John is currently engaged with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he serves as the liaison in linking the Foundation’s Impact Investments effort with its climate initiative. Balbach brings more than twenty years of diverse experience across the nonprofit sector, large corporations, early-stage ventures and public-private partnerships to this role. Prior to MacArthur, he was integral to Silicon Valley Bank establishing a strong Seattle presence, and he led the financial effort that closed on both $23 million in venture capital and the eventual acquisition for Seattle-based software company Viathan Corporation.
Balbach has served on a National Science Foundation commercialization review committee, managed and raised just under $5 million for an Impact Investing Fund focused on developing the Michigan life sciences sector, advised an industry leading corporation on infusing cleantech solutions into its supply chain, provided consulting services to leading nonprofit organizations with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and served as a strategic advisor to hundreds of technology-based startup ventures through a Michigan economic development program. Balbach holds a B.S in Finance from Miami (Ohio) University, an M.A. from St. John’s College, and an M.P.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.