Jim Baek (pronounced: “beck”) is a Senior Vice President at LOCUS Impact Investing and leads the Community Investment Guarantee Pool (CIGP) as its Executive Director. CIGP is a first-of-its-kind platform and fund that enables impact-aligned guarantors including philanthropy to unlock their balance sheets by pooling resources and sharing risk in financial guarantees that catalyze greater investment in structurally underserved or excluded communities with a focus on climate change, small business and affordable housing. Prior to joining LOCUS/CIGP, Jim headed Deutsche Bank’s US community development lending & investing efforts and served as its CRA officer. Jim has substantial community development finance, affordable housing, and impact investment experience and is committed to advancing racial equity thru his work.
Jim lives in Brooklyn, NY with his spouse and two daughters. In his spare time, Jim enjoys being in nature, playing soccer with his kids, and training/supporting their recently adopted dog. Jim was born in Korea and moved to Chicago when he was 6 years old and grew up in the Chicagoland area. He is a board member of IMPACCT Brooklyn and graduated from Grinnell College (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA).