Ben Thornley is the Director of Insight – the thought leadership practice in high-impact investing at Pacific Community Ventures (PCV). PCV is a leading San Francisco-based CDFI and growth equity manager deploying $60 million in three funds targeting quality job creation in low-income California communities. Mr. Thornley is responsible for PCV’s policy research and non-financial performance evaluation initiatives, advising prominent institutions in the U.S. including the California Public Employees Retirement System, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The California Endowment. In 2010, InSight assessed the social impact of over $1.2 billion of private equity investments by 40 individual money managers.
Prior to joining PCV, Mr. Thornley worked for a decade advancing the role of financial services in economic development. This included as editorial director and New York correspondent for a leading Australian business publication, as a policy associate with the United Nations Association of the U.S., responsible for coordinating Wall Street’s formal participation in the United Nation’s Financing for Development conference, and as an investment director in the Australian Consulate-General, New York, charged with positioning Australia as a regional financial services center. Mr. Thornley sits on the governing standards committee of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards, is the board president of Centerforce, an agency supporting families and communities impacted by incarceration, and holds a MPP from UC Berkeley.