Deb Nelson

Building on decades of experience working with social entrepreneurs and impact investors, Deb Nelson has spent the past seven years leading the Just Economy Institute (formerly the Integrated Capital Institute). Her work calls on her strengths as a connector, providing vital support for leading financial activists across North America. In past roles, Deb partnered with mission-driven entrepreneurs and investors as vice president of client and community engagement at RSF Social Finance and as executive director of Social Venture Network (now American Sustainable Business Network). Deb was named a 2019 “World Changing Woman” by Conscious Company magazine for her work advancing economic justice and women’s rights, and Real Leaders magazine named her one of 100 Visionary Leaders. Deb has written for publications including Impact Alpha, Inside Philanthropy, and Triple Pundit, and has been quoted in Newsweek, Forbes, and The New York Times. Deb was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has lived in the Bay Area for 27 years. When she’s not collaborating with financial activists, she enjoys exploring new places with her partner and two sons.

Four Winning Models for Building Community Wealth

In this article, originally published on Next City, we are taken on a tour of the work of four "financial activists" opening up community-controlled pathways for shared wealth and local thriving.   If we’re ever going to have a just economy,...