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Ted is the founder and CEO of Beneficial Returns, an impact investing debt fund supporting social enterprises that operate in emerging markets.

Ted is the former Senior Director of Lending at RSF Social Finance where he managed an $85M impact investing portfolio of loans to US and Canada-based social enterprises.Clients included non-profits such as Fair Trade USA and Digital Divide Data and for-profit companies such as Guayaki and Interrupcion Fair Trade.  During his seven years at RSF, Ted managed a team of professionals handling all aspects of RSF’s Social Investment Fund including business development, underwriting, legal and documentation plus loan servicing.  While at RSF, Ted was a voting member of RSF’s Credit Committee and responsible for all troubled loans.

Ted is also the Treasurer of Social Enterprise Alliance and a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow. He was selected as a 2015 Aspen Ideas Fest Scholar.  Ted is a frequent presenter on impact investing to social entrepreneurs and aspiring social entrepreneurs.  He has made presentations throughout the US as well as in Nairobi, Manila and Delhi.

Prior to RSF, Ted spent ten years in equipment leasing for small businesses. He was also the first Business Manager of Green School in Bali, Indonesia.

Ted has a BA in Economics from Tufts University where he was an NEH Younger Scholar and recipient of the Paul Montle Prize for Entrepreneurship.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Leu, an Ashoka fellow.