Michael Lent, CIO
Michael is a founding principal and the CIO of Veris Wealth Partners. For 20 years, he’s been delivering financial planning and investment consulting services to high-net-worth families, family offices, and foundations. Michael has been recognized by the Calvert Foundation for his advocacy of blended-value community investing and is regularly cited by major media outlets such as AP and Reuters on matters pertaining to sustainable investing. Prior to Veris, he co-founded the New York office of Progressive Asset Management, the first full-service broker/dealer to focus on socially responsible investing.
Earlier in his career, while working on economic development issues in Central America, Michael realized that, for his work to achieve its full impact, he and his colleagues would need sustained access to new financial resources. So he began to focus his efforts on outreach, educating others who also recognized the important link between capital and social change. He now helps others use their resources to achieve personal financial goals while having a positive impact on the world around them.
Michael is the Treasurer and a Trustee of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, which was established in 1925 and is committed to building leadership and organizing capacity among young people in communities of color, empowering them to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, an association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. In addition, Michael is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), which sets standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession. He received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2002. Michael also has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.