Ms. Y. Elaine Rasmussen is a CEO of Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG). Driven by the mission to mainstream impact investing and democratizing access to capital by and for women and communities of color, SISG designs community-centered strategies for philanthropists, nonprofits, foundations, investors and social entrepreneurs for positive, sustainable social impact. Elaine has extensive experience in building cultural competency and facilitating transformational relationships in a wide range of sectors: for-profit, philanthropy, government, Native and non-Native nonprofit organizations. Ms. Rasmussen has a proven track record of strategic positioning, creative communications, combined with an innate ability to develop strong relationships internally and with community partners for win-win outcomes and shared sense of purpose. She has been recognized for her innovation in driving impact & organizational effectiveness. Elaine has worked for large and small organizations such as Shearson/Lehman Bros., Native Americans in Philanthropy, Warner Bros!, Dreamworks and the US State Department, but also with social enterprise ventures. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and international business, as well as a masters in conflict analysis and resolution. Check out her upcoming online trainings, blog and podcast on www.socialimpactnow.com. Follow her twitter @SISG_.
Her current passion project is designing a pilot program which allows community to invest and raise capital, for local entrepreneurs, with returns on investment; but unlike crowdfunding, this program will drive a wealth-building consciousness and community self-determination.