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Margaret Towle

Managing member - Yakima River Partners, LLC 

Margaret M. Towle PhD, has worked in the financial services industry in various roles for over 30 years. She is an expert in impact/ESG investing and Blockchain technology. Dr. Towle is a member of the Oxford Impact Investing Advisory Council and is editor-in-chief of the academic journal, “The Journal of Investment Consulting.” She was nominated and recognized as “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” and was selected as a delegate to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England. The Kauffman Foundation selected Dr. Towle to attend the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership as a Kaufman Fellow. She has published in the areas of finance and economics, including the book, Masters of Finance and Economics: Interviews with Some of the Greatest Minds in Investing and Economics. She frequently speaks at industry events and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg Financial.

Throughout her career, Dr. Towle has served on numerous non-profits boards. She is presently a board member of the non-profit, Think Equal. She is a founding board member of the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington, and an angel investor in 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She is a board member of the non-profit association of Plantagon International AB, a Swedish “ag-tech” firm. She previously served on IMCA’s board of directors as well as the foundation board of The American College. Dr. Towle was a participant in the “Mentoring Women in Business Programme,” as part of the U.K.-based organization, The Cherie Blair Foundation.

Dr. Towle earned BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington-Seattle, with emphasis on political economy and public finance. She attended the Oxford Impact Investment Programme, Wharton Social Finance Gender-Lens Investing Program, and completed the Executive Education Program in Risk Management at the University of Chicago.