Leigh Madeira is Manager of Climate Finance in CPI’s San Francisco office, where she works with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). Leigh focuses on providing support to Lab instruments post endorsement, facilitating the transition from investment concept to market reality.
Leigh joined CPI after co-founding Blue Forest Conservation and launching a climate finance instrument of her own, the “Forest Resilience Bond”. By deploying private capital to invest in healthy forests, the Forest Resilience Bond is the first-ever investment to generate more than just financial returns by monetizing the diverse benefits of forest restoration.
Before founding Blue Forest, Leigh held a variety of finance and investing roles including researching energy investment opportunities in the equity and fixed income markets at Hotchkis and Wiley Capital Management, analyzing equity investments at the shareholder activism firm Relational Investors, and working in investment banking at Credit Suisse. She also served as a Kiva Fellow in Ecuador volunteering with local microfinance institutions. Leigh’s experience with investments both large and small — from multi-billion dollar deals to $300 microloans while serving as a Kiva Fellow — makes her uniquely positioned to understand the financial needs of a diverse set of stakeholders.
Leigh earned an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, and is a CFA charterholder.