Steve Godeke, Senior Advisor


Steve Godeke is a Wealth & Giving Forum Senior Advisor. He is also founder and CEO of Godeke Consulting, working with foundations, corporations, and non-profit organizations to integrate their investment and philanthropic goals.  

Godeke Consulting helps foundations, endowments, families and investment managers drive positive change. Since 2001, Steven has worked to source, structure and execute impact investment strategies across a range of sectors and to connect his clients to the best partners and resources. He leads independent searches for impact investing advisors and works with investment managers and funds to deepen the environmental and social impact of their offerings. His clients have included the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Robin Hood, Voqal, F.B. Heron Foundation, K.L. Felicitas Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, The Conference Board, The Social Investment, Deutsche Bank, Thornburg Investment Management and the

National Community World Economic Forum and investment management firms such as Domini Investment Fund.

Steven has led in the education of the next generation of impact investors. He is an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he teaches Investing for Environmental and Social Impact and at the Center for Global Affairs where he teaches a course in Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship. Steven has also been at the forefront of knowledge building for the impact investing industry through several groundbreaking publications. He is the author of Building A Healthy and Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape (2012); Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation (2009) and Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees (2008). Prior to establishing his own firm, Steven worked for twelve years in corporate and project finance with Deutsche Bank where he structured debt and equity products and advised corporate clients in the natural resources, telecommunications, media and real estate industries.

Steven is a trustee and chairs the finance committee of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a private foundation with a long history of integrating its investments and social justice mission. Steven is also on the board of the Jackson Square Alliance and is a Core Team Member of the West Village CSA. Steven grew up on a family farm in Southern Indiana and attended Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in German. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne and earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University.