Anderson Venture Impact Partners

Impact investments are made with the intention of generating measurable, beneficial social or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return. UCLA Anderson offers students hands-on opportunities to identify social ventures and manage capital for profit and purpose.

Anderson Venture Impact Partners (AVIP), UCLA Anderson's student-led impact investing fund, makes minority investments of at least $50,000 in early-stage ventures that have the intention of generating measuring social and/or environmental returns alongside financial returns.

Fund Overview

The Fund provides deep experiential learning opportunities for UCLA Anderson students within private markets while continuing to build partnerships with venture capital, private equity and impact investing firms. Under the guidance and mentorship of faculty, alumni, and industry practitioners, AVIP members drive the full investment lifecycle from deal sourcing and structuring to portfolio monitoring and impact measurement.

AVIP is led by second-year MBA students who serve as Vice Presidents with support from first-year students who serve as Directors.  AVIP is housed under Impact@Anderson, UCLA Anderson's social impact initiative, and is supported by faculty advisors, some of whom also serve on the Fund's Investment Committee.

The Anderson Venture Impact Partner Fund launched in spring 2017 after securing $500,000 in seed capital from a founding donor who expressed commitment and support for social impact. 

If you would like to nominate your for-profit social enterprise to be considered for the impact investing program or would like to get involved as a speaker or mentor, please contact us at and


Investment Strategy


AVIP seeks to invest in for-profit early-stage companies that are intentionally mission-oriented, and thus maintain a commitment to business initiatives generating social or environmental impact. Ventures selected for investment are expected to grow their impact alongside financial performance. The Fund intends to diversify its portfolio across the following four different thematic verticals:

EdTech & Workforce Development

Leveraging technology to increase access to affordable and quality education. Promotion of job training, credentialing and reskilling programs.


Providing access to quality care, enabling improved health outcomes and reduced cost burdens, particularly for underserved communities in the U.S.

Sustainable Resources

Increasing access to food security, and promotion of businesses and agricultural practices that benefit the environment.

Inclusive Finance

Supporting businesses that improve access to affordable housing and financing, and enable equitable economic mobility.

“AVIP funds changemakers. We invest in venture stage companies with the potential to have large scale impact tackling some of the most important issues of today while producing a positive financial return.”

Steven Buller (’19)


2018-19 AVIP Leadership Team – Bios & Org Chart


Helena Hong

Co-President, 2019

Steve Buller

Co-President, 2019

Denice Gonzalez-Kim

VP Investing, 2019

Andrew Dale

VP Investing, 2019

Takaaki Hirabayashi

VP Investing, 2019

Afzal Somani

VP Investing, 2019

Felipe Benavides

Director, 2020

Emily Bestwick

Director, 2020

Axel Cramer

Director, 2020

Gabriela Gonzalez

Director, 2020

Rochak Jain

Director, 2020

Iman Nanji

Director, 2020

Kyle Ruane

Director, 2020

Brian Sokolow

Director, 2020

Hiroyuki Tochigi

Director, 2020

Tarik Walmsley

Director, 2020


Faculty Advisors


William Cockrum

Adjunct Professor

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Bhagwan Chowdhry


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Jennifer Walske

Adjunct Professor;
Interim Faculty Director, Impact@Anderson

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Jon Funk


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In the News


2018 AVIP Investment

First Investment in An EdTech Company

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Contact Us


Open call for sourcing! Please contact

For Students

Students interested in participating in AVIP should attend the Fall information session held in early October. Read more information about education and supporting curriculum here.

For Donors

AVIP seeks to raise additional capital to support its impact investing education initiatives at UCLA Anderson. As a philanthropic evergreen fund, every dollar contributed is reinvested into the fund, and impacts experiential learning opportunities for subsequent classes of Anderson students. Please contact Bhavna Sivanand, Executive Director, Impact@Anderson for more information.

For Partners

Individuals or business entities - angel investors, accelerators, incubators, venture capital firms - interested in working with Anderson Venture Impact Partners are encouraged to get in contact with us.

For Enterprises

If you think your social enterprise may be a fit for Anderson Venture Impact Partners, please reach out to us.