Julie Hammerman founded JLens (www.jlensnetwork.org) in 2012 to explore the growing field of socially responsible investing (SRI) through a Jewish lens. JLens provides guidance to Jewish institutions (federations, foundations, endowments, pensions, DAFs) and is launching the first Jewish values-based mutual fund as a platform for Jewish social, environmental, and pro-Israel advocacy with US public companies. While SRI (or “impact investing”) is a perfect opportunity for next-gen Jewish engagement given the field’s focus on values, it’s unfortunately a hotbed for BDS and Israel divestment activity. JLens is working to educate the Jewish community on divestment and counter strategies.
JLens was selected for Slingshot’s 2015 list of innovative Jewish organizations, and the UpStart Bay Area incubator. Prior to JLens, Julie was the Impact Investing Strategist for a multi-family office, worked in Investment Banking at JPMorgan, and started a for-profit social enterprise. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Tufts University, and the Wexner Jewish Heritage fellowship. Julie has served on the board of the Federation, ADL and JCRC.