Robynn Steffen

Director, Impact Investing

Robynn co-leads Omidyar Network’s work to accelerate the global impact investing industry through investments, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships. In this role, she frequently advises high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and foundations on impact investing. She also serves on the board of Toniic and as a board observer to The ImPact and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). 

Prior to joining the firm, Robynn spent six years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led efforts to advance the Administration’s global development goals through emerging market impact investments.  She led the launch of Beyond the Grid under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, mobilizing 27 private sector partners to invest over $1 billion in distributed energy solutions across Africa.  She also worked closely with USAID, OPIC, the U.S. Treasury, and State Department to increase emerging market entrepreneurs’ access to early-stage risk capital, scale digital financial services, and accelerate the Administration’s use of incentive prizes. 

Prior to the White House, Robynn served as deputy chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group and as the first Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines - raising seed funds, recruiting its first staff, and leading its advocacy to expand global access to university-developed medicines. Robynn has also worked on the ground in India, South Africa, and Tanzania, including leading a 35-member team to conduct a household survey on water access across the slums of Mumbai.

Robynn received her J.D. from Yale Law School and holds a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Yale University.

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