Barrons 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance

Green Century Funds President Named to Prestigious Barron’s List

Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Funds, was named to Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance, joining the ranks of prominent women including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other notable names in finance.

Samuelrich has been an articulate and powerful voice in promoting environmentally and sustainable investing for the past 10 years at the helm of Green Century Funds. She and others have taken diverse paths into positions of prominence on Barron’s fourth annual list

From innovators to change agents, she joins financial leaders at the Federal Reserve, the International Money Fund, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, and other senior leadership positions in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Samuelrich is one of a few women honored on the list to work in the responsible investing field. The list of women, all based in the U.S., is chosen by a panel of Barron’s writers and editors and is based on external and internal nominations, according to Barron’s

“I am truly honored to be chosen to join these influential and groundbreaking women in finance,” she said. “At Green Century Funds, we help individuals genuinely align their investments with their values by keeping their money out of environmentally harmful industries such as fossil fuels, tobacco, and factory farming. We also flex our power as shareholders and successfully get companies to cut carbon footprints, plastic pollution, deforestation, and other environmentally harmful practices. We work with about 100 companies each year to bring about change and hold them accountable.”

After majoring in economics at Boston College, Samuelrich gained more than 25 years of experience in corporate engagement and environmental and public health advocacy. Her comments have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Barron’s, Morningstar, the New York Times, and many other outlets. She was named to InsideClimate News’ inaugural list of Climate Action 30 in 2022 and recently completed her second term on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF).

She has attracted attention for her ability to take strong positions and educate the public and financial advisors about greenwashing, ESG criteria, divestment, engagement, and other practices. 

The Green Century Funds have experienced 341 percent growth under her leadership and her efforts advance its goal of aligning people’s investments with their values.

The Green Century Funds are one of the pioneers of fossil fuel free mutual funds with about $1 billion in managed assets. Green Century Capital Management is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds and is owned by nine Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), nonprofits that advocate for environmental and public health issues. This unique ownership structure means that every dollar Green Century earns managing its Funds can support those nonprofit organizations and their critical work to protect the environment and public health and enact positive public policy.   

An investment strategy that incorporates environmental, social and governance criteria may result in lower or higher returns than an investment strategy that does not include such criteria. 



°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are one of the first families of fossil fuel-free, environmentally responsible mutual funds. Green Century hosts an award-winning and in-house shareholder advocacy program and is a mutual fund company in the U.S. wholly owned by environmental and public health nonprofit organizations.

You should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. To obtain a Prospectus that contains this and other information about the Funds please visit , email , or call 1-800-934-7336. Please read the Prospectus carefully before investing.

Stocks will fluctuate in response to factors that may affect a single company, industry, sector, country, region or the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market. Foreign securities are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, regional economic and political conditions, differences in accounting methods, and other unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers. Bonds are subject to a variety of risks including interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.

This information has been prepared from sources believed reliable. The views expressed are as the date of this writing and are those of the Advisor to the Funds.

The Green Century Funds are distributed by UMB Distribution Services, LLC. 235 W Galena Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212. 

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