Sarah and Max met in 2013 through their volunteer board work for UNICEF USA. Sarah had just left her corporate career to become a public servant, while Max was taking a break after twenty years in the energy & environmental arena.
At the time, social impact investment had been approached through a philanthropic lens, or with the expectation of modest, if any, financial returns. A couple of years later, Max and Sarah co-founded MaSa Partners to build a financially sustainable investment venture that grows and recycles capital to achieve real, enduring impact.
Meet The Founders
Max believes we can improve the planet and people’s lives without sacrificing our economic wellbeing. In his corporate career, Max saw first-hand how air pollution can be reduced at a fraction of the projected cost to industry. And today, the renewable energy industry is one of the largest job creators in our modern economy.
Max is confident we can cost-effectively overcome our greatest challenges — such as climate change and adaptation – by supporting entrepreneurship, investing in people and innovation, and increasing access to capital.
Max worked for a Fortune 500 energy company for fourteen years, helping the organization grow from a start-up into a successful company with a global footprint. Max held a number of commercial and executive leadership positions, and looks back at the most challenging times in his career as the most rewarding. Max applies these lessons learned to advise start-up companies – for which capital is scarce and mis-steps can be costly – in many areas, including governance, strategy, fundraising, financial reporting, risk management, deal structuring and M&A.
Max’s Commitment to the Community
Max grew up all over the world, living in half a dozen countries before the age of ten. The diversity and cultural richness around the globe instilled in him the belief that the world really is a village.
Max served as Chair of UNICEF USA’s Mid-Atlantic regional board and on its National Development Committee. Having been to the field three times with UNICEF, Max has a particular interest in leveraging financial and technological tools to reach and save more children every day. Max also served on the honorary board of Halcyon, an incubator for social
entrepreneurs and artists, for two years.
What you might not know about Max…
Max’s academic background is in particle physics but when his doctoral project was canceled, he turned his attention to environmental issues. He has published several papers on climate change, clean air and renewable energy policy, which have been widely cited. He was born in London though supports Liverpool FC, speaks three languages, and is part-owner of a biodynamic farm in the UK. He has traveled all over the world and does not believe in coincidences.
Sarah has always believed that social good does not have to come at the expense of sound business. Until recently, these were two completely separate concepts in her life, as she juggled her management consulting career with her desire to support philanthropic ventures.
During a women’s microfinance project in rural India, Sarah experienced how the infusion of financial and human resources from local banks not only empowered entrepreneurs, but transformed entire communities. A few years later, she co-founded MaSa Partners to support entrepreneurs in their quest to transform socially responsible initiatives into financially sustainable businesses.
Over her career, Sarah has led projects for government agencies, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies, and has seen what works and more importantly what doesn’t work. Sarah adopts an inclusive, consensus-driven approach to developing plans that achieve results. For example, her work for the Under Secretary of Defense saved taxpayers tens of millions. Sarah’s dedication and commitment to excellence was recognized when she became the youngest person to receive Booz Allen Women’s Success Award.
Sarah’s Commitment to the Community
Sarah’s commitment to her community has been a constant in her life. She has served on numerous non-profit boards as well as a Congressional Task Force on PTSD. Her work has supported a wide range of missions ranging from women and gender equality to the wellbeing of veterans and service members
Sarah’s commitment to her home state of Wisconsin led her to take a sabbatical from MaSa Partners to save the Office of State Treasurer. After successfully running the campaign to defeat the ballot amendment proposing to eliminate this constitutional office, Sarah ran for the position and was elected State Treasurer in November 2018.
What you might not know about Sarah…
Sarah’s passion for politics developed at an early age as she served as student body president of her middle school, high school and college.
Sadly for MaSa, Sarah left the business in 2018 to focus entirely on public service. As State Treasurer, Sarah is using her financial and investment experience to benefit the people of Wisconsin.