Caleb Ballou

Former Principal

Caleb Ballou joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2017. As Principal, he is responsible for supporting the Foundation’s Program-Related Investments (PRI) portfolio by sourcing, executing, and managing investments that address critical social and environmental challenges at scale.

Before joining the Foundation, Caleb was a Senior Associate at Marakon Associates, a management consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 1000 companies in the manufacturing, construction, and financial services sectors.

Previously, Caleb spent five years in high yield, distressed debt and restructuring as an Assistant Vice President at Eaton Vance in Boston and London. During graduate school, he also spent time with Cornerstone Capital (ESG investment research), Inspiring Capital (management consulting to nonprofits & social enterprises), the Rockefeller Foundation’s PRI team, and with social enterprises in consumer goods (Kopali Organics) and hospitality (Kin Travel).

Caleb received a BA in Linguistics and English Literature from Dartmouth College, MBA and MA (International Affairs) degrees from Columbia, and holds the CFA charterholder designation.

Authored Content

  • May 18 2020
    Blog Post Accelerating Use of Remote Surveys During the Covid-19 Pandemic As the world reels from the effects of Covid-19 and widespread lockdowns, we collectively lack some of the basic information needed to navigate this crisis. Just as we are struggling with limited testing that obscures our understanding of the scale of Covid-19, we also are unable to answer basic questions about the human impacts – […] Caleb Ballou, Sasha Dichter, Venu Aggarwal, Veronica Olazabal
  • Apr 05 2019
    Blog Post Social Impact Investing in China – A Tipping Point We recently returned from an eight-day trip to China and came away invigorated by the rapidly-evolving Chinese philanthropic landscape. From the financial capital of Shanghai and Beijing to the social entrepreneurs of Shenzhen, we sought to understand and uncover opportunities for The Rockefeller Foundation to bring its expertise in innovative finance to support China’s effort […] Caleb Ballou, Mike Muldoon