Institute for Sustainable Investing
Advisory Board Member - Andrei Cherny
CEO & Co-Founder Aspiration
Andrei Cherny is a long-time businessman, entrepreneur, changemaker and thought leader in sustainable banking, investing and financial services. Mr. Cherny is Co-Founder and CEO of Aspiration, a financial services firm dedicated to bringing fair, sustainable banking and investment products that help its customers both “Do Well” and “Do Good.” Aspiration was founded upon the mission to revolutionize financial services in multiple ways: by allowing its customers to pay what they think is fair; committing to donate 10 cents of every dollar of earnings to charity; helping its customers bank, spend, and invest sustainably; and bringing high-quality financial products to all individuals. Aspiration is a certified B Corp. Headquartered in Marina del Rey, CA, Aspiration has nearly a million signups and has received more than $100 million in backing from investors including Allen & Company, the Omidyar Network, Alpha Edison, Social Impact Finance, Joseph Sanberg, Jeff Skoll, Orlando Bloom and Doc Rivers.
In addition to co-founding Aspiration, Mr. Cherny has spent nearly twenty years working to make the financial system more sustainable and ESG-friendly. He combines a background as an advisor to some of America’s top companies, the co-founder and president of a media start-up, a financial fraud prosecutor, an historian, a White House aide, a Navy reserve officer, and a nationally recognized economic policy expert. Mr. Cherny has provided strategic counsel to companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, and Bank of America.
Mr. Cherny launched and grew Democracy Journal to one of the most widely read idea journals in America. There, he worked with Elizabeth Warren to help start the successful launch of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A former Clinton White House aide, he was the youngest White House speechwriter in American history. His 2000 book, The Next Deal, showed how business and government would be transformed by people’s demands for more and better choices. He is also the author of The Candy Bombers.
Mr. Cherny is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley law school.