GIIN appoints PE exec as COO

The Global Impact Investing Network, a nonprofit organization focused on impact investing, has named Susan Balloch as its new chief operating officer. Previously, Balloch was a managing director at Golden Seeds, an angel group that backs women-led companies. And before that, she worked at Blackstone where she served as an executive director and principal.


The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has appointed Susan Balloch as its new chief operating officer. Ms. Balloch comes to the GIIN with more than a decade of private equity experience and approximately five years as a managing director at an angel investment group.

Ms. Balloch was most recently a managing director with Golden Seeds, one of the largest angel groups in the U.S., which invests in women-led companies. With Golden Seeds, she helped review and evaluate investment opportunities and was a member of the group that recommends companies to present to investors.

Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Ms. Balloch served as an executive director and principal with The Blackstone Group, where she was a member of the deal review committee and managed projects and staffing. Before Blackstone she specialized in fundraising and investor relations for Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. She previously served as the Co-COO of Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Group and as a managing director in investment banking with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

In the five years since its inception, the GIIN has raised awareness for the emerging field of impact investing and established unparalleled credibility in the market by building a network of investors and leaders, producing essential market research, establishing industry standards, and making resources available to advance the industry. Ms. Balloch’s appointment demonstrates the progress that impact investing has made in attracting interest and talent from the world of private equity.

About the GIIN
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit