Margo focuses on the nexus of entrepreneurship and social mission. She works with private and public clients to develop strategic ventures, new programs, financial models, and impact investment funds.
Prior to starting City Lights Group, Margo was a founder and the Executive Director at PeopleFund, an impact investment fund for small business and social ventures. Under her 15-year leadership, PeopleFund grew to a nationally recognized CDFI and thought leader on economic opportunity, housing, and social entrepreneurship, investing over $30 million in underserved communities.
Margo has served as an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has graduate courses on designing effective community initiatives and impact investing. Margo has written Op-Eds and published pieces on economic opportunity and entrepreneurship.
Margo has received extensive recognition for her work. Highlights include:
- Exceptional Executive Leadership Award, Austin Community Foundation
- “Profiles in Power” winner, Austin Business Journal
- Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young
- “Austinite of the Year”, Austin Under 40
A champion of innovative ideas, Margo has provided leadership on national and local boards and served as Chair of the Austin Mayor’s Task Force on Small Business.