Putting Their Money Where Their Hearts Are: Money Managers Making a Difference

December 2, 2013 PJ Moore In the News

Greg Behrman’s journey has taken him down some unusual paths. In 2007 he published a book called “The Most Noble Adventure: The Story of the Marshall Plan and The Time When America Helped to Save Europe.” Behrman was the Henry Kissinger Fellow at The Aspen Institute and a Fellow at The Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard. He worked for two years at Goldman, Sachs & Co between college and grad school, and served as an active duty soldier in Afghanistan.

With these credentials propping him up Behrman is now launching a movement with a website which he is calling Nation Swell. The notion behind the move is to create a media business which has an activist agenda ready to solve America’s most pressing problems. He is planning on retaining the help of small communities and is backed by a small cadre of Goldman and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts managers.

Among Behrman’s supporters are Jonathan Smidt, partner at KKR; Scott Lebovitz, Goldman Sachs merchant banking partner; and head of credit at KKR Nat Zilkha. Using their own personal investments these men are supporting the cause of finding solutions to issues that affect all Americans, and beyond.

Seed money for Nation Swell is also coming from New Ground Ventures. This is a for-profit site which expects to benefit from corporate social responsibility funding looking for great ideas in which to invest. Behrman has also grabbed some outstanding media personalities to help in his efforts, such as Greg Romesh of Business Week. There are journalists from Time magazine who are going to bring together a list of projects in dire need of attention, such as homelessness and energy issues. General Stanley McChrystal was in attendance at an event to launch the new venture.

Greg Behrman’s journey has taken many extraordinary turns. Let us see where his latest path leads.

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