Margaret Gifford is an impact sector builder, working with purpose-driven clients that include Fortune 10, startups, and nonprofits. She has over 20 years of experience in global brand marketing and communications, including investor relations and crisis. Prior to One World Associates, Margaret founded Watervine Impact, an independent impact investing advisory firm that helps clients undertake impact investment or become investment-ready, focusing on the areas of health, food, and technology.
Before Watervine, Margaret managed the West Coast and New York corporate and crisis teams for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. She started her career in high tech, and led CEO communications and key corporate brand initiatives for HP ($45B) and the high tech mobile startup Openwave ($500MM), where she managed communications and marketing teams focused on advancing mobile technology, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Margaret is currently on the board of Opportunity South Carolina, a nonprofit Opportunity Zone fund dedicated to addressing economic disparities and is active with Community Food Funders of New York. She is also the founder of Farmer Foodshare, an award-winning public health organization in North Carolina.
Margaret holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Furman University, a master’s degree in international political economy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has executive certification in marketing from Columbia University. Margaret speaks and writes on topics related to collaborative capital, and how public-private partnerships can advance equitable community development. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Stanford Social Impact Review, North Carolina Public Television, ImpactAlpha/Locavesting, and others.
Margaret enjoys competitive sailing and divides her time between the Bay Area, New York and South Carolina.
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