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Chad Spitler, MA

Adjunct Professor

Chad Spitler is the Founder and CEO of Third Economy, a sustainable investment research and advisory firm. Chad was formerly a Partner at PJT CamberView, an advisory firm specializing in helping public companies engage with their investors, particularly around complex or contested shareholder matters. He is most widely known for building what are now BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship and Sustainable Investing teams. As a Managing Director at the world’s largest asset manager, Chad led the team responsible for analyzing how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors may impact financial performance, and integrating that analysis into investment decisions, proxy voting, corporate engagement, and product development. His work facilitated billions of dollars of capital into sustainable investments and led hundreds of public companies to integrate long-term thinking into their business strategies.

Chad speaks both publicly and privately with regulators, policymakers, non-profits, academics, and the largest global companies and investors, to further the field of sustainable investing and transition the capital markets to a lower carbon economy. With over 20 years of institutional investing and sustainability experience, he sits on the Finance Working Group of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is a Senior Advisor to UK-based Affirmative Investment Management (AIM), is a lecturer on Sustainable Finance at San Francisco State University, and is on the Dean’s External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s School for the Environment and Sustainability. He holds an M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a B.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


FIN6320 – Capital Structures and Technology for Impactful Financial Markets

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