Cornerstone Opens Washington DC Office, Adds Strategic Policy Expert

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Growing interest in civic entrepreneurship drives expansion of financial services provider

Robert D. Lamb, PhD, Cornerstone Capital Group

We believe that investors can benefit from combining the insights of the policy-making community with the pragmatic solutions offered by the capital markets. - John Wilson, Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement and Research.

Cornerstone Capital Group, a leading financial services firm, has named Dr. Robert D. Lamb as Director of Strategic Policy Research, and will open a new office in Washington, DC, effective March 21st.

“Given the critical nature of civic entrepreneurship in the capital markets, Cornerstone is pleased to expand our footprint to include Washington DC,” said Erika Karp, CEO and Founder of Cornerstone Capital Group. “Our firm is built upon organic growth and this new office allows us to continue that trajectory while achieving our societal mission of investment and corporate advisory work to drive ‘impact at scale.’ In pursuing the discipline of finance as a force for good, Bob represents an extraordinary resource for Cornerstone and our clients.”

Dr. Lamb is a strategist, policy adviser, public speaker and collaborator with a twenty-year record of studying the hidden knowledge that affects strategic-level success in organizations and societies, from social dynamics in war zones to intangible factors in business relationships.

“We are excited to establish our presence in Washington, which will allow us to add a rich heritage of strategic policy perspectives to our investment research capabilities,” said John Wilson, Cornerstone’s Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement and Research. “We believe that investors can benefit from combining the insights of the policy-making community with the pragmatic solutions offered by the capital markets.”

“I haven’t come across anyone better positioned than Cornerstone to move many billions of dollars into businesses that represent the best of capitalism – accountable, well-governed companies that treat their employees, customers, suppliers, and communities with dignity,” said Dr. Lamb. “After two years on its Global Advisory Council, I’m excited Cornerstone has asked me to play a more direct role in keeping its clients informed about global trends in strategic issues such as sustainability, civic engagement and innovation, among others.”

With more than 50 publication credits and more than 100 speaking engagements in the past five years, Dr. Lamb is nearing the end of his visiting research professorship at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, where he has worked to improve U.S. and international policy in fragile and conflict environments. A former business and finance journalist, Dr. Lamb is also a nonresident scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he once directed the conflict program, and at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, where he earned a PhD in policy studies from the School of Public Policy in an interdisciplinary program combining economics, security, and ethics.

In his consulting work, Lamb has focused on strategic positioning, stakeholder relations, analysis of intangibles and policy effectiveness. His consultancy, RD Lamb LLC, is partnered with the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) for impact feasibility analysis (using Lamb’s Imp-Act™ method), and is partnered with Ethelo Decisions, a company offering group wisdom technology, for collective decision making and stakeholder engagement.

Cornerstone’s new office will be located at 740 15th Street N.W., Washington DC, (aka the historic Union Trust Co. building) that is also home to the New America Foundation, a public policy institution.

The company’s main corporate and administrative offices remain in New York, with additional members of its investment advisory and consulting groups based in Denver and São Paolo, Brazil.

About Cornerstone Capital Group
Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for organizations around the world engaged in sustainable business practices. Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with organizations including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards a more regenerative and inclusive form of capitalism.

Cornerstone Capital Inc. is certified as a women owned business and is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Securities offered through Strategic Marketing Solutions Ltd., LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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