Mike McCreless
Root Capital

Mike oversees Root Capital’s impact assessment and social & environmental due diligence, and is active in sharing Root Capital’s learning via writing and industry groups. He also facilitates long-term and annual strategic planning and organizational development. He previously consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Mike holds an M.B.A. and an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

Articles by Mike McCreless

  • Mike McCreless

    Evaluation that Creates Value for Participants: A Client-Centric Approach

    Too often, the process of collecting data to evaluate impact, regardless of the intent, feels extractive to the research participants. Extractive industries are those that obtain natural resources from the earth without provision for the potential negative consequences of extraction. Similarly, some evaluations extract data from disadvantaged communities without providing any benefit in return. How Root Capital has taken a more client-centric approach.

    Agriculture, Impact Assessment
  • Mike McCreless

    Finding the Efficient Frontier of Financial and Social Returns

    One of the most heavily-attended panels at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference this year was titled: Social Impact Investing: Putting Your Dollar to Work in the Developing World. Moderator Amit Bouri opened with a question for the audience: "How many believe that to increase social impact, financial investors must sacrifice financial returns?"

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