BA ’90 cum laude, Wellesley College; Head of sustainable investing, portfolio manager of the Putnam Sustainable Future Fund and the Putnam Sustainable Leaders Fund, Putnam Investments
Katherine Collins is deeply engaged in sustainable investing that benefits our communities and our planet. This commitment led her to leave a career she loved at Fidelity Investments to study philosophy, ethics, and theology at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) before returning to her field with new insights.
Fascinated by the concept of biomimicry—regenerative design based on natural systems—Collins founded Honeybee Capital while earning her HDS degree. Honeybee’s research focused on sustainability, with a business model that reinvested all profits via charitable giving.
Now the head of sustainable investing at Putnam Investments, Collins leads research and strategy on environmental, social, and governance issues, and is portfolio manager for two public equity portfolios. She published The Nature of Investing and has spoken widely on sustainable and impact investing, including talks at Harvard classes, executive education programs, and conferences.
Collins has traveled to over 20 countries as a pilgrim and volunteer, devoting her time to many organizations, including the HDS Dean’s Council and board leadership with Last Mile Health, Santa Fe Institute, Omega Institute, and Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.
"The work of our time is to reconnect the separate silos we’ve created. In higher education, the concept of community extends beyond any one group, school, or campus, and the financial model has the potential to be brought into more complete alignment with mission. I am eager to connect more deeply with the Harvard community to consider our opportunities to contribute to one another and to the wider world."