Penelope Douglas is a pioneer in community development investment and social enterprise.
During the last four years Penelope has been a senior executive and also Chair of Mission Hub LLC, and now serves as Senior Advisor. The organization includes Impact Hubs in San Francisco, Berkeley, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC, and the annual SOCAP conference.
Penelope is also on the Boards of New Resource Bank and the Opportunity Finance Network, and is an Advisor to Halloran Philanthropies and Fund Good Jobs in Oakland, California. She is on the Advisory Board for Wells Fargo Bank’s New Markets Tax Credit Group and as a Field Builder with RSF Social Finance.
Most recently, Penelope has engaged with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Bay Area for the research and design of a bold concept called ArtBank, building upon elements of creative place-making, investment, and impact through arts and creativity.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco has also invited Penelope to be an Artist in Residence for 2015-16 on the question of Our Labor and The Value of Work. Her work engages with think tank participants for inquiry and response to these questions.
Penelope acts as Senior Advisor to the Heritas Group; the firm engages with clients and builds collaborative initiatives based on the vision that growing the assets of culture, community and place creates lasting solutions and benefits.
She also currently serves as a Director of Startgrid, a young company which has built a powerful software platform for building enterprise-driven entrepreneurial communities
Previously Penelope co-founded and served twelve years as CEO of Pacific Community Ventures with a mission to invest human, intellectual, and financial capital in small businesses for the benefit of economically underserved communities. During her tenure Pacific Community Ventures advised and invested in small businesses which provided thousands of good jobs and wealth building opportunities for lower-income workers. Penelope led investment funds totaling $60 million.
For three decades Penelope has applied her executive leadership, strategic acumen and dedication to social change at Morrison & Foerster, Wells Fargo Bank, Odwalla, New Mexico Community Capital, San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Center and other organizations.
Her work as a leader and social entrepreneur has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and California magazine.
Penelope is an athlete who has competed in ultra marathons and Ironman distance triathlons, twice qualifying for the World Championships. Now she prefers long trail runs and other adventures. She is an artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited publicly. Penelope is a fourth generation Californian and graduate of Smith College.