HWW Impact Committee

In 2014, HWW created a special committee to work closely with the HWW Board and staff to plan and execute the 2014 Impact Investing Symposium and related events and to help guide HWW’s emergence as a thought leader in the Impact Investing space. We look forward to their continued support and guidence in 2019.


photo1Drianne Benner joined Appomattox Advisory as Managing Director in 2010.  She is responsible for client and consultant service and marketing communications.  Prior to joining Appomattox, Drianne was the Director of Global Marketing for Cadogan Management, a global fund of hedge funds manager. Previously, she managed marketing and institutional consultant relations at U.S. Trust, where she assisted in the development of the multi-manager platform for the firm.  Earlier she worked for a global asset manager in a variety of roles including institutional and consultant relations to some of the largest U.S. pension funds and as a manager of portfolios in an enhanced quantitative strategy.   She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.  Drianne serves on the Board of Peconic Green Growth as well as on the Philanthropy committee of the Peconic Land Trust.


photo2Moya Connelly is an impact investment professional with extensive experience in microfinance investing and investment funds.   Moya was one of the founders of MicroVest in 2002.  She has served as the chief financial officer of a capital management company, an investment officer (lending and equity), and a member of the Board of various microfinance organizations (MFIs and NGOs).   Most recently, she developed several funds for the European market and managed a large microfinance fund.  She has volunteered on several microfinance consulting projects for High Water Women.  Moya has an MBA from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Smith College.  She is currently the Treasurer and a Board member of Seed Capital Development Fund, a microfinance NGO.


Leadership of the Young Women's Council

The YWC was created in 2010 to recruit young women who are passionate about philanthropy into High Water Women.  The YWC plans events (intellectual, cultural, social and service-oriented) that would appeal to a younger generation of professional women to introduce more women to HWW volunteer opportunities and cultivate the future leadership of the organization.

Catherine WrightCatherine Wright is an analyst in the Financial Services Strategy & Solutions practice at Gartland and Mellina Group (GMG), a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in the financial services industry. In her role, she supports a team that both strategically advises and executes projects to achieve the client’s target operating model. Prior to GMG, Catherine was an Associate Financial Analyst on the Business Planning team at Moody’s Corporation where she assisted in managing the global business workflow for Moody’s sovereign line of business and operations in Canada and Latin America. Catherine earned her B.S. in Finance with a concentration in Marketing from Lehigh University.

Outside of work, Catherine is a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York and a councilwoman on the Young Women’s Council of High Water Women. Given her strong belief in the mission, Catherine is thrilled to support the Board of Directors of High Water Women with its operations and fundraising.

Aimee XuAimee Xu is an associate at Goode Partners, a consumer-focused private equity fund based in New York City. In this role, Aimee is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities in the retail, restaurant and branded consumer product sectors and monitoring the fund’s restaurant portfolio companies. Prior to Goode, Aimee was an analyst in the Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan where she advised clients on mergers and acquisition and raised debt and equity funding. Aimee earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is excited to join High Water Women’s Young Women’s Council and to contribute meaningfully to the organization’s mission.

Jacklyn Young HeadshotJacklyn Young is an audit manager at KPMG in the financial services division. She specializes in the private equity and alternative investment management space. At KPMG, she is a National Instructor for firm-wide trainings and is also involved in recruiting. Jacklyn earned her B.S. in Accounting from Creighton University. She is excited to be part of High Water Women’s Young Women’s Council and aid the organization in pursuing its mission.