Ben Thornley

Managing Partner, Tideline, and Coauthor, <em>The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism</em>

Ben Thornley is a Managing Partner at Tideline, where he co-leads the firm’s client engagements.

Prior to Tideline, Ben was a Managing Director at Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a non-profit Community Development Finance Institution. Ben was responsible for growing PCV’s research division, InSight, into one of the world’s leading impact investing consulting practices, including through partnerships with Duke University, Harvard University, and the World Economic Forum. Ben created the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative at PCV, a network of researchers, investors and policymakers from over 30 countries, leading to an invitation from the White House to make the first expert presentation to the G8’s Social Impact Investment Taskforce, in 2013.

Ben also led PCV’s work evaluating the social and economic impacts of over $25 billion of targeted investments, on behalf of clients including the $300 billion California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Citi, and Hamilton Lane.

Ben holds a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Communications from University of Technology, Sydney, and a Certificate of International Affairs from New York University. Ben is the co-author of The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism (Jossey-Bass, 2015), and sits on the advisory committee of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS).