Robert Zevin

A leader in socially responsible investing

Robert has been a leader in socially respon­si­ble invest­ing since the 1960s. He was the prin­ci­pal archi­tect of the first Calvert Social Invest­ment Fund in 1982 and was a leader in the move­ment to divest from apartheid South Africa. His activism and com­mit­ment to civil dis­obe­di­ence has led to arrests and beat­ings as well as board­rooms. He has founded, co-​founded, and led numer­ous social change orga­ni­za­tions such as Resist (against the war in Viet­nam), United States Servicemen’s Fund (anti-​war GI cof­fee houses), Hay­mar­ket Foun­da­tion (change not char­ity), Affir­ma­tive Invest­ments (direct com­mu­nity invest­ments), and Shared Inter­est (sup­port for infor­mal econ­omy in South Africa since 1996) as well as the School for Com­mu­nity Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment at South­ern New Hamp­shire Uni­ver­sity. Robert is also a Har­vard PhD in eco­nom­ics, who has taught at Berke­ley, Colum­bia, Har­vard, Boston Uni­ver­sity, UMass Amherst, and Sim­mons Col­lege. He has pub­lished two books and numer­ous arti­cles about eco­nomic his­tory and social pol­icy. His strongest cur­rent inter­ests beyond socially respon­si­ble invest­ing are encour­ag­ing the anti-​war move­ment among ser­vice­men and women and their fam­i­lies, and work­ing for cam­paign finance reform.

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