Sound Investments for a prosperous planet

Kulu Maphalala

Values-based investing focused on social justice and environmental sustainability

I am a Financial Advisor that works with my clients to invest in a way that aligns with their values and helps to create the world they wish to see. In 2021, I joined Natural Investments and Malaika Maphalala’s Hawaii-based office as her Junior Advisor. In addition to working with our clients at every step of our advising process, I manage the team’s public security investments and the firm’s annual due diligence monitoring of private community investments.

Services | Portfolio Management and Financial Planning ($500,000 minimum)

Location | Hawaii – Serving clients nationwide

Phone | 503-915-0091

I have had a strong interest in social justice and political activism since childhood, and I have pursued these issues in my personal and professional life. I attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Pomona College, where I studied international relations and politics in the Middle East and North Africa. During my academic career, I spent time in Morocco and Switzerland with the School of International Training. In Morocco, my studies focused on multicultural relations and the effect French colonialism, specifically the French language, has had on Moroccan education. In Switzerland, I focused on international nuclear policy.

After graduating, I worked in the Federal government on issues related to consumer protection, technology policy, and international relations at the U.S. Department of Justice and in the U.S. Senate. Though this was an important learning experience for me, it also highlighted the fundamental socio-political shortcomings embedded in the United States’ system. This encouraged me to meet my desire to make change at the systems level in a new way. In 2021, I decided to transition toward Social Finance and began my work with Natural Investments, as part of Malaika Maphalala’s advisory team. Since passing my Series 65 exam, I have worked alongside Malaika as her Junior Advisor, providing portfolio management and financial planning to clients across the United States.

After many years living on the West and East Coasts, I moved back to my home state of Hawaii in 2020 and currently reside on the Big Island of Hawaii with my cat Portia. I enjoy painting, exploring the great outdoors, and experiencing new places and people through travel.

Please reach out to set up an initial consultation. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on your financial journey!

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