Eric Becker, Portfolio Manager
Eric is Clean Yield’s chief investment officer, overseeing our firm’s portfolio-management discipline.
Almost from the time he graduated from college in 1991, Eric has been engaged in social and environmental investing. He joined Clean Yield in 2009 after sixteen years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Trillium Asset Management in Boston. Rising to vice president, Eric was the lead portfolio manager of the $45 million Green Century Balanced Fund and the leader of Trillium’s small-mid cap and sustainable opportunities equity strategies as well as Trillium Sustainable Ventures, its private equity initiative.
Eric holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Haverford College and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
A proponent of sustainable agriculture, Eric is a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance–a network of investors, farmers and activists–and a founding board member of The Carrot Project, a sustainable agriculture finance organization. He is also senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
Eric and his two children live in Strafford, Vermont, where Eric enjoys beekeeping, birding, live music, and Patrick O’Brian novels.
Elizabeth Glenshaw, Portfolio Manager
Elizabeth is Clean Yield’s President and Managing Director. She came to us with 25 years of experience in SRI. Elizabeth started her career crafting a community banking program for a Vermont bank that focused on ensuring access to credit for low-wealth communities. Subsequently, she worked for two SRI asset management companies, managing portfolios for clients who wished to integrate their social values with their financial objectives. Elizabeth’s last position was with the Calvert Foundation, which assists non-profits in low-wealth and impoverished communities. She was instrumental in growing the organization from six to 38 employees, with a loan portfolio of $200 million.
In 1993, Elizabeth was first elected to the board of the Social Investment Forum, our industry’s trade association. She served for 14 years, several as VP. Currently, she is president of the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, serves as an advisor to the Chittenden Bank (Vermont’s largest bank), and is vice president. .of the board of the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation. She also has an advisory seat with the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Trust.
Elizabeth received a B.A. from Marlboro College and is a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. She also has a degree in financial planning from Boston University. Elizabeth loves most sports and competes nationally in rowing. She and her husband Peter are raising three children in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Dorigen Hofmann, Portfolio Manager
Dorigen is a portfolio manager operating out of the Clean Yield office in Washington, D.C.
Immediately prior to joining Clean Yield in 2006, Dorigen was an assistant attorney general for the state of Washington. At the attorney general’s office, she worked on litigation and client advice regarding natural resource management, land use, real estate, public records, and administrative procedures. She has also spent time in Beijing working on land development issues, and she worked for a variety of U.S.-based environmental nonprofits and government agencies.
Dorigen has over 20 years of experience with Clean Yield, although most have been as a volunteer. The daughter of co-founder Rian Fried, her first job, at age seven, was licking stamps and sealing envelopes for the Clean Yield newsletter. Her investment interests vary widely, but she is particularly interested in community investing and the powerful impact it can have on communities around the world.
Dorigen holds a JD from the University of Washington and a bachelor of arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Jon. She can frequently be found cross-country or downhill skiing, hiking, tap dancing, gardening, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Steve Lehman, Equity Analyst
Steve has more than 25 years of investment experience, first in managing portfolios for individuals at a major Chicago bank, and later managing a global mutual fund in Pittsburgh that at its peak had $3 billion in assets. A graduate of Ripon College in Wisconsin, Steve majored in economics and earned magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinction. He later received a master’s in public policy studies from the University of Chicago. Before entering the investment field, he worked on Capitol Hill for Tom Harkin of Iowa. Steve holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
Steve and his family moved to the Upper Valley in 2012. In his free time, Steve enjoys gardening, biking, cross-country skiing, tennis, and hiking. Most of all, he and his wife, Nancy, love their old house and life in Vermont.
Karin Chamberlain, Impact and Community Investment Analyst
Karin oversees the research and implementation of Clean Yield’s private placement and community investment initiatives focusing on food and agriculture.
Karin started her career in sustainable investing in 1997 as a social research intern at Trillium Asset Management while pursuing her masters in economics and environmental policy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. After graduation she spent 10 years with KLD Research & Analytics, where during her tenure as index manager the number of sustainability indices grew from 2 to more than 30, and the assets under management licensed to those indices increased ten-fold to over $11 billion. Prior to joining Clean Yield in 2013, Karin worked as an independent consultant.
From 1994 to 1997 Karin served as an agriculture volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Kenyon College and is trilingual in English, Spanish and German and speaks just enough Quichua to get herself into trouble at a fiesta.
Having grown up on an organic sheep farm in Etna, New Hampshire, Karin is thrilled to be back in the Upper Valley. A high-energy person, Karin spends her free time training for ultra-distance inline skating and bicycle races to make sure she can sit still long enough to get her office work done.
Shelley Alpern, Director of Social Research & Advocacy
Shelley joined Clean Yield Asset Management as director of social research and advocacy in the fall of 2012. A shareholder advocate for nearly two decades, Shelley has led and participated in a wide range of advocacy campaigns, leading to numerous negotiated agreements with leading corporations. She has worked on a broad number of issues, including greenhouse gas emissions, corporate political spending, human rights, palm oil, and LGBT workplace policies.
For her efforts in promoting inclusive nondiscrimination policies, she was recognized by the Gay Financial Network and Fortune magazine as one of the 25 most powerful lesbians and gay men in business and by The Advocate magazine as “one of our best and brightest activists.” Her contributions to a successful campaign leading cosmetics manufacturer to remove phthalates from its products was recognized by the Silent Spring Institute in 2005 with their first Rachel Carson Award. In 2005 she was voted by her industry peers to receive the SRI Service Award.
Shelley did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and received her master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Shelley lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her wife, Marjorie Kelly, where she weeds the garden, cooks, bikes, combats clutter, and falls behind in her reading.