Anna Smukowski

Senior Director, Investor Relations & Capital Strategies

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Anna is passionate about values-aligned investing, with a specific focus on community development and conservation. Professionally, she serves as LISC’s senior director of Investor Relations & Capital Strategies, working to introduce, position and market LISC’s work to nontraditional investors through LISC’s retail Impact Note program. She supports strategies aimed at growing LISC’s loan capital, including modeling financial and social returns of LISC’s products. Prior to LISC she was a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte. Anna holds a B.S. from NYU Stern and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

A recent favorite values-aligned investment is Connecticut Green Bank’s Liberty Notes through RaiseGreen. The notes program is aligned with the ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the notes proceeds going towards supporting small businesses who are advancing energy efficiency in their buildings. To me, the coolest thing about the structure was they gave priority first to Connecticut residents who invest $1,000 or less (prioritizing smaller over larger investments within this group), and then to all other investors who invest $1,000 or less (prioritizing smaller over larger investments within this group) with the goal of activating new, retail investors to get involved in values-aligned investing.