Lauren Cochran is Vice President of the Office of Equity and Investment Funds at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, America’s development bank. DFC finances solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world. At DFC, Lauren leads the team investing in private equity, venture and credit funds as well as the investments directly into companies around the world.
Prior to joining DFC, Lauren was the managing director of Blue Haven’s ventures team, where Lauren oversaw the direct ventures portfolio, focused on early stage investments in Sub Saharan Africa. During Lauren’s tenure, Blue Haven invested in 10 portfolio companies and had 4 exits. Before Blue Haven, Lauren worked for five years at Imprint Capital before the impact investment firm was acquired by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. There, she made investments across the developing world in for-profit businesses seeking to improve standards of living, create economic opportunity and better the environment while also generating a commercial financial return.
Her interest in emerging- and frontier-market startups focused on improving the lives of populations underserved by existing infrastructure dates back to her 2006-2007 tenure with the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative—analyzing healthcare infrastructure on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa and working to fill gaps in the diagnosis, care and treatment of children living with HIV/AIDS. Encountering grassroots entrepreneurship in Africa inspired Lauren to pursue a career linking social impact and private equity.
Earlier in her career she worked in commercial private equity as an analyst with Deutsche Bank’s financial sponsors group in New York and then as an associate at Diamond Castle Holdings, a private equity firm investing in energy, business and financial services and healthcare.
Lauren holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics, and earned her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.