In late 2021, Michelle Buckley, CFA, CAIA, joined Boston Common’s ESG-integrated Investment Team, bringing renewed focus to the U.S. Core Equity strategy, the first strategy launched in BCAM’s nascent days as an ESG investor in 2003. A key member of the U.S. portfolio management team and the firm’s global consumer discretionary analyst, Michelle leads Boston Common’s Multi-Asset Solutions business.
Michelle’s work in recent years – including her tenure at BCAM thus far – has been guided by her drive to strengthen connections between capital markets and communities. She considers an understanding of ESG criteria as fundamental to quality investing and believes attention to ESG-related behavior can improve the inclusivity of global capital markets. Her vision and enthusiasm as well as her unique combination of sharp focus, independent thinking, and playful curiosity have made an indelible impact on the organization in just a few months’ time.
CEO Ally McDonald remarked, “As a firm we continue to feel a deep sense of urgency about our work and our mission to activate capital in service of people and planet. Michelle’s investment insight and expertise and her experience working with asset owners and multi-asset clients will further strengthen our investment strategies and our capacity to evaluate and attract multi-asset class opportunities. We are thrilled that Michelle has joined our team.”
Prior to joining Boston Common, Michelle amassed a formidable track record, including a four-year stretch as the Chief Investment Officer for Baldwin Brothers, an ESG-integrated multi-family office, where she was the architect of the firm’s U.S. equity strategies and asset allocation framework. Earlier in her career, she was the senior Consumer Discretionary sector analyst for Ameriprise’s RiverSource Investments (now Columbia Threadneedle).
A graduate of Princeton University, Michelle conducted graduate research at the Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin. She is a member of the Boston Economic Club and Boston Women’s Leadership Council and serves on the finance and steering committees for the SouthCoast Community Foundation (New Bedford, MA) and The Sage School (Foxborough, MA), respectively.