Consultant Relations

Jem Hudson

Vice President
Director of Engagement

Jem, vice president, is Breckinridge’s director of engagement. She is a member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. In her role, Jem is primarily responsible for helping strengthen Breckinridge’s ESG and sustainability-related dialogue with a range of key stakeholders including issuers, clients, industry peers, and thought leaders. To this end, Jem leads Breckinridge’s issuer engagement efforts, develops thought leadership including our ESG Newsletter, and collaborates with various departments across the firm in order to bolster our sustainability-related efforts. She joined the firm in January 2016 and has over 11 years of financial services and sustainability experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Jem was the CEO of Caldy Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm she founded to advise financial institutions seeking to expand their presence in sustainable investing. Before Caldy Group, Jem was a researcher with Professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School, where she was the lead researcher in the areas of competitive strategy, competitiveness of nations and creating shared value. Jem started her career as an analyst in Deutsche Bank's investment banking division. She serves as vice president of the Wharton School’s Social Impact Alumni Group and a senior alumni advisor to the Harvard College Impact Investing Group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Indego Africa and an active participant in the High Meadows Institute’s Path to Value initiative. Jem holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, Jem was one of the founding members and later president of the Wharton Impact Investing Partners.

On what brought her to Breckinridge…

“What drew me to Breckinridge was the way the company approaches sustainability and ESG integration. It’s not just a product. It’s a deeply held investment philosophy that comes from the very top. This strong conviction in the investment case for sustainability is what really sets Breckinridge apart.

On her goals…

“Every day I strive to help us strengthen our position as a leader within the broader sustainable and impact investing space. I have a creative mind, and I enjoy thinking of new and fresh ideas for us to consider and implement. I also strive to stay connected with other leaders in the sustainable and impact investing space in order to maintain dialogue about important areas of innovation and opportunity. This commitment to innovation and leadership in the sustainable and impact investing space underpins all I do.

On the difference between good and exceptional…

“I think exceptional work is about vision and conviction. It is about passion, commitment and hard work. It is about not settling for anything less. Striving for excellence is ultimately about feeling like it is on you to make sure that exceptional output happens, versus waiting for someone else or some other time.

On innovation and ESG…

“ESG and innovation go hand in hand, as many ESG ideas are about charting a new course in investing. You need to be very thoughtful, creative and forward thinking when determining how to integrate sustainability and ESG considerations into the investment process. Being an innovator and driving the entire field forward requires courage and independent thinking – your work can never be cursory or routine.

On what she's most proud of…

“My experience at Breckinridge has been quite multifaceted and has involved several innovative ESG-related projects. I am very proud of our newly redesigned engagement process, which prioritizes questions such as the strategic significance of ESG to the issuer, the linkages between ESG factors and financial results, and the issuer’s efforts toward integrated reporting. I am also proud of our new sustainable city/county framework, which reflects inclusiveness and social progress. Lastly, I am proud of our ESG Newsletter.