Introducing Mark Watson

Mark Watson joins our team as Senior Advisor and Investment Committee member. Mark will help us develop the fund’s strategic direction, employ creative strategies to enable investment and improve return, and identify opportunities to strengthen and expand the portfolio.
Mark is CEO and Founder of Keel Asset Management LLC, a financial advisory firm that provides socially responsible financial planning and investment advisory services to nonprofits, public and corporation pension plans. Previously, Mark served as President and Senior Portfolio Manager of The Kenwood Group, Inc., as Managing Director of Equinox Capital Management, LLC, and as Vice President, US Portfolio Manager/Analyst at PPM America. Mark began his career at the First National Bank of Chicago. He holds leadership positions with the Cape Development Partnership, the Triskeles Foundation, Fair Food Network, Museum of Fine Arts-Boston and The Highlands Center.

Fall Investments

We welcome COHIF, Delectable Desires Pastries, Good Clothing Company, and WeSpire to the BII community.

COHIFCoalition of Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF) works to stabilize the Greater Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester by providing an innovative means for keeping residents of foreclosed properties in their homes, developing permanently affordable housing, and helping replicate those efforts in other Greater Boston neighborhoods. BII provided a loan to support COHIF’s Community Stabilization Pilot Project, advancing anti-displacement strategies.

Delectable Desires

Delectable Desires Pastries offers edible art in the form of cakes and pastries. Owner Carlene O’Garro, a Mattapan native, says that her Caribbean roots influence her use of ingredients and baking style. Forgoing law school to pursue her passion, Carlene has received numerous awards for Delectable Desires Pastries. BII provided a loan to support Delectable Desires in opening its second location at South Station.

Good Clothing CompanyGood Clothing Company is dedicated to rebuilding the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry. They work with emerging designers, eco-fashion pioneers and others looking for a local production partner to scale with them. Good Clothing Company aims to pay workers quality wages and use environmentally sustainable production practices. BII provided a loan to support growth of the company’s Fall River operations to meet rapidly increasing client demand.

WeSpireWeSpire is an employee engagement platform that empowers forward-thinking global organizations to enhance their results. WeSpire helps employees build awareness, take action and inspire others to participate in programs including sustainability, culture and team building. BII made an equity investment to support WeSpire’s growth and expand the platform’s diversity and inclusion offerings.

Introducing Fall Interns

fall interns

We welcome our fall interns Afsana Jahan, Dalia Sawaya and Nic Miragliuolo. Afsana and Nic are MBA candidates at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. Afsana is passionate about entrepreneurship and economic empowerment for the bottom of the pyramid. She is working to launch an established foreign fund in the U.S. Nic is interested in community economic development, social impact investing and urban policy, and has been a data analyst in the software industry and served as an Americorps VISTA. He also is a founding member of Boston Youth Wrestling. Dalia is a Palestinian-Californian musician and community organizer currently working in labor and employment law in Boston while she attends Berklee College of Music. She believes that all problems in the U.S. stem from economic injustice and unequal distribution of power and wealth.
Afsana, Dalia and Nic are supporting our due diligence efforts, pipeline development, portfolio companies and social impact resource development. Thank you for your curiosity, hard work and contributions!