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Zack Carpenter

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Zack Carpenter

Senior Advisor, Just Impact Advisors
Zack Carpenter

Zack leads Just Impact’s partnership development initiatives, and provides ongoing support and solutions to our network of non-profit team leaders, donors and partners. Just Impact is the only expert-led intermediary fund dedicated to ending mass incarceration in the US. Zack brings considerable experience in sourcing, conducting diligence and fundraising for early-stage venture capital investments, along with strong technical knowledge of the criminal justice system, which he developed handling over 1,000 criminal cases as a public defender. Before joining Just Impact, Zack spent five years with Bail Capital, a cannabis and psychedelic medicine-focused venture capital firm, where he was a founding member and manager. He is also a co-founder of Besito, a Los Angeles-based company making premium cannabis products. Previously, Zack served for more than 4 years as a public defender in New Orleans. Most recently, Zack helped create and launch a fellowship program that brought AM top 100 law firm, BCLP, in partnership with the non-profit Midwest Innocence Project, which works to free innocent people serving lengthy sentences throughout the Midwest. Zack was the inaugural BCLP-MIP Fellow, and gained experience both as a corporate structuring and M&A deal lawyer as well as working on complex petitions to free people from prison. He lives in St. Louis, and is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.