IC Philadelphia, Investors’ Circle first local network, launched in 2007 and leads local networks in deals done, having investied $4 million into its current portfolio of companies that have gone on to raise another $35M to fuel their growth. This local network has immersed itself into the city of Philadelphia, pioneering social entrepreneurship and impacting investing and establishing an active presence across the city. The leadership and vision of John Moore, IC Philadelphia’s outgoing president, over the past three years has made much of this possible.

Moore has been a passionate promoter of impact investing in Philadelphia. He has helped to introduce and connect IC to the broader venture community, and he has seized the opportunity to create an impact investing onramp for the philanthropic community. An active angel investor who is also a Managing Partner of Robin Hood Ventures, Moore experience and leadership raised the bar on IC’s rigor and process in Philadelphia. He set higher expectations for deal quality and investment and helped the IC team develop systems to support and connect local networks as they audaciously grew from one to six local networks in three years.

Though Moore is vehemently passionate about impact investing locally in Philadelphia, he has shared this passion well beyond his hometown, too. In addition to serving as president of IC Philadelphia, he has served on Investors’ Circle’s Board of Directors and will continue in this role. On the board, Moore brings a valuable local investor perspective that informs the overall organizational strategy. He has also worked with the team and fellow members to bridge the gap between local networks and syndicate deals.

Moore has also thoroughly supported entrepreneurs.

“John has been as strong of an advocate for Wash Cycle Laundry as he has for the Philadelphia social enterprise scene in general. In a business like laundry, it’s great to have somebody who is willing to both help us think about the big picture and to get his hands dirty. In particular, it hasn’t always been obvious about how we should finance our company as we scale; Johns been a great thought partner through each stage of our growth,”

says Gabriel Mandujano, founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based Wash Cycle Laundry.

The city of Philadelphia once dubbed themselves “the place that loves you back,” and Investors’ Circle certainly agrees with this sentiment. IC and the broader social entrepreneurship community have felt the love thanks to local leaders like Moore. Annarie Lyles, an IC member since 2013, has stepped in to the IC Philadelphia leadership role. She remarks,

“As I think about what’s next for Investors’ Circle, I’m excited to bring IC Philadelphia’s learnings to the table. Thanks to the leadership of John Moore, we’re well-positioned to inform the growth of IC’s local networks and pilot other emerging strategies.”