Stephen DeBerry invests in vehicles that align strong financial returns with positive social impact. He is a former partner at Kapor Capital and before that was an Investment Director at Omidyar Network, the mission-based investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Before that Stephen managed business development at Interval Research, where he supported new business initiatives for Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen and Vulcan Ventures.
Over the past several years Stephen has been on the vanguard of building the emerging category of impact investing. He has been a frequent organizer and speaker at industry conferences and his investments have contributed to creating new categories such as social lending. Some of his previous investments include: CircleLending (now Virgin Money), Prosper, Cardpool, PayNearMe and UniversityNow.
Stephen is a former Trustee and Member of the Investment Committee at The California Endowment. He is the Chairman of Friends of New Orleans and serves the boards of The Dalai Lama Foundation and is an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Stephen earned a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Anthropology with highest honors from UCLA as well as a Masterâ€™s degree in Social Anthropology and MBA from the University of Oxford. He is a British Marshall Scholar and a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has been recognized by both The Root/Washington Post and Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the United States.