Clean Yield Asset Management Welcomes Two New Analysts

Clean Yield Asset Management Welcomes Two New Analysts

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November 14, 2013 (Norwich, VT) – Clean Yield Asset Management is pleased to welcome two new hires, Steve Lehman in the role of equity analyst and Karin Chamberlain as Impact and Community Investment 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 and his family moved to the Upper Valley in 2012.

“I am excited to live in the Upper Valley and work for an investment firm that incorporates environmental, social, and governance considerations into the stock selection process,” Steve said.

Karin Chamberlain will oversee the research and implementation of Clean Yield’s private placement and community investment initiatives focusing on food and agriculture in Vermont. Karin completed her masters degree in economics and environmental policy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and spent 10 years with KLD Research & Analytics. During her tenure as index manager, the number of sustainability indices grew from two to more than 30, and assets under management licensed to those indices increased ten-fold. Prior to joining Clean Yield in 2013, Karin worked as an independent consultant. She grew up on an organic sheep farm in Etna, NH and served with the US Peace Corps in Ecuador. She says, “I have landed my dream job. With Clean Yield I am able to combine my passion for food and agriculture with my background in sustainable investing.”

2013 has been a year of transition for Clean Yield Asset Management, with the retirements of portfolio manager Doug Fleer and social research director Rick Hausman in late 2012, and the passing of Clean Yield president Rian Fried in July.

“We’re delighted to bring Steve and Karin in to the Clean Yield family to help us move forward into a new era,” said Managing Director Elizabeth Glenshaw. “Their ideals, skills and backgrounds will complement and enhance our commitment to high impact investing and advocacy at the local level and in the public equity markets.”

 

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