Sarah Baynes Shinn


Sarah Baynes Shinn believes in empowering, supporting, and mobilizing
people to create sustainable and equitable impact in our
communities. Purpose-driven and data-informed, she works to align mission, governance, policy, procedures, and processes to consistently drive intended outcomes and support organizational culture. She brings a wealth of leadership experience from diverse sectors, including corporate philanthropy, non-profit, and higher education. 

As a current senior strategic advisor for corporate and community-based
foundations, Sarah provides leadership on all aspects of the organization-
from philosophical frameworks to implementation strategy for the
philanthropic mission. Sarah has also served as the President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho, where she honed her skills in executive leadership, board governance, major gift fundraising, and mission delivery. Before her work in philanthropy, she dedicated more than 15 years to higher education administration in roles related to institutional strategy, program development, and stakeholder stewardship.

Sarah earned an M.S. degree in counseling from Eastern Michigan University and draws from counseling frameworks to align organizations more intentionally to value and support the human experience.

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

Jason Buchanan, MD

Partner & Chief Medical Officer

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Ash Sharma

Director ESG and Corporate Sustainability

Zyrine Dave Geraldez

Executive Assistant

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Peter Fusaro

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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