The SILC Club

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Mission

The mission of the SILC Club is to elevate and catalyze corporate sustainability through empowering finance, accounting, legal and compliance professionals to create a stakeholder ecosystem founded on transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. The Club serves as a consortium, a platform for ongoing dialogue and a launching pad for revolutionary ideas brought forth by the Sustainability Investment Leadership Conference.

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SILC Club Officers

Matthew Levy
Benjamin Overton
Programme Officer, North America, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Feona Castro
Jeffrey Yin

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Matthew Levy

“I grew up in Mahopac, New York and ever since I was a kid I was interested in the business world. I ended up going to Lehigh University looking to enter the finance field; however, after taking my first accounting class, I realized accounting was what I really wanted to do. When I graduated in 2012, I was hired by PKF O’Connor Davies, ranked among the Top 100 accounting firms in the U.S.

The majority of my clients are not-for-profit organizations. By working regularly with these nonprofit entities, I became interested in sustainability — focusing on economic, social, and environmental responsibility. My clients not only recognize the need for sustainability, but also realize they are ultimately potential benefactors.

I am hoping to grow in my knowledge of the relevant professional standards on sustainability so that I can help my clients develop related business strategies and provide them with accounting, reporting and assurance services. Taking a proactive interest in sustainability now, while in its early stages, further contributes to the development of my career as a “trusted advisor.””

Benjamin Overton

Programme Officer, North America, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Benjamin Overton is Secretary of the SILC Club and Programme Officer for North America at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, working on TrustLaw, the Foundation’s global pro bono program. In this role, he manages TrustLaw’s network of over 500 NGOs and social enterprises across the region. Benjamin is also deeply involved in the development of TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Training series. Prior to the Foundation, Benjamin worked in a number of roles for human rights and foreign affairs NGOs. Outside of his professional positions, he is a member of the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action. Benjamin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Asian Studies, a Master’s of Public Administration and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Feona Castro

Feona Castro serves as Marketing Officer of the SILC Club and Director of Communications at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA).
In addition to spearheading marketing and communications efforts at CDVCA, she also conducts investment analysis and manages transactional activity on the CDVCA’s Central Fund and New Markets Tax Credit investments. Prior to her role in the organization, she has played an active part in the development of the social enterprise sector in the Philippines. In 2014, she co-founded an internationally recognized social enterprise, which aims to revolutionize relief operations management in disaster-stricken areas.
Ms. Castro holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and completed masters-level marketing and management courses at Universite Catholique de Lille, France.

Jeffrey Yin

Jeffrey Yin joined XO Group as General Counsel in January 2018 with nearly 20 years of experience advising a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging from emerging growth startups to large public companies. Prior, Yin served as General Counsel of The Alberleen Group and Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Medallion Financial Corp. Yin’s law firm experience includes Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, in the business and technology groups. Yin received a B.A. in Economics and Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.