Jessica Droste Yagan is the CEO of Impact Engine, an impact investing firm that manages venture capital and private equity funds. Jessica also serves as Managing Partner of Impact Engine Ventures. Prior to Impact Engine, she led the creation of McDonald’s Corporation’s global and U.S. sustainable sourcing strategies and worked in the field of urban economic development at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.
Jessica is currently on the boards of Metropolitan Planning Council, The Honeycomb Project, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth, the City of Chicago’s Community Catalyst Fund, ReUp Education, and Fixer. Crain’s Chicago Business named her to its list of 40-Under-40 in 2013 and she served as a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She is also extensively engaged personally in impact investing and evangelizing on behalf of the impact investing field. Jessica holds a BA from Haverford College, an MBA from Stanford University, and an MPA from Harvard University. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.