John Duong

Founder & CEO

John launched Kind Capital to drive scalable sustainable impact profitably. He was formerly the Managing Director and Founder of Lumina Impact Ventures, the $50M impact investing arm of Lumina Foundation focused on education technology investments. Previously he was Program & Portfolio Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, managing a $110M+ MRI and PRI investments portfolio across funds and direct investments, and making grants to further the field of impact investing. John started his career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in various roles including M&A advisory, credit risk analysis, equity research, capital structure optimization and corporate finance in both debt and equity products. He has extensive for-profit and nonprofit board experience including Cell-Ed, Upswing, BrightHive, EduNav, Credly, Global Communities, Vitas Group and AAPIP.  John earned his BA degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University and holds an Executive MBA, with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship, from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Kauffman Fellow. Born in Cambodia, John immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. He and his parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge concentration camp and were sponsored to the United States by the Catholic Sisters of St. Francis in La Crosse, WI where he grew up.

Mission-Driven Executive Team

Diverse in experience, united in mission. The Kind Capital team brings 100+ years of combined experience across industries and leadership roles, authentically mission-driven to leverage our skills to catalyze positive sustainable impact while driving financial returns for our partners & investors. We have experience working with early stage companies through large Fortune 500 conglomerates across the full spectrum of asset classes, including structuring program-related investments (PRI), mission-related investments (MRI), social impact bonds (SIB) and income share agreements (ISA).

John Duong

Founder & CEO

Dr Jason Buchanan

Venture Partner and SWOT Team

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Grace M. Kataoka

Partner, Impact and ESG Investing Research and Advisory

Ash Sharma

Director, Sustainable Investments and Corporate Responsibility

Jenna Fuentes

Community Engagement Manager

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Karen Tay

Meredith Finn

Senior Workers of Talent (SWOT)

Joy Profet

Superpower: COO & Comms

Ray Wilburn

Superpower: Finance & Compliance

Keith Aikens

Superpower: Comms, Racial Equity

Marissa Lowman

Superpower: Product & Innovation

Isaac Segal

Superpower: EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Management

Lucia Weathers

Superpower: Strategic Comms

Maria Del Toro

Superpower: Philanthropic Fundraising, Strategy, & Management

Jocelyn Sargent

Superpower: Philanthropy, Racial Equity/EDI, Leadership
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