Lara Metcalf has deep experience in the public and private sectors, focused on driving better outcomes for low income and vulnerable populations using innovative investment capital approaches to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. She is currently a Managing Director at TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, an early stage (series A+) venture fund investing in healthtech, fintech, and human/social services tech focused improving access and economic opportunity for low income communities. Two-thirds of the companies in TSEF I and TSEF II portfolios are led by women or minorities. Prior to joining TSEF, Lara was Fellow at The Engine, a VC fund founded by MIT that aims to bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization of “tough tech” solutions.
Lara previously played a leadership role in building the Pay for Success field during her 5 years as the Managing Director of Social Finance, an innovative 501c3 social enterprise, where she led the creation of $80M+ in project finance impact investments around issues ranging from refugee and immigrant employment, to child welfare, to maternal and child health, to recidivism. Lara was previously CFO of Harvard Kennedy School, and spent 18 years on Wall Street, ending as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse.
Why did you decide to be an IIC judge?
I'm inspired by the number of smart, passionate people working on hard problems like making the future of work accessible and inclusive for all.