David Wood directs the IRI’s research and field-building work on responsible investment across asset classes, and currently manages projects on RI strategy with pension fund trustees, mission investing by foundations, the changing landscape of community investing in the US, and impact investing and public policy. He holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University.
Erin works part-time with the Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security, focusing on expanding and deepening trustee relationships and developing issue-specific resources. In addition to her work with the TLF, Erin conducts research on engaging anchor institutions in health-related community investment. Prior to joining the IRI team, Erin was a labor organizer, most recently working as the Director of Organizing for SEIU Local 509 based in Watertown, MA. Erin has fifteen years of experience in the field of labor organizing and labor relations and has worked for SEIU, AFSCME and the AFT. She holds a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Vonda is the Program Manager for The Just Transition Project. Before joining the IRI, she was the Director of the Capital Stewardship Program at Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which was created to engage the capital markets and financial institutions in innovative ways. Prior to her time with SEIU, Vonda worked as a community organizer in Chicago, New York, and Boston with the Industrial Areas Foundation. In addition, she co-founded the Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security here at the IRI. She earned her B.A. from Calvin COllege and A.M. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
As the Program Associate, Andy handles administrative tasks and research. His research and interest in Responsible Investing stems from his time spent living outside the US and coursework in International Political Economy, moral philosophy, and public policy. Prior to joining IRI, he worked in China and Singapore, with a hiatus for personal projects in London. He holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in International Relations from Harvard Extension School.
Waide Warner is a Senior Research Fellow at the IRI, where he focuses on infrastructure investment policy. At the IRI, Waide is working on a project to develop a sustainable infrastructure investment platform to engage pension funds and foundations in the financing of infrastructure projects with environmental and social benefits. He is also a Senior Counsel of Davis Polk & Wardwell, an international law firm based in New York. As a Davis Polk Partner for more than 25 years, he led the project finance group, advising on a broad range of U.S. and international financings, restructurings, and joint ventures in the telecommunications, transportation and power sectors across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is also a Lecturer on Law and Senior Advisor to the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where he works on matters related to digital access, government use of technology and civic innovation. From 2014 to 2016, he was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston College, did graduate work in Sociology at the University of Chicago and received a law degree from Rutgers Law School. After law school, he clerked for Hon. Marion C. Matthes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.