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Steve Godeke

BA 1984, School of Languages and Cultures - German
BS 1984, Krannert
MPA 1988, Harvard

Principal, Godeke Consulting, New York, NY

Steven Godeke is an independent impact investment advisor who works with foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations to integrate their philanthropic and investment goals.  Based on the desire to link his financial expertise and public policy experience, he founded Godeke Consulting in 2001.  Steven advises his clients on the creation and execution of impact investment strategies across asset classes and program areas. 

Steven has been at the forefront of the impact investing industry and has contributed to the field through several groundbreaking publications.  Steven is author of Building A Healthy and Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market:  The Investor Landscape (2012); Solutions for Impact Investors:  From Strategy to Implementation (2009) and Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees (2008).  Steven is an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he currently teaches Investing for Environmental and Social Impact and at the Center for Global Affairs where he teaches a course in Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Steven worked for twelve years in corporate and project finance with Deutsche Bank where he structured debt and equity products and advised corporate clients in the natural resources, telecommunications, media and real estate industries. 

Steven grew up on a family farm in Southern Indiana and attended Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in German.  He studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne and earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University.  

Steve currently lives in New York City.