Mark Watson

Managing Director, Fair Food Fund

Mark Watson serves as Managing Director of the Fair Food Fund, Fair Food Network’s impact investing arm, which provides catalytic capital and business assistance grounded in Fair Food Network’s national network and program expertise.

Mark brings 30 years’ experience in finance alongside pioneering leadership in impact investing. He joins Fair Food Network from Boston Impact Initiative (BII), where he built a national reputation for its innovative work marrying financial rigor with a social impact mission supporting entrepreneurs of color in Eastern Massachusetts. He is also the founder of Keel Asset Management LLC, a financial advisory firm that provides socially responsible financial planning and investment advisory services to nonprofits and public and corporation pension plans. Mark has also been a critical partner in the development of the Fair Food Fund, where he has served on its investment committee since 2014.

Mark has experience in financial services including roles in banking and on Wall Street. He started his career as a banker at the First National Bank of Chicago, now JP Morgan, in commercial banking, corporate, and public finance. He subsequently joined the investment team and had a 20-year career including managing investment portfolios for foundations, endowments, and institutional pensions funds.

He is an advisory board member of MIT/Health Innovation Systems Inc.; chair of the Triskeles Foundation’s Asset Management Committee; board member of Institute of Educational Leadership; board president of Sustainable Cape, Inc.; and a former board member of the Social Venture Network. Mark holds an Bachelor of Science in Finance, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Master’s in Business Administration, The Booth School, University of Chicago.