The Croatan Forum is a new gathering for people to engage in deep discussion of pressing issues at the critical nexus where finance, sustainability, and economic development intersect.

The Croatan Forum is produced by Croatan Institute, an independent nonprofit research institute whose mission is to harness the power of investment for social good and ecological resilience. 

The goal of the Forum is to create a thought-provoking, multi-day conversation where 75-100 people will gather to discuss cross-cutting issues that are central to the Institute's mission, such as place-based investing in regenerative agriculture and resilient, regional food systems; total portfolio approaches to impact investing in climate solutions, business and human rights, and socially inclusive business; investor engagement on environmental and social challenges; and financial sustainability and systemic risk.

Please join this important conversation on October 2-4, 2018, at the Full Frame Theater near the Institute's offices in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Forum Advisory Committee

A group of local and national experts are advising on program creation for the inaugural Croatan Forum. 

Andrea Armeni

Transform Finance

Laura Benedict

Self-Help Ventures Fund

Sharlene Brown

Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion

Lauren Erickson

Erickson Advisors

Eric Henry

TS Designs

Jim King


Laura Lauffer

Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University

Rick Larson

Natural Capital Investment Fund

Henry McKoy

North Carolina Central University

Jessica Norwood

The Runway Project

Chris Parker

The Whiddon Parker Group, Merrill Lynch

Vicki Lee Parker

North Carolina Business Council

Matt Patsky

Trillium Asset Management, LLC

David Sand

Community Capital Management

Alison Yonas

Latino Community Credit Union

Mary Ellen Zellerbach

Martin Investments