Brinda Ganguly

Former Senior Associate Director

Brinda Ganguly joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008. As an Associate Director, she managed the Foundation’s Program Related Investments (PRI) portfolio and worked on the Harnessing the Power of  Impact Investing initiative, which sought to catalyze an efficient industry that can deploy investment capital to complement philanthropy in solving social challenges at scale.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, Ms. Ganguly was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Corporate Bank, where she addressed corporate finance issues for healthcare clients. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Soros Foundation, originating and executing PRIs on behalf of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and at Charles River Associates as an economic consultant. Ms. Ganguly serves on the board of Neighbors Together, an anti-poverty, anti-hunger organization based in Brooklyn, New York, as well as on the President’s Advisory Council for Bryn Mawr College.

Ms. Ganguly received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Authored Content

  • Oct 27 2016
    Blog Post Zombie Funds and Impact Investing I have spent the last few weeks thinking about zombies—and not just because of Halloween. Why, you may ask? The Rockefeller Foundation is an impact investor through our portfolio of program-related investments (PRIs). Over the past twenty years, we have invested in a number of impact-focused private equity funds, most of which invest in companies […] Brinda Ganguly
  • Apr 06 2016
    Blog Post Renewable Energy for India: A New Deal Could Impact 250 Million People Recently, The Rockefeller Foundation and OMC Power closed a $4.5 million deal to finance OMC Power’s construction and retrofitting of 100 solar power plants in rural Uttar Pradesh, India to serve villages that do not have reliable access to power. This deal is an example of a foundation engaging in impact investing—making an investment that […] Brinda Ganguly
  • Nov 16 2015
    Blog Post A Policy Shift Enables More Investment Dollars for Social Good When it comes to the field of impact investing, even small changes in how a policy is worded can have big implications. On October 22, a seemingly minute change was made to a U.S. Department of Labor bulletin regulating pension funds governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). But this small change could […] Brinda Ganguly
  • Aug 08 2014
    Blog Post The Success of the Peterborough Social Impact Bond Yesterday, the first results for the Peterborough social impact bond (SIB) were released and the outcomes are promising. Through a program related investment (PRI), The Rockefeller Foundation supported the Peterborough SIB pilot aimed at reducing prisoner recidivism—and now, four years later, we can point to tangible success for this new innovative finance mechanism. The first […] Brinda Ganguly
  • Jun 19 2014
    Blog Post What We've Learned About Program-Related Investments In May, The Rockefeller Foundation released a new book—”The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good.” In it, Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg examine the potential of impact investing on the structures, systems, and practices that will need to take hold for it to go big and go global. […] Brinda Ganguly, Cynthia Muller, Nancy MacPherson