Executive Director, BALLE
Rodney is executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a localism movement that aims to build more equitable and sustainable communities.
Rodney’s career has focused on social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, impact investing and economic development. Most recently, he founded Invested Impact, a consulting firm and intermediary, to help individuals and institutions better invest in promising ideas and social change leaders and enterprises. The firm’s most visible project has been Ours to Own Baltimore, in partnership with Calvert Foundation and Humanim, which has raised more than $5 million in social impact investments from Baltimore investors. He also cofounded Impact Hub Baltimore, a coworking space for social entrepreneurs.
Previously, Rodney worked at BMe, a national leadership network of African-American men, and at Job Opportunities Task Force, an advocacy organization and think tank focused on workforce development issues affecting low-wealth communities.
A 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellow, Rodney is an established thought leader on impact investing, philanthropy, equity and entrepreneurship, and he spoken at SOCAP, TEDx, Council on Foundations and the Brookings Institution. He is also widely published, including a chapter in the New York Times’ bestseller Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, edited by Ben Jealous.