Eric Stephenson

Director of Operations, Align Impact | Co-Chair, Cordes Foundation

Eric Stephenson is Director of Operations at Align Impact and member of its investment committee, advancing the firm’s work helping investors and their advisors form and implement effective impact investing and philanthropic strategies. For five years prior to joining Align Impact, Eric was the Portfolio Director at the Cordes Foundation, tasked with assessing, proposing and implementing a strategic plan towards 100% mission alignment across asset classes, and overseeing the Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives. He was previously part of the fund investments team at Hamilton Lane and started his finance career with the global leasing group at Xerox.

Eric serves as co-chair of the Cordes Foundation, member of the advisory board for Duke University’s CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, and is a due diligence mentor at Harvard University’s Initiative for Responsible Investment. He earned his BBA from Temple University, MA from University of the Pacific and is an active CAIA charterholder and alumnus of the SEO Career Program.


Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Mark Newhouse, Eric Stephenson, Sharon Schneider, Will Fitzpatrick

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The practice of family philanthropy is evolving and so too are the structures that social impact practitioners employ to accomplish their objectives. However, a number of questions remain on the minds of philanthropic families. What are the available vehicles that promote social impact? How do families leverage multiple vehicles successfully? What is the role of a private foundation in relation… Read More