Lisa Hayles

Lisa Hayles specializes in promoting sustainable and impact investing with institutional investors. She works at Boston Common Asset Management, where she focuses on engagements promoting gender and racial equality. A native of Toronto, Lisa relocated to Boston from the UK in 2013. She supports Womenade, a giving circle serving Boston area women and girls and is on the investment committee of the St. James Episcopal Church in Cambridge. An enthusiastic traveler, dancer and yoga practitioner, Lisa is interested in the intersection of financial markets and social justice.

Lisa is the BII Fund Board representative for RSF Social Finance.

Macken Toussaint

Macken Toussaint is an attorney with Riemer & Braunstein, BII Fund’s pro bono legal partner. Macken concentrates her practice on commercial law, representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, institutional investors, and buyers in bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructuring. She represents lending institutions and borrowers in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of debtor-in-possession financing, asset-based transactions, and other financing facilities. Macken also has experience in structured financing and asset securitization transactions.

Macken is providing legal services to support BII Fund’s direct investments.

Betty Francisco

Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She recently served as General Counsel at Compass Working Capital. Betty is a dedicated community leader who has been involved with a number of non-profit and civic leadership organizations. She is co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders into positions of power and influence and which recently launched Amplify Latinx to increase Latino civic engagement and political representation. She is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Betty is CEO of BII Fund.

Nia Evans

Nia K. Evans is the Director of the Boston Ujima Project. Her educational background is in the areas of labor relations, education leadership, and policy. Her advocacy includes a focus on eliminating barriers between analysts and people with lived experiences as well as increasing acknowledgement of the value of diverse types of expertise in policy. She is a co-creator, along with artist Tomashi Jackson, of Frames Debate Project, a multimedia policy debate project that explores the intersection between drug policy, mental health services and incarceration in the state of Massachusetts.

Nia is the BII Fund Board member representing the Center for Economic Democracy.

Matthew Kahn

Matthew Kahn currently works as a consultant, serving on the board of directors of a number of private and public companies. Previously, he spent 17 years at Gordon Brothers Group, where he was a founding member of the private equity and second lien lending business. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers in 1995, Matt was the chief financial officer of Joseph Bank Clothiers and was the senior vice president of finance at Nature Food Centres. He has an MBA and was also a CPA.

Matt is the Chair of the Investment Committee for BII Fund.

Michael Frieze

Michael Frieze is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Gordon Brothers Group, setting the strategic vision for the firm. Michael has served in executive positions at Gordon Brothers Group’s companies for over 40 years. During his tenure, the firm expanded from a retail liquidator to a full-service provider of strategic business and capital solutions to healthy and distressed companies alike.

Michael exemplifies Gordon Brothers’ commitment to community service, having served in top leadership positions on many community and corporate boards. Currently, he is Trustee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Trustee of Children’s Hospital, Chairman of Friends of Yemin Orde, and board member of Brandeis University.

Michael is BII’s Co-Founder and Vice-President.

Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. Her award-winning book (co-authored with Meg Wheatley), Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She co-founded the Boston Impact Initiative in 2013 to help address inequities in access to capital and opportunity. Deborah is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities.

Deborah is Co-Founder and President of BII Fund.