Bright Impact


Bright Impact

Opportunity Zone solutions for investors, communities and businesses.

Bright Impact combines investment and management expertise with an integrated suite of products and services focused specifically on Opportunity Zones. We help investors, fund managers and communities understand how best to leverage Opportunity Zones and gain better insight into the returns and impacts of their investments.

Meet our team

Donna Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Donna Lewis Mackenzie is co-founder and CEO of Bright Impact. From 2016 to 2020, Donna has served as Executive Director of StarterStudio, a business incubator and accelerator program for technology startups. Donna has been involved in numerous startups guiding them through idea stage, to initial angel investment, to venture capital series investments. She has been involved in more than $90M in startup and early growth investments.

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David Brim, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder

David Brim is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Bright Impact. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in marketing, David is the only two-time winner of the school’s Joust Business Plan Competition. He has founded numerous businesses in Central Florida across industries such as marketing, technology (SaaS & online directories), real estate, and private lending.  Since 2010, David has consulted over 1,000 second stage companies through Economic Gardening, an entrepreneurial approach to economic development focused on growing communities from within.

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Paul Saint-Pierre, Chief Compliance Director

Paul Saint-Pierre serves as Chief Compliance Director of Bright Impact. He is also the principal advisor of PSP Advisors.
Paul’s professional experience features a consistent theme of alternative investment strategies, including: strategic advisory services, investment analysis, placement, and secondary-market transactions of various investment funds: and active principal in the design, creation and investment management of institutional quality, SEC-registered investment companies and business development companies. This includes their subsequent launch through retail, RIA and mass-affluent investor channels.
Paul has held senior executive positions including: chief financial officer of corporate divisions, investment companies and business development companies; registered representative of registered investment advisors featuring alternative investment strategies; investment banker for real estate-related businesses; US REIT-sector investment analyst; registered principal of broker-dealer firm that facilitated secondary-market transactions of securities issued by private-equity real estate funds; portfolio manager and research director of a global real estate securities investment program; and principal advisor to institutional investors regarding real estate investment strategies.
He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, (Berkeley) Graduate School of Business in 1981.

Peter Wright, Chief Technology Officer

Peter is Bright Impact’s launch CTO. London born, he has more than 30 years experience in software development as developer, solution architect, and leader.
Peter’s skill and expertise have taken him all over the world to working with some of the biggest and most recognizable brands today including American Express, Credit Suisse, Accenture, and Avanade. He led the charge into the social media phenomenon developing and launching the world’s first social media marketing platforms PayPerPost.com and SocialSpark.com transforming their owner, Izea, from a small startup into a publicly traded company in 2011. Most recently he lead the development of Modernmeal.com, a revolutionary meal planning and nutritional analysis platform for personal chefs and health coaches.
Peter has written more than a dozen books on software development, selling in excess of half a million copies worldwide. He is a recognized expert in Agile software development techniques, as well as web and mobile application development and is a regular guest speaker at industry events.

Clayton Louis Ferrara, Director of Impact

Clayton Louis Ferrara is Director of Impact for Bright Impact. He is also the Executive Director of the United Nations Accredited NGO, IDEAS For Us. A native of Chile, Clay is a classically trained biologist and world traveler who has conducted research on five continents concerning evolution, conservation, and ecology. His work as leader of IDEAS focuses on advancing sustainability through the creation of solutions that help people, heal the planet, and grow prosperity in communities around the world. He serves on the boards of numerous environmental and humanitarian nonprofits. By his early 30’s, he had successfully helped launch more than 30 nonprofit organizations as the CEO of Protégé Nonprofit Solutions.
Clay is a member of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s GreenWorks task force, Development Advisory Board for Orange County Florida, and the Central Florida Advisory Board to U.S Rep Stephanie Murphy. He is also, a frequent lecturer at leading academic institutions, as well as United Nations, World Bank, and IMF events.

Michael McLeod, Director of Product Design

At Bright Impact, Michael serves as Product Design Lead. With a background in education, research design, and music – Michael is passionate about combining intuitive designs with stunning aesthetics to maximize usability heuristics. A former English teacher, Michael earned a Bachelor’s in English Literature at the University of Central Florida. Believing intuitive design to be the result of creativity and sound research, Michael utilizes his education and wide-ranging experience to inform his design process to shape digital products into experiences that solve meaningful problems.
He has applied his knowledge of UX design to several industries, writing on industry trends for such clients as Tomahawk Robotics, Music Ed Audio, and B+tB Salon. A Certified Scrum Master, he thrives on collaboration.