Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze

97 Talbot Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Impact investing, solidarity economy, community finance, systems thinking


  • Master of Business Admin, Harvard Business School, USA, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College, USA, 1992


Deborah Frieze is a professor, author, entrepreneur and activist. She teaches impact investing at Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. In 2013, she founded the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund working to close the racial wealth divide in Eastern Massachusetts. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author (with Margaret Wheatley) of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA.