Ted Levinson is the Founder and CEO of Beneficial Returns, a new impact investing debt fund that activates foundation endowments and donor advised funds to provide equipment loans to social enterprises operating in emerging markets.
He is an experienced finance professional who specializes in using debt to produce a blended social impact and financial return. With more than 20 years in finance and the most recent eight in impact investing, Ted has been deeply involved in the growth of the social finance industry, providing a role model for other impact investors rooted in rigor and a willingness to provide risk capital to promising social enterprises.
Ted has worked across impact areas, including sustainable agriculture that links global and local supply chains to deliver more value to producers, education including job training and work for those with barriers to employment, the environment including sustainable energy and waste reduction, and livelihood development for those in emerging markets. He believes in a market-driven approach to addressing social and environmental challenges and he is dedicated to providing social entrepreneurs with the capital they need to bring solutions to scale.
Ted spent seven years at RSF Social Finance where he was the Senior Director of Social Enterprise Lending, managing an $85M portfolio of loans to US and Canada-based social enterprises. Ted is the Treasurer of Social Enterprise Alliance, the national membership organization and key catalyst for the rapidly growing social enterprise movement in the United States. In 2014 he was one of nine Americans selected as an Eisenhower Fellow. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Leu, an Ashoka fellow.