Jeffrey Shafer, 47, is the Chief Executive Officer for CommmonGood Capital and CommonGood Securities. CommonGood Securities is a boutique impact investment firm that has invested more than $40 million in impact and values-aligned private investments across affordable/workforce housing, mobile home communities, emerging market private credit, climate smart forestry, and US private credit. Mr. Shafer has more than 25 years of experience – primarily in Senior Executive roles – in the financial services industry. Prior to launching CommonGood, he was Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Team with Trilinc Global, a leading emerging markets impact investor that has financed more than $1.3 billion in term loans and trade finance facilities since 2013. Mr. Shafer spent the bulk of his career with CNL – a leading alternative asset manager based in Orlando, Florida. During his tenure with CNL, he was President of Capital Markets, and the teams he led raised more than $9 billion of capital for investments in real estate, private equity, and private credit. He also sat on the Operating Committee for CNL’s multibillion asset management business. During his 19 years at CNL he was part of forming and launching eight public non-traded REITs, multiple private placements, and a nontraded BDC in partnership with leading investment managers such as CBRE, KKR, and Macquarie. Jeff was a leader in an industry that expanded annual capital raise from $500 million annually to over $20billion.
He earned a BA in Psychology and Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in1996. He subsequently earned an MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College and holds the Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant designations as well as the FINRA series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses. Mr. Shafer currently serves as the Chair of Elevation Scholar Foundation, as a member of the Wheaton College Advisory Board, and as a member of the National Christian Foundation Advisory Board. He and his family are based in Orlando, Florida.