Pivotal Ventures

Finsbury Glover Hering has picked up Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company launched by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the US.

The WPP unit will focus on issues related to caregiving, paid family and medical leave.

Kirkland, WA-based Pivotal last month announced ten finalists in its “Equity Can’t Wait Challenge,” a competition designed to expand the power and influence of women in the US by 2030.

The Challenge, which received more than 550 proposals, this summer will award $10M each to the three top projects and distribute $10M among the other seven finalists.

Pivotal, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and MacKenzie Scott, novelist and former wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, fund the Challenge.

FGH has Carolyn Gluck, who was senior policy advisor to Sen. Harry Reid; Kerry O’Brien, legislative director for Congressman Bill Keating; Lindsay Plack, legislative correspondent for Rep. Joe Knollenberg; and Mina Moore, senior policy advisor to Rep. Adam Smith, representing Pivotal.