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Cass Walker

Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund
Cass  Walker

Cass Walker Harvey is Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund, an impact investing fund serving rural entrepreneurs in Colorado. Originally from England, Cass Walker Harvey has spent the past decade building inclusive innovation ecosystems in the USA, Latin America, and the UK. Most recently, Cass Walker Harvey was part of the founding team at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale as Managing Director, where her role included center launch strategy, team management, designing programming for entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation at Yale, and advising start-ups. Her time at Yale also included several years building an entrepreneurship ecosystem for students working across Yale's campus through roles at Yale Center for Business and the Environment, InnovateHealth Yale and Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and co-founding WE@Yale.

Cass has founded two non-profits: SelvaKids, which aims to provide sustainable solutions to increase educational resources in the Amazon, and Girls Thinking Global, which aims to increase collaboration and best practices in the non-profit sector to improve opportunities for adolescent girls worldwide. Cass Walker Harvey also worked extensively with Runa, a social enterprise that works with indigenous farmers to create sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon, leading their Fair Trade cooperative development, community-based research, and international education experiences. Cass has a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.