Renegade Capital

Making Data a Dynamic Investment Tool for Decarceration, feat. Tanay Tatum-Edwards, FreeCap Financial, Inc

December 12, 2023 Andrea Longton, Ebony Perkins, & Leah Fremouw Season 3 Episode 6
Renegade Capital
Making Data a Dynamic Investment Tool for Decarceration, feat. Tanay Tatum-Edwards, FreeCap Financial, Inc
Show Notes

S3 Ep6 | The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with almost 2.2 million people in prison, and 1 in 7 Americans have an immediate family member incarcerated for more than a year. And yet the prison-industrial complex remains a robust, well-funded system. The right data gives us not only a picture of the dire state of incarceration, but a powerful tool to invest in social change. In this episode, Tanay Tatum-Edwards, Founder & CEO of FreeCap Financial, shares how social justice-informed financial data can help investors take real action against mass incarceration.

About Tanay.
Tanay Tatum-Edwards is the founder and CEO of FreeCap Financial, Inc, a research company that provides investors and money managers with intelligent, social-justice oriented data to equip individuals and collectives with the tools they need to enact positive change in this world. Before FreeCap, she developed a lifelong commitment to using investment strategies to create systemic social change while working in asset management. Tanay has multiple loved ones impacted by mass incarceration and is committed to using her expertise to address it. Prestigious fellowships have supported her work, including Echoing Green, Fulbright, Halcyon Incubator, and Roddenberry Foundation.

Tanay regularly shares insights from FreeCap’s research at events, including SOCAP, Confluence Philanthropy, Stanford University, Vassar College, Tufts University, Georgetown University, and Yale University. Her thought leadership has been spotlighted in major news outlets, including MarketWatch. A foodie, NBA fan, and lover of hip-hop, Tanay received an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where her classmates elected her commencement speaker, and a B.A. in Africana Studies & Sociology from Vassar College, where she served as student body president.

Renegade Capital Tools & Tips.

A renegade not only listens but acts. We've consolidated a few tips from this episode to help you use your investments to fight mass incarceration. 

  • Check if your investments are incarceration-free. As You Sow has a great resource to see if your 401k or personal portfolio is prison-free. You can also share this resource with your advisor and ask questions about other ways to decarcerate your investments. They also have some great suggestions as part of the Prison-Free Action Toolkit. 
  • Join the Waitlist for FreeCap’s Free Prison Risk Index. FREE is an index that makes it possible to invest in companies who lead in fair chance hiring and disrupt the prison industrial complex. The index will be made up of FreeCap’s highest rated companies and will be the first of its kind to incorporate a companies’ fair chance hiring practices and prison risk mitigation efforts. Join the waitlist 

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