Thank you to all who attended!

A New Frontier for Policy & Investment:

What a Federal Development Bank
Could Do for Americans



To be in the know—and join the discussion—about policy developments at the intersection of sustainability, inclusive economic development, investment, and capital markets: what it means for the USA, and what it means for you.


  • The what and why of a national development bank
  • Real-time policy developments in Washington
  • Opportunities for investors to achieve climate, community, and other sustainability objectives
  • Lessons learned from comparable institutions both inside and outside the U.S.


Aaron Cantrell is the founder and General Director of Future Nexus, a research consultancy supporting learning and coordination between public and private sector institutions who incorporate the public interest into investment strategies.

Before his current venture, Aaron was Chief Economist and head of sustainable strategies at Record Currency Management, a London-based asset manager with $80bn in AUM.

Aaron earned an MPhil in Economics from Balliol College, Oxford, an MA in International Studies and LLM from Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University, and a BS in Mathematics and BA in Chinese and French from Indiana University.

Founder & General Director, Future Nexus

Stephany Griffith-Jones recently edited a book with Jose Antonio Ocampo titled The Future of National Development Banks, which draws policy lessons from around the world regarding the role that domestically-focused development banks can play in innovation and structural change, sustainable infrastructure, financial inclusion, and more. 


  • Emeritus Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University
  • Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development, Washington DC
  • Distinguished Fellow at ClimateWorks Foundation, San Francisco
  • Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute
  • Roles advising the World Bank, European Parliament, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank


  • BA, University of Chile
  • PhD, Cambridge University
Financial Markets Program Director,
Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University

John Cochrane is Senior Manager of Policy & Programs at the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the impact investing ecosystem by bridging market gaps and addressing shared challenges. At the Alliance, John helps to lead a range of program areas, including public policy advocacy, investor engagement and education, and the work of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing.

Prior to joining the Alliance, John was Associate Director for Social Innovation at the Council on Foundations, where he created programming to educate and train community, corporate and private foundations about the role impact investing could play in advancing their work.

He has also worked with the Inter-American Development Bank, White House Business Council, U.S. State Department, and Morgan Stanley.

Senior Manager, Policy & Programs
U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

Douglass Sims is Senior Director, Resilient Communities Division at Natural Resources Defense Council. The division encompasses many pathbreaking initiatives, including the Green Finance Center, the American Cities Climate Challenge, Energy Efficiency For All and the Strong and Prosperous and Resilient Climate Challenge. A project finance lawyer by training, Doug was instrumental in the design and launch of the New York Green Bank and is a co-founder of the global Green Bank Network. He advises jurisdictions around the world on green finance and sustainable infrastructure and is a founding board member of Inclusive Prosperity Capital and the Post Road Foundation and a long-standing member of the Climate Bonds Standard Board.

Senior Director, Resilient Communities Division, NRDC



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