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Andrea Barrios

PRI Portfolio Manager, Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation

Andrea currently works at the Rockefeller Foundation on the Innovative Finance portfolio, specifically focusing on harnessing finance to mobilize private capital for social and environmental outcomes. These new innovative finance solutions range from new investment vehicles, market opportunities or partnership models. The innovation portfolio uses a venture philanthropy model and Andrea supports the sourcing and diligencing of new financing solutions.

In her early career, Andrea was an Operations Manager in the Athletics Department at the University of British Columbia, one of the largest in Canada with over fifty thousand enrolled students. Her focus on student learning outcomes led her to an invitation to a task force organized by the President’s council and her training and hiring processes were integrated into other programs. During her time, she also identified new revenue streams and collaborated with the Finance Department on new forecasting models for the department.

Andrea moved to the United States in 2014 and enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Virginia focusing on Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. During her time, she developed a pay for success model aimed at improving HIV patient outcomes in Washington D.C. Elements of the patient-centric approach have been adopted by several organizations in the design of similar models.

Andrea holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Authored Content

  • May 22 2018
    Blog Post Preparing for a Global Outbreak: New Solutions to the Next Generation of Pathogens   This piece is part of our month-long focus on health in the lead up to the 2018 World Health Assembly.  This week, the world’s leading global health policymakers and practitioners gather in Geneva as part of the 71st World Health Assembly to discuss how to achieve universal health coverage and health for all. For a […] Andrea Barrios
  • Mar 26 2018
    Blog Post Atlanta's Seeing Green   As the first city within the 100 Resilient Cities to publicly issue environmental impact bonds, the City of Atlanta is boldly advancing a movement to make cities more resilient. Being first can be daunting. Being first means risking that no one else will follow or understand what you are trying to achieve. For us, […] Andrea Barrios, Ben Cohen
  • Feb 01 2018
    Blog Post So You Want to be an Innovative Financier? Seven trillion dollars. That’s right, trillion. The panel of judges sitting in the front row at the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge (KMSSIC) represented seven trillion dollars of investor capital, mostly institutional. The Sustainable Investing Challenge is a pitch competition open to graduate students around the world that pushes them to think about innovative financial […] Andrea Barrios
  • Jan 16 2018
    Blog Post Setting Sights on 2030: An Innovative Finance Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality   While many of us have penciled in our resolutions for the next year, a group of innovative thinkers are aiming a bit beyond 2018—achieving the goals laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement two years ago. On the anniversary of the landmark agreement, at the One Planet Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron, World Bank […] Andrea Barrios
  • Dec 27 2019
    #Solvable Racial division is #Solvable Racial division is #Solvable. Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu shares a vision of racial understanding driven by a formal reconciliation process never before attempted in the United States. Mitch Landrieu was the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, helping to steer the city during its recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. He […]
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