Christa Velasquez is Director of Social Investments at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization whose principal mission is to help build better futures for disadvantaged children and families. She is responsible for managing the foundation’s $125 million social investment fund and implements investment strategy, designs investment policies, and educates staff and partners about social investments. Ms. Velasquez also manages the due diligence process and is responsible for deal structuring, portfolio monitoring, and developing a technical assistance plan for grantees and partners. Ms. Velasquez spent six years at the consulting firm Brody-Weiser-Burns, specializing in social investing, community development financing, and business planning for social ventures. Her current and former board affiliations include TRF Urban Growth Partners, PRI Makers Network, the American Visionary Art Museum, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.