Denise Hearn is an advisor, writer, and project catalyzer who works with asset owners, institutional investors and organizations who want to use their resources to support a more equitable future.


She is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project and a thought partner to SheEO and The Criterion Institute. Denise is Board Chair of The Predistribution Initiative which aims to improve investment structures and practices to address systemic risks like inequality and climate change.


Denise is co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition — named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018 and endorsed by two Nobel Prize winning economists. Her writing has been featured in publications such as: The Financial Times, Quartz, The Globe and Mail, and The Washington PostShe has presented to audiences around the world on competition policy, macroeconomics, and new economic thinking at venues including: the Oxford Union, The International Women's Forum, and the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club. 

She helped launch the First Principles Forum, a convening to support technology company founders and early employees in their thinking about philanthropy and impact investing — now housed at Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. 

Denise has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business School, where she co-chaired the Social Impact Oxford Business Network, and has a BA in International Studies from Baylor University. She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband, and nudibranchs are her favorite sea creature. 


  • emergence and complexity science

  • funding systems change

  • non-extractive economic models

  • power dynamics (anti-monopoly)

  • liminality — the space between 

  • democratized financial models

  • bioinspiration from small things: mycelium, moss, diatoms etc.


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