About Us

Changing Business as Usual


Michael Passoff, CEO, Proxy Impact
Michael has over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, shareholder advocacy, philanthropy, and proxy research and education. For more than a decade Michael served as the Sr. Program Director for the As You Sow Foundation’s Corporate Responsibility Program. From 2005 to 2010 Michael authored As You Sow’s annual Proxy Preview – Helping Foundations Align Investments and Mission to alert foundations to upcoming shareholder resolutions that are relevant to their missions. The Proxy Preview is widely distributed and the Chicago Tribune called the Proxy Preview the “bible for socially progressive foundations, religious groups, pension funds and other tax-exempt organizations.”Michael has led and participated in more than 300 shareholder dialogues and resolutions and worked closely with shareholder advocates in the SRI, pension fund, labor, philanthropic, and faith-based communities. His shareholder advocacy work led him to be named as one of 2009’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” He also received the 2009 Climate Change Business Journal award for a shareholder campaign which received a historic 51% of the vote – the first environmental resolution to ever receive a majority vote.

Advisory Board

Leslie Lowe, Board Member, Social Investment Forum

Leslie is an attorney who specializes in environmental law, and corporate environmental disclosure and governance. In addition to organizing grass roots and investor campaigns for environmental accountability as a consultant to As You Sow and other organizations, Leslie’s current work focuses on incorporating concepts from ecological and biophysical economics in financial and public policy analysis. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College, a Masters of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and did post-graduate research in economic and social history at the University of Paris. For the past seven years Leslie directed the Energy & Environment Program at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Prior to joining ICCR she was Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Disclosure and serves on the boards of the Social Investment Forum, River Network, and the Highlander Research and Education Center. She was Chair of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation’s Board of Directors until January of 2009.

David Seward, Chief Financial Officer, UC Hastings College of the Law

David has spent nearly two decades guiding the growth of UC Hastings College of Law. As CFO he is responsible for all aspects of financial, investment and business management, long-range capital and budget planning, risk and real estate management functions, and auditor, banking and commercial relations for a free standing, independent public law school of 1,300 students. Dave also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Family Center, a nationally recognized non-profit that is the largest provider of housing options, eviction prevention assistance, shelter, and home-based support services for homeless families in San Francisco; and is Board treasurer for the Tenderloin Economic Development Project, a program of the North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation that is helping to transform the Tenderloin into a vibrant and livable neighborhood for its low-income residents through economic, social, cultural, educational and safety initiatives.

Proxy Impact

  • Believes in using the power of the marketplace to solve social and environmental problems
  • Views corporate accountability as the responsibility of every investor

A portion of Proxy Impact fees will support non-profits whose activities are of particular interest to our clientele including NGOs working to enhance the fields of philanthropy, social investing, and corporate responsability.

About Us

Proxy Impact helps foundations and socially responsible investors to align investments with values. We provide our clients environmental, social and governance (ESG) proxy voting guidelines; timely and accurate proxy voting and reporting; and customized consulting and shareholder engagement services.