R. Paul Herman

R. Paul HermanProgram Director and Professor; Founder, Center for Sustainable Finance at Presidio Graduate School


BS, Economics, with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania


R. Paul Herman is a globally recognized leader in ESG ratings and impact-themed portfolios. Herman founded HIP Investor 12 years ago to show that investments across all asset classes can solve human, social and environmental problems – and can be more profitable and less risky than being extractive of people, natural resources, and trust. HIP Investor rates more than 121,000 stocks, bonds and funds for fiduciaries, investors, advisers, fund managers, and 401(k) plans. Herman is an alumnus of Wharton, McKinsey, Ashoka and Omidyar Network. Herman is an advisor to SASB, Net Impact, and Sustainable Brands. Herman authored The HIP Investor book (Wiley, 2010), included in the curricula of 27 global MBA, MPA and university programs in finance, capital markets and impact investing.

Books Authored

The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World (Wiley, 2010)


SUS6175: Capital Markets
SUST6240: Financial Systems
FIN6340:  Multisector Financial Solutions for Sustainable Global and Local Societies