Columbia Bizcast: Kesha Cash ’10

"I really do feel like my purpose here is to figure out how to give more people access to upward mobility."

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Growing up in a low-income household in Orange County had a big impact on the life work of Kesha Cash '10; she recalls using food stamps to buy groceries and scavenging for spare change from the couch cushions to make ends meet.

Fast-forward to Columbia Business School, where she concentrated on social impact investing: upon graduating, she founded the minority-focused initiative Jalia Ventures, and then in 2013 she founded the lower-income-focused Impact America Fund, where she is currently the general partner. 

“I really do feel like my purpose here is to figure out how to give more people access to upward mobility,” says Cash, who was named by Essence magazine in 2017 as one of 50 Black Women Founders to Watch.

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