Scott Budde has over 29 years of experience in financial services and investment management with a focus on bringing social and impact investing strategies to a wider range of investors. He is currently Project Director of the Maine Harvest Credit Project (MHCP) where he is researching the formation of a specialized credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture and the local food sector in Maine. Scott also serves as a Consultant to Community Investment Management LLC – a newly formed impact investment management firm investing in small business loans through on-line marketplace lenders.
Prior to his current position, Scott worked for 18 years in the investment management division of TIAA-CREF, where he created the company’s first department focused on socially responsible investing strategies and implemented new impact investing programs in Microfinance & Financial Inclusion, Green Building Technology, and Community Bank Deposits. Scott developed these programs and took them from inception through TIAA’s investment of over $240 million in new capital. Scott also oversaw the comprehensive ESG screening methodology associated with over $14 billion in retirement.
He is the author of Compelling Returns: a Practical Guide to Socially Responsible Investing Strategies published by Wiley and sons in 2008. Scott holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. He has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and a poodle-terrier mix named Casco.