Lisa Woll to Step Down as CEO of US SIF

Korn Ferry has been hired to help the organization find a new leader after 16 years. 

Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, will step down at the end of January after more than 16 years at the helm. A press release from the organization says Woll will stay on as an adviser through April to help with the transition.


Woll, who joined US SIF in 2006, has been responsible for the organization’s strategic planning, as well as developing policy presence and expanding and diversifying funding. She also launched US SIF’s national conference and created the Center for Sustainable Investment Education, which provides education and research on sustainable investment.   


Prior to her time at US SIF, Woll was executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which focuses on press freedom and expanding women’s role in the media. Before that, she was senior adviser on child rights at Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization.


“I want to thank Lisa for her immense contributions to US SIF and the US SIF Foundation and her work advancing the sustainable investment field,” Diederik Timmer, chair of US SIF’s board of directors, said in a statement. “The board is also grateful for her thoughtful and diligent approach to supporting us with a smooth transition. Lisa will be deeply missed, but I know that what she does next will be as impactful as what she was able to achieve at US SIF.”


The US SIF board said it has formed a search committee to appoint a new CEO and has hired executive recruitment firm Korn Ferry to lead the search process.


“I believe that we will attract a diverse and talented pool of candidates and am confident we will find an outstanding new CEO,” said Timmer. “The board is seeking a candidate who will further grow the impact and reach of the organization by continuing to effectively serve US SIF members, advance the field and promote industry best practices.”


The search will be led by led by Kate Shattuck, senior client partner, global financial services and co-leader, impact investing, and Becky Graham, principal and association practice leader.


“Serving as US SIF’s CEO has been the professional highlight of my career,” said Woll in a statement. “I love this job and am so proud of the impact our field has generated, but I am ready for my next professional adventure,” she said, adding that “as Serena Williams said at the start of this year’s US Open, ‘I am not retiring, but evolving.’”


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