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Ross Baird

Ross Baird

Ross Baird helped create the Capital Access Lab initiative as an innovator-in-residence in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Read Baird’s full bio >

Brendan Cosgrove

Brendan Cosgrove

Brendan Cosgrove is an investment director at the Capital Access Lab, where he leads the investment due diligence, strategy development, and deal sourcing. Cosgrove has been a member of the CAL team since its inception at the beginning of 2019. Read Cosgrove’s full bio >

Agnes Dasewicz

Agnes Dasewicz

Agnes Dasewicz has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and impact investing, including launching a new impact investing fund and starting investment initiatives for the U.S. government and the World Bank Group. Read Dasewicz’s full bio >

Philip Gaskin

Philip Gaskin

As vice president of Entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation, Philip Gaskin is responsible for leading the entrepreneurship portfolio, which includes grantmaking, operating programs, convening, research, and policy. Read Gaskin’s full bio >

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray is the chief investment officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She leads the team that oversees the Kauffman Foundation’s globally diversified $2 billion portfolio. Read Murray’s full bio >

John Tyler

John Tyler

As general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief ethics officer for the Kauffman Foundation, John Tyler understands, develops, and translates theory into practice while complying with the law across the Foundation’s program areas, administration, and Investments. Read Tyler’s full bio >


Ross Baird

Ross Baird helped create the Capital Access Lab initiative as an innovator-in-residence in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Baird is founder and CEO of Blueprint Local, a venture that helps people invest in their communities, and co-founder of Village Capital, a venture capital firm that has been a pioneer in supporting entrepreneurs worldwide. He is author of the best-selling book The Innovation Blind Spot.

He has a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.


Brendan Cosgrove

Brendan Cosgrove is an investment director at the Capital Access Lab, where he leads the investment due diligence, strategy development, and deal sourcing. Cosgrove has been a member of the Capital Access Lab team from its inception at the beginning of 2019.

Prior to joining Capital Access Lab, Cosgrove worked as an associate investment director at global investment firm Cambridge Associates helping a wide range of institutional clients build and evaluate their private investment portfolios. He also co-founded the Resource Efficiency Group and conducted due diligence on venture capital and private equity funds focused on addressing sustainability challenges as a member of the Impact Investing Research team.

Cosgrove earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics and geology from Colby College.


Agnes Dasewicz

Agnes Dasewicz is a lead for Capital Access Lab and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the Funding Committee of Convergence Blended Finance as well as the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) Board of Directors. Dasewicz has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and impact investing, including launching a new impact investing fund and starting investment initiatives for the U.S. government and the World Bank Group.

Prior to joining the Capital Access Lab team, Dasewicz was a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she worked to bring private investment to underserved communities in the U.S.  As part of this work, she developed new capital models where private and public resources are combined to support local businesses and create economic growth in impoverished neighborhoods. 

Dasewicz started her work in finance in the 1990s, when she was part of the founding team of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), now one of the leading global investment fund managers focused on small businesses. She now sits on the SEAF Board of Directors. Subsequently, she worked as an investment officer for the first large private equity fund in Eastern Europe, AIG’s New Europe Fund, and as a manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She was also the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a $60 million impact investing fund that provides sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid.

As director at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dasewicz was behind some of the most significant accomplishments in development finance – the launch of Power Africa and the establishment of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise at USAID. She secured over $20 billion in private investment commitments towards energy investment in Africa and brought over $800 million from U.S. institutional investors to infrastructure funds on the continent.