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September 2, 2011

Trillium Asset Management Hires SRI Veteran Paul Hilton

Trillium Asset Management is pleased to announce that Paul Hilton, CFA, has joined the firm as a portfolio manager. Paul has been involved in sustainable and responsible investing for over 15 years, working on both the investment and sustainability research and advocacy sides.

“We’re delighted to have Paul join Trillium. His long history as an innovator in the field of SRI augments the deep talent already in place at Trillium,” commented Trillium CEO Matt Patsky.  Paul has worked with Trillium staff over the years on various projects, including the co-founding of SIRAN (Social Investment Research Analyst Network, a national group of analysts working to promote dialogue with companies about corporate responsibility). “Everyone looks forward to having him on the Trillium team,” Matt said.

Paul joins us at a very exciting time, as we are experiencing significant growth in institutional and individual assets in the past year. Our strong performance record and shareholder advocacy victories have been generating increasing demand for our services. “Having another experienced portfolio manager allows us to effectively manage this growth,” he added.

Paul told Investing for a Better World, “I am very excited to join the outstanding team of socially responsible investment (SRI) professionals at Trillium, to help further build the brand and expand our footprint into new channels. I also look forward to leveraging my experience integrating environment, social, and governance (ESG) research with financial analysis to continue to build strong portfolios for clients. Trillium is at the forefront of ESG integration, and I am thrilled to be a key member in helping to chart this evolving course.”

Prior to joining Trillium, Paul was a vice president for sustainable investment business strategy at Calvert Investments, leading SRI product and business development, with a particular focus on the institutional and international arenas. He also previously held senior positions within Calvert’s Equities and Marketing Departments. Prior to Calvert, Paul was a portfolio manager for SRI at The Dreyfus Corporation. At Dreyfus he was responsible for social research and advocacy for the Dreyfus Premier Third Century Fund and its variable annuity counterpart, the Dreyfus Socially Responsible Growth Fund. He also served as a research analyst in the Social Awareness Investment program at Smith Barney Asset Management, then a division of Citigroup. Paul started his career in the field as an analyst with the Council on Economic Priorities, a nonprofit known for the influential consumer guidebook Shopping for a Better World.

Paul is a former treasurer of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and a former co-chair of its Asset Management Working Group. In addition, Paul serves on the board of the Social Investment Forum. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he holds master’s degrees in anthropology and education from New York University and Roberts Wesleyan College, respectively.

Paul is a frequent commentator on SRI to the financial media. He was co-project lead on the influential UNEP-FI report of the Asset Management Working Group, Fiduciary Responsibility – Legal and Practical Aspects of Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into Institutional Investment.

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