CEO and FounderCompany: Whistle Stop Capital
Role: Session Presenter
2022 Conference Session:
Why Investors Care About DEI: Investment Stewardship and Social Activism
In 2017, Meredith Benton founded Whistle Stop Capital, LLC, a consultancy focused on increasing the expression of social and environmental best practice in investment portfolios. She has directed the impact investment parameters of more than $2 billion in assets, led numerous successful shareholder engagement programs, and conducted extensive analyses of corporate human rights and environmental practices.
Meredith has worked across asset classes and developed investment strategies for funds seeking to incorporate environmental and social themes into their existing investment approaches. Her leadership of shareholder advocacy initiatives has included building investor coalitions, facilitating corporate dialogues, drafting shareholder resolutions, soliciting proxy support, and benchmarking best practices. Her clients have included institutional investors, asset managers, advisors, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals.
Her prior positions include director and head of Client Relations at Sonen Capital, vice president at Boston Common Management, and the associate director of Social Research at Walden Asset Management. Meredith also led contract negotiations for Amtrak with the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, was a fellow at the Sarah Dodds Enterprise Accelerator, and has been awarded a Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance.
Meredith was twice elected by her industry peers to the board of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. She teaches a capstone course on business and ethics at San Francisco State University, and obtained her BS at Oberlin College and her MBA at INSEAD.