Erin Harkless Moore

Erin Harkless Moore leads the fund and direct investment program for Pivotal Ventures, a company created by Melinda French Gates to advance social progress in the United States. With over a decade and a half of investment experience, building and managing customized portfolios for endowed institutions and family offices, Moore is responsible for identifying, investing and overseeing a diverse portfolio of investments that drive breakthrough innovations and advance women’s power and influence. On a day-to-day basis, she is deeply involved in discovering and cultivating relationships with leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and founders, a skill that has been essential to her success. She has sourced and conducted diligence on investment managers across asset classes, with a particular focus and expertise in the private markets and early-stage venture capital. Moore also serves on the Pivotal Ventures Executive Leadership Team, where she is part of the group responsible for setting org-wide priorities and approving cross-org bodies of work.

Prior to joining Pivotal, Moore spent 8 years at Cambridge Associates, most recently as a managing director. She has extensive experience developing strategies for impact and mission-aligned investments and advising on investment governance best practices and also writes and speaks frequently on the topics of investing with a social equity/gender equity lens and investing in diverse and emerging managers. Earlier in her career, she held positions at the Princeton University Investment Company, Summit Rock Advisors and Goldman Sachs. Moore received her MBA from the Harvard Business School as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow and her BSBA magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis as a John B. Ervin Scholar. She is also a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Society of Washington, DC.

Outside of work, Moore serves on the Board and Investment Committee for Builders Initiative, a family foundation dedicated to social and environmental change in pursuit of a humane and healthy planet and is an active volunteer for her alma mater, Washington University, where she currently is an at-large member of the Alumni Board of Governors. Erin is a former member of the board of the DC Public Library Foundation, where she served as treasurer and chair of the finance/investment committee. A native Texan, she resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with her husband and two children. When not chasing after her kids, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, spending time with friends, travel, reading and fiction writing.