Dan Crisafulli founded Potrero Impact Advisors in 2010 following an extensive career in global emerging markets and U.S. impact investing, with a focus on private debt and equity.
Dan brings an extensive track record in investing for financial return and positive social and environmental impact. A frequent speaker and recognized voice in the field, he was an early proponent of applying a venture capital approach to solving social and environmental challenges.
Prior to founding Potrero, Dan served as investment director at the Skoll Foundation from 2007-2010, where he built the impact investing program and executed direct and fund investments. While at Skoll, he played a key role in creating several leading impact investing trade organizations including the Global Impact Investing Network and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.
In 2000, Dan cofounded the technology venture capital group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, where he invested in emerging markets technology companies with social impact. He led investments including the pioneering Indian digital animation company DQ Entertainment which had a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange, Indian semiconductor design company NewPath, and TRG, a leading Pakistan-based technology service company. He also served on the boards of IFC investees in Russia, Mexico, and Vietnam.
Dan managed the Development Marketplace (DM), the World Bank’s innovation fund. He led the expansion of the DM from a $3.5 million to a $10 million annual program by mobilizing 80 percent of the funding from external partners in the private sector and government. The DM was designated a “best practice” in corporate innovation by the Harvard Business Review.
Dan began his career with the London-based L|E|K Partnership, advising on mergers and acquisitions in advertising, consumer products and other industries. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year. He received a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and was designated a Kennedy Scholar. Dan has worked and traveled in over 60 countries.
He serves on the board and credit risk committee of Root Capital, a social investment fund based in Cambridge, MA, and has served in leadership roles in community organizations in San Francisco and Washington, DC, most recently as a proud Girl Scout troop parent.