Married, stepmother of two and mother of two
Current active parent in The Waldorf School community
Former board member of The Food Project, Camp Starfish
Is active traveling, meditating, running, practicing yoga, running, and skiing
Founder and managing director of a progressive investment firm
Q: JULIE, LET’S START WITH A REAL, MEATY QUESTION. WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?
A: Empowering others to engage and move their money in new ways. My goal is to bring people closer together through their investments. I believe we are healthier when we connect with one another, and we thrive when we are aligned with our community and our environment.
The primary way that I fulfill this passion is through my work. I am a co-founder and the managing director of Fresh Pond Capital, an investment advisory firm that helps clients integrate their values with their investments. Along similar lines, I have been inspired and challenged by a group called Resource Generation, which is composed of young people with access to privilege and a commitment to move resources in new ways for social change. I am also active in supporting local agriculture and children with Waltham Fields Community Farm and The Food Project.
Q: THAT’S SO COOL! AM GUESSING YOU RUN A VERY HEALTH-CONSCIOUS HOUSEHOLD AS WELL?
A: I try! I have two stepchildren and two young sons whose active pursuits and other escapades can be followed at www.finnmcveigh.blogspot.com. I love spending the day in my kitchen cooking and watching the boys play ball in the yard. I also personally enjoy yoga, a hike in the woods with my kids, or a run with my husband on the Western Greenway, which offers a bit of the wild amidst our urban-scape.
Q: THAT BLOG IS TOO FUNNY. WHAT’S THE GOOFIEST STORY YOU’VE EVER POSTED ON THERE?
A: I have to give my husband credit for the blog and the sense of humor. A recent one is a new favorite: June 5, 2014, which only requires that you know that a soccer field is also called “a pitch.” Many of the posts play on pop culture references and second meanings. Another post, “Bond” from September 17, 2012, is a classic from my stepson’s wedding. My laugh-out-loud favorite is August 22, 2009, though it’s more teasing than witty.
Q: LASTLY, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?
A: Laura Gassner Otting, a friend who used to organize a breakfast brunch for women to network with one another and who served on a board with me. I love Laura’s commitment to connecting us (women) with each other and the great things that come from introducing interesting people doing interesting work.
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