Tiedemann Advisors Speaker Series

Impact Investing:
Reflections, Responses and Opportunities
with Jed Emerson and Jennifer Ayer


Speaker Biographies


Jed Emerson

Independent Strategic Advisor in Impact Investing,
Tiedemann Advisors Impact Advisory Council member

Jed has authored numerous articles and papers on social entrepreneurship and investing, including Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Book Award and the first book on impact investing. He has been selected twice as one of North America's Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behavior and has also been selected twice by Non-Profit Times as 50 Most Influential People in the Sector.

Originator of the concept of Blended Value, Jed has given presentations at The World Economic Forum, The Clinton Global Initiative, The Skoll World Forum and countless other conferences and professional meetings around the world. As Founding Director of both Larkin Street Services and the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a founding board member of Pacific Community Ventures, as well as the first Senior Fellow at Generation Investment Management among numerous other appointments, he has spent a career helping expand capital options for both asset owners and those seeking appropriate forms of capital investment.

Jed is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Social Investment (Heidelberg University, Germany) and works with high-net-worth families as a strategic advisor. He is Associate Fellow with the Said Business School at Oxford University, and has held faculty appointments with Harvard, Stanford and Kellogg business schools.

Download Jed's book, The Purpose of Capital.

Jeds BookA truly unique exploration of how investors may act with deeper consideration of the meaning of money, The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Natural Being, explores the historic roots of our understanding of capital, investing and wealth management, connecting how we think about finance with how we think about our lives, World and ultimate, personal purpose and impact.



Jennifer Ayer

Managing Director, Co-Head of Impact Investing
Tiedemann Advisors 

Jennifer has direct responsibility for managing client relationships. She works closely with clients to understand their goals and objectives; manage their investments, including impact investing; and integrate their investment strategy, philanthropy, and estate planning into a cohesive wealth management plan. Jennifer co-leads the firm’s impact investing strategy and directly oversees the firm’s equity & inclusion impact theme. She is also a member of Tiedemann’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Prior to Tiedemann, Jennifer was a wealth manager at Wetherby Asset Management where she offered investment and planning solutions to high-net-worth individuals, families and their foundations. Prior to that, Jennifer was a Director and General Partner at Venture Investment Associates, a fund of private equity funds, and Marketing Director at Samson Capital (now Fiera). Jennifer developed her wealth management expertise at Wilmington Trust in New York as a Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, leading a team as the deputy head of the New York office.

Jennifer is an Impact Alumni of Full Circle Fund and an Investment Committee member of URI (United Religions Initiative). She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College. Originally from Philadelphia and New York, she currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, Ethan, and their three children.