About. Leslie Christian, CFA, investment advisor for integrated capital
Leslie Christian has been a leader and innovator in social and environmental investing for more than 20 years. Leslie is currently focused on the development of Integrated Capital, a new foundation and framework for portfolio management that accounts for the global risks of our time as well as the personal vision, values and aspirations of each client.
Leslie’s career in finance began at Washington Mutual, Crocker National Bank, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. She then moved to Wall Street, working in the emerging market of fixed income derivatives at the New York office of Salomon Brothers. After more than 15 years in the industry, Leslie realized there was something crucial missing from mainstream finance, and became passionate about using finance for the benefit of all stakeholders, including employees, the community, and the environment.
Leslie joined Portfolio 21 Investments in 1995 and served as its President and CEO until 2012. During this time, she co-founded the Portfolio 21 mutual fund, one of the first public-equity funds based on long-term ecological risks and opportunities, as well as Upstream 21, a uniquely-chartered regional holding company for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Leslie was also an early pioneer in addressing women’s issues in corporate America, co-founding the Women’s Equity Mutual Fund, which is now a part of Pax World.
Today, through Leslie E. Christian, LLC, Leslie offers consulting and portfolio advisory services to individuals and institutions seeking an integrated capital approach. Leslie also serves as Integrated Capital Specialist at NorthStar Asset Management in Boston, and as Senior Advisor at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco. She is a Board member and treasurer for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Leslie is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Seattle, WA with her spouse Heather Andersen.