Joel Solomon is a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission venture capital firm, at $240 million assets under management. Investing in organics and climate tech in Canada and the USA, Renewal Funds is GIIRS-rated, a founding Canadian B Corp (5x “Best for the World”), a “1% for the Planet” member, recognized as ImpactAssets “Top 50 impact fund managers”. Joel is also a frequent public speaker, co-producer of the Integrated Capital Institute with RSF Social Finance, and co-author of The Clean Money Revolution: Re-Inventing Power, Purpose & Capitalism.
Joel walked into Hollyhock land as a volunteer in the garden, when Hollyhock was not yet born, and the Cold Mountain Institute had recently closed. When Hollyhock’s original founders, including Rex Weyler and Siobhan Robinsong, plus several friends in the human potential and environmental activism worlds, launched the new organization, Joel soon became a financial partner. He joined the board about 30 years ago and became board chair 25 years ago. He recruited a new CEO, Dana Bass Smith in 2000, and by 2003, they married. She served in the role until the arrival of Peter Wrinch in Mid 2017.
Joel completed 25 years as volunteer Board Chair in May, 2019.
He and Dana remain keen supporters and part of the now wide ranging Hollyhock extended family.
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