HNEF Attends First Regional LOCUS Leadership Summit

The Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) team attended the first regional LOCUS leadership summit in Boston on March 11, 2015. LOCUS, Latin for “place,” is a national coalition of real estate developers and investors who know that transportation drives development and who advocate for sustainable, walkable urban development in our metropolitan areas. LOCUS is a program of Smart Growth America.

At the conference, LOCUS President Chris Leinberger unveiled WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Boston, a new research study about development trends in greater Boston and the growing market demand for walkable urban neighborhoods. The conference was a great opportunity for the HNEF team to meet with developers, financiers, and foundations and to get the word out about the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund. 

Other panels included discussions about “Bridging the Gap between Affordability and Profitability,” “The Future of Infrastructure Development: Cutting Edge Solutions for the Region and the U.S.,” “Turning Local Practice into State and Federal Policy,” and “Re-imagining Communities and Revitalization.”

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Gina Foote

Virginia (Gina) Foote is the Director of Fund Development at CLF Ventures, where she helps cultivate market-based solutions to New England’s environmental problems. Gina identifies target markets mission-aligned with CLF’s programs where CLF Ventures can catalyze change with strategic funding facilities. She finds best-in-class partners, structures funds, raises capital, participates on investment committees, and oversees the monitoring of impact results over time. Gina is an impact investing and finance professional. She has a wide range of deal experience in both investment banking and venture investing. Prior to CLF Ventures, Gina was CFO/COO for a private equity fund investing in clean energy and materials. Formerly, she was the CFO/Controller for a for-profit international education company. She has also consulted for ACCION International, a non-profit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all. Earlier in her career, Gina worked in corporate finance advisory in New York and Mexico and taught Introductory Finance and Business History at Boston University. Gina serves on the Board of Directors of The Charles River Conservancy and is a member of the Trustees Collaborative, a greater-Boston parks advocacy group, and The Boston Club. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Yale University