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Angel Impact Matrix

Announces Leadership Transition

NEW YORK (March 23, 2017) — Rabia Tarkani, executive board chair of the Angel Impact Matrix (AIM), announced today that CEO Gavin Marsdale, after a successful 5-year tenure, will step down from the organization he founded half a decade ago in pursuit of new opportunities. Mr. Marsdale intends to focus on his business interests advising and investing in technology startups while dedicating more of his time to his family, which now includes a newborn daughter.

Marsdale first started AIM — a nonprofit angel network that connects social entrepreneurs with impact investors looking to make a difference in the developing world — as a project in his spare time, but soon sold his tech startup to dedicate himself full-time to scaling the organization to meet the needs of capital-starved regions across the globe. His vision has driven a mission furthered by dozens of domestic and international employees, hundreds of committed investors, and five nations of aspiring entrepreneurs taking advantage of AIM’s unique service model.

“It has been a profound privilege to grow and lead this organization to the point where it can continue to thrive without my direct involvement,” Marsdale said of his decision to move on.

“The recent launch of a new two-year strategic planning process presented the perfect moment for me to hand off the reins and focus on other priorities, secure in the knowledge that my ultimate passion project is in extraordinarily capable hands,” he added, noting he couldn’t be happier with his chosen successor, Julia Tam: “Under her leadership, AIM is poised to create even greater impact than ever before.”

Tam’s most recent work in the nonprofit sector includes The BOMA Project in northern Kenya. While there she played an instrumental role in developing the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), which replaces aid with sustainable income and helps women to graduate from extreme poverty by giving them the tools they need to start small businesses in their communities. 

“Julia’s track record of strong leadership, innovative ideas, and extensive connections with community leaders and stakeholders in emerging markets will be vital to AIM’s growth and impact in the coming years, and we’re very excited to officially bring her on board next month,” Tarkani said, upon announcing Tam’s appointment this morning.

“I am both humbled and exhilarated to be building on Gavin’s groundbreaking legacy, which I personally saw in action while based in Kenya — and it has completely transformed entire villages,” Tam said. “Supporting AIM’s next era of innovation and impact will be a true honor, as well as a personal calling. And I am thrilled beyond words at having been chosen to lead such a truly remarkable organization of dedicated and talented people.”

Tam has expressed a deep belief in the opportunities AIM has to create real change in the countries and networks it serves throughout the investor matrix, noting that she is “deeply committed to joining forces with my passionate and motivated colleagues in this time of exciting change and growth. I look forward to working with Rabia and senior management in providing leadership worthy of Gavin Marsdale’s accomplishments and I unequivocally recognize the vibrant future for our international social-impact movement.”