to deliver better results for vulnerable communities alongside strong financial returns. We are confident that with her leadership, TSEF will continue to excel and serve our LPs and entrepreneurs at the highest level.”
Lara Metcalf brings deep experience from both traditional finance and impact investing. Before joining TSEF, Lara was a Fellow at The Engine, an early-stage venture fund founded by MIT, focused on commercializing groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Prior to The Engine, she served as the Managing Director at Social Finance where she developed $70M+ in pay-for success investments addressing issues such as improving maternal-child health outcomes, family stability, and reducing recidivism. Metcalf previously held the position of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Operations for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Metcalf began her career spending 18 years on Wall Street. As a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Lara structured large, complex credit transactions and served as a trusted advisor to her institutional clients. Prior to Credit Suisse, she was a Vice President in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs. Lara began her career at Morgan Stanley in the Municipal Bond Department where she worked with investors and state and local issuers to structure and tax exempt bond issuance.
“There are so many dedicated entrepreneurs, who are eager to create and scale meaningful technology businesses that drive progress on social and environmental issues but who lack capital,” said Metcalf. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the high caliber team at TSEF and Maycomb Capital to focus on investing in these mission-driven and financially sustainable companies.”
About TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund: TSEF, founded in 2011, is a leading venture capital company focused on investing in a diverse array of founders that use technology to solve tough problems facing our most vulnerable communities. With a focus on fintech, health tech and human services tech, TSEF portfolio companies deliver efficient, fairly priced products and services and build long-term enduring relationships in underserved markets.
About Maycomb Capital: Maycomb Capital, founded in 2016, is a pioneering impact investing platform, providing financing across asset classes to drive capital toward effective solutions for underserved communities. Its two flagship funds are TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund and The Community Outcomes Fund. The company is named for Maycomb County, the setting of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the backdrop for her universal story of the pursuit of justice. Her story sparked conversations about equity that still resonate today.
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Lara Metcalf joins Managing Partner, Liz Luckett to lead TSEF's third and largest fund focused on entrepreneurs using data and technology to solve tough problems facing vulnerable communities