Former President, Pacific Community Ventures
Beth Sirull is a mission-driven, pragmatic leader who was President of Pacific Community Ventures from 2009 — 2015, during which time team she was awarded the Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award. She was also named to Forbes’ list of 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and to the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Most Influential Women in Business in 2013. Beth is continuing her service to PCV by joining our Advisory Council from 2017 forward.
As PCV’s President, Beth oversaw all of our nonprofit programs. Beth joined PCV in 2005 to launch our InSight social impact assessment and public policy program. Under her leadership, InSight developed nationally recognized social return metrics and grew to measure the social and economic impacts of more than $1 billion in investments in small businesses in underserved markets. Since becoming Executive Director in 2009, Beth grew PCV’s net assets by nearly one-third, from $3.2 million to $4.3 million, garnered new funding sources, and secured one of just 20 Small Business Administration Intermediary Lending Pilot awards to launch PCV’s new small business loan fund, which was the first loan fund in the country to fully integrate loan capital with highly customized business assistance. As a result of her work with PCV, Forbes Magazine recently named Beth one of its “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs.”
Prior to joining PCV, Beth had an extensive private sector career in financial services and real estate. As a Principal of The Gold Marketing Group, she provided market research and strategy consulting to major corporations such as AT&T, Wachovia, New York Life, Discover Card, and Northern Trust. At First Winthrop Corporation and Boston Equity Investments, Beth led successful efforts to acquire and syndicate over $250 million in historic renovation and low-income housing tax credit real estate. As Product and Brand Manager at BayBank (now part of Bank of America), Beth managed the bank’s residential mortgage business, and, in that role, designed and oversaw delivery of First-Time Home Buyer programs and other mortgage-related efforts to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act. Beth began her career at the Real Estate Analysis Group of the US Trust Company, where she researched and wrote market assessments on commercial office, retail, multi-family residential, and hotel properties nationwide.
Beth also serves on the Board of the Tzedek Economic Development Fund, a nationwide community development investment fund, and on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Global Impact Investment Ratings System, a division of B Corporation, a leading proponent of sustainable business, and is serving on the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Beth is the author of Creating Your Life Collage: Strategies for Solving the Work/Life Dilemma (Random House, 2000) as well as a contributor to Triple Pundit, The Huffington Post and Philanthropy News. In addition, she edited and contributed to numerous Pacific Community Ventures publications. She is an accomplished public speaker, having addressed the Social Venture Network, SRI in the Rockies, Social Finance Canada, Principles for Responsible Investing Network, and the Democratic Caucus of the California State Assembly, among others. Beth has held two adjunct academic appointments, both in graduate business programs.
Beth holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, an MBA from Boston University and an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.