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Meet the Founder

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Bruce T. Herbert

Chief Executive

Professional Experience

Investor Voice, SPC Seattle, WA.
Chief Executive, 2009–present.  Shareholder advocacy, consultation, proxy voting services.  Services offered since 1998, formally incorporated as Investor Voice in 2009.

Newground Social Investment, SPC Seattle, WA.
Founder, Chief Executive. 1994–present.  Registered Investment Advisor: socially conscious (SRI / ESG) asset management, portfolio guideline development.

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York, NY.
Board of Governors.  1994–1998.  Energy & Environment Steering Committee 1994–2001.  Developed Pulp & Paper TCF Campaign, Okefenokee NWR Campaign, Pure Profit Initiative.

Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, Seattle, WA.
Co-founder, first Director.  1994–1998.  Management change strategies, dialogue & shareholder resolutions on corporate accountability issues.

Progressive Investment Management,* Portland, OR.
Vice-President Managed Accounts.  1990–1994.  Founded & directed Washington operations; Executive Committee; Investment Policy Committee.
*formerly Progressive Securities Financial Services

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Columbia, SC and Seattle, WA.
Financial Consultant.  1984–1990.  Asset management & consultation.
In 1987 led firm in new business development (top 2.5% of more than 12,000 FCs).

Education, Advanced Training, Recognitions

Center for Fiduciary Studies, Pennsylvania: Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.  2003–present.

Morelos Forum, Cuernavaca, Mexico: Invitation-only forum for current and emerging leaders of the social investment movement.  Created & hosted by Amy Domini.  2007–present.

Best Personal Wealth Managers in Seattle: Seattle Magazine independent survey.  2012, 2011, 2008, 2007.

College for Financial Planning, Colorado: Completed Levels I, II, III (of VI) of
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.  1989–1991.  (Designation not earned.)

NASD/FINRA Accreditations: Uniform Investment Advisor (Series 65), General Securities Principal (Series 24), General Securities Representative (Series 7), Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith: Advanced Portfolio Management Institute.  1988.

University of South Carolina School of Law: Estate and Gift Tax Planning. 1987–1988.

Wharton School of Business: Qualified Retirement Plans & Key Executive Arrangements. 1985–1986. (Through the University of South Carolina Daniel School of Management)

University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland: Post-graduate non-degree studies in Philosophy, Environmental Law. 1980–1981.

University of South Carolina: BS in Biology, Deans List Honors. 1978–1980.

College of William & Mary: Undergraduate studies in Anthropology, Philosophy & English. 1975–1977.

Volunteer Involvements

Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge, Seattle, WA: Planning Board. 2014–present.
A three-year leadership initiative designed to accelerate building a culture of resilience in the NW region.

Whidbey Institute at Chinook, Whidbey Island, WA: Board Member. 2006–2013.
The Whidbey Institute connects the human spirit with the natural world through education, reflection, and experience, liberating the capacity to serve the common good.

Washington Lawyers for Sustainability: Seattle, WA: Founding Advisory Board. 2010–2011.
The mission of Washington Lawyers for Sustainability is to find effective ways in which lawyers can use their professional skills and influence to promote sustainability through education, counseling, and advocacy.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment US SIF: Washington, DC: Northwest Board Member, 1989–1993; Member, 1989–present.
The US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns along with positive societal impact.

GreenFestival: Speaker: Washington, DC GreenFestival (2008) and Seattle GreenFestival (2008, 2009 & 2010). Seattle Host Committee. 2007–2011.
A non-profit joint project of Co-Op America and Global Exchange.
The GreenFestival celebrates what’s working in our communities, for people, for Businesses, and for the environment. Green means safe, healthy communities and strong, local economies. Green is the color of hope, of social and economic justice, and of ecological balance.

Institute for Children’s Environmental Health, Whidbey Island, WA: Board Member, Executive Committee. 2003–2009.
A nonprofit educational organization working to ensure a healthy, just and sustainable future for all children.

Seattle Good Business Network: Board Member, Treasurer. 2003–2009.
SGBN (formerly BALLE/Seattle) is dedicated to connecting, educating and promoting King County businesses that build long-term economic viability through local ownership, economic justice, cultural diversity, and environmental stewardship.

Sierra Club, San Francisco: National Corporate Accountability Committee. 2004–2009.
The Corporate Accountability Committee facilitates the Club’s response to the corporate abuse of power and its advocacy of enforceable measures to ensure corporate accountability in relation to the environment, communities and public health.

Worldchanging.com, Seattle, WA: Seattle blogger team. 2007–2009.
Real solutions already exist for building the future we want. Just grab hold and get moving.

Seattle Greendrinks: Founding Advisory Board. 2006–2007.
Building a powerful web across Seattle’s environmental community.

Network for Business Innovation & Sustainability, Seattle University: Executive Steering Committee, 2003–2005. Charter Board Member, 2005–2007.
NBIS is dedicated to helping businesses and organizations discover and implement sustainable practices that increase revenues, enhance reputation, and reduce risk.

Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bainbridge Island, WA: Friends of BGI. 2005–2007.
BGI’s pioneering MBA and Certificate programs prepare diverse leaders to build enterprises that are economically successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

Freedom From Fear Campaign, Seattle, WA: Founding Organizer. 2007.
The Freedom From Fear Campaign highlighted and sought to turn back the loss of constitutional rights and civil liberties occurring in the United States from 2001–2008.

Environment2004, Washington, DC: Conceived, planned and hosted major Seattle fundraising event for the John Kerry campaign. 2004.

Lullabies & Love Songs From the Axis of Evil, Seattle: Sponsor, organizer of MoveOn.org fundraising concert, held at Town Hall in September 2004.

Profitable Sustainability Conference, Seattle: Executive Planning Committee. 2003–2004.

Conversation Cafés, Seattle: Host, Organizing participant. 2002–2004.

Washington Council on International Trade, Seattle. Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable, 2002–2005.

New Roadmap Foundation, Seattle: Guest editor for revision of Chapter 9 (the investment chapter) of Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez. 2001.

Museum of Flight, Seattle: Director of Public Programs 2002. Development Committee. 2001–2004.

Pike Place Market Historical Commission, Seattle: Commissioner (Mayoral appointment) 2000–2005; Executive Committee 2001–2003.

Social Justice Fund NW (formerly ATR, A Territory Resource Foundation), Seattle: Endowment Committee 1991–1992; Finance Committee 2000–2008.

Civil Air Patrol: Air search & rescue Observer, and Mission Pilot trainee. 1999–2001.

United for a Fair Economy, Boston: Trainer on economic justice issues. 1998–2006.

Irish Parades Emergency Committee, New York: Human Rights Observer in Northern Ireland. Summer 1998 (the fateful year the Good Friday Peace Accord was signed).

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York: Board of Governors. 1994–1998. Energy & Environment Steering Committee 1994–2001.

Seattle Public Theater: Board Member. 1992–1995.

Cascadia Quest, Seattle: Co-Founder, Board Secretary. 1992–1994. Cascadia Quest was the predecessor organization to both Earth Corps (Seattle), and World Corps (Africa, India).

Edward E. Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, University of Washington, Seattle: Co-Founder. 1992–1994.

Sustainable Seattle: Trustee. 1991–1995.

Northwest AIDS Foundation, Seattle: Volunteer. 1991–1994.

Cascadia Revolving Fund, Seattle: Investor Services Committee. 1991–1993.

Social Investment Forum: Northwest Board Member 1989–1993. Member 1989–present.

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle: Ecology/Spirituality Group. Steering Committee. 1989–1993.

Migration & Refugee Services, Seattle: Teacher, English as a Second Language (ESL). 1983–1984.

University of Puget Sound Pacific Rim Program, Tacoma: Cultural & Academic Studies in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan. 1982–1983.

Washington Environmental Council, Seattle: Volunteer Writer. 1981–1983.