“Micro-finance and the Nuts and Bolts of Social Enterprise” an interview with Sam Moss

By on November 18, 2015

Part 5 of our Q&A Series: Sam Moss, Senior Director of Finance, East Lake Foundation/CF Foundation, shares insights into the accelerator program that they use to help business owners grow their businesses over a 14 week accelerator program in one of Atlanta’s most economically challenged areas.

Sam’s Bio:

Senior Director of Finance, East Lake Foundation/CF Foundation

East Lake Foundation is simultaneously developing mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education, community facilities and support services in the East Lake section of Atlanta. This holistic and transformative model assists the lowest income families break the cycle of poverty and is being replicated in other cities in the US. Sam works on financial issues and projects with East Lake and the other non-profit foundations related to the Cousins Family Office.

At Gray Ghost Ventures, a $200 million Family Office based in Atlanta, Sam was a
member of the senior team investing in microfinance and in early stage enterprises focused on underserved populations in the developing world. He also served as Board President of Gray Matters Capital, a related operating foundation, which structured a $10 million mission related investment portfolio and initiated and collaborated on projects in microfinance education, affordable private schools in India and promoting awareness of impact investing.

Sam was the Founding Chairman of the International Association of Microfinance
Investors (IAMFI) and served on the inaugural Investors Council of the Global Impact Investors Network (GIIN). He is Executive in Residence at Goizueta Business School’s social enterprise program at Emory University and is an investment committee member at MicroVest.

Sam spent more than 20 years at Wachovia Bank, where he held executive positions in International and Corporate Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management. Sam sits on the advisory boards of Oglethorpe University, Access to Capital for
Entrepreneurs (ACE), Sonen Capital, and is the past Chairman of the Atlanta Arts Loan Fund. An active supporter of the arts and a cyclist, Sam is a graduate of Williams College and received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Allegheny College in 2010.

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