Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
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Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
Managing Director and Chief Business Development Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Originally from Marseille, France, Pierre joined MCE in 2010 as Portfolio Manager and was promoted to Director of Portfolio Management in 2013. Prior to MCE, Pierre worked with the Grassroots Business Fund and IFC/World Bank as an Investment Officer based out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His responsibilities included deal sourcing, investing in social ventures and technical assistance programming. Pierre also spent time in Africa working with a microfinance bank in Rwanda. Before shifting to a career in international development, Pierre was a lead finance consultant for Hewlett-Packard, working on large IT outsourcing transactions in Europe and the U.S.
San Francisco, California
Elisabeth Chasia joined MCE as a Portfolio Manager in 2017. In her role, she focuses on debt investments in microfinance institutions and small and growing businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to MCE, Elisabeth was based in Nairobi at Bridge International Academies, a for profit chain of low-cost private schools, where she oversaw Global Retail Operations through the company’s international expansion from Kenya to Uganda, Nigeria, India and Liberia.
Earlier in her career, Elisabeth was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney’s Dubai office. Elisabeth has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Cornell University.
San Francisco, California
Catherine joined MCE in September 2017 and has spent the majority of her career in the fields of philanthropy and impact investing. Most recently, she was the Senior Manager, Client Engagement at RSF Social Finance. During her 6-year tenure, she managed their donor advised fund program, helped lead the strategy for investor/donor cultivation and stewardship, managed and grew one of RSF’s pooled PRI funds, and led a successful fundraising campaign for a program focused on deploying multiple forms of capital in support of sustainable food systems.
Earlier in her career, she worked with and advised public charities, private foundations and philanthropists in her previous roles at the Tides Foundation, SunTrust Bank, and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. She received her B.S. in Business from Georgia Tech in Atlanta and currently lives with her husband Paul and son Paxton in San Francisco.
B.S. in Business with minor in Accounting, Georgia Institute of Technology
Planning travel experiences, arm wrestling, Southern food, cats, and exploring different playgrounds with her husband and toddler
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A French-Spanish binational, Renaud is a graduate from the French business school Neoma BS where he specialized in financial analysis. At the same time, he also passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience.
Renaud started his career by working in several European countries for the Corporate Coverage of BNP Paribas and as a Private Debt Analyst for Natixis AM in Paris. Afterwards, he decided to apply his financial skills in the field of international development and joined MCE as a Portfolio Analyst in 2018.
As a student and as a professional, Renaud was also involved in microfinance, and carried out several missions for well-known NGOs like Oikos International, Oxfam or ADIE (French association for microfinance).
Degree in Business Administration, Neoma Business School, France.
English, French, and Spanish.
Triathlon, Soccer, Catan
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Gary Ford currently serves as President and CEO of MCE. He is an attorney, executive, and impact investor who focuses on market-driven approaches to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
A lawyer, Gary has served as ERISA Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, General Counsel to the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and Managing Principal of Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C.
Gary serves as a member of the executive committee of the board of the Synergos Institute. He is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle and the Investment Advisory Committee for the Sarona Frontier Markets Fund.
Gary likes any form of exercise that doesn’t require much skill, a good book, and the company of friends. He lives with his wife, Nancy Ebb, in Bethesda, Maryland, within hailing distance of their sons, Mike and Dan. After years of living abroad and away, Mike and Dan have returned to the DC area to benefit from Gary’s awesome, unsolicited advice.
Administrative and Compliance Assistant
Senior Business Development Manager
Carolyn grew up moving frequently between the United States, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. Prior to MCE, she was a joint-degree MBA and MA in International Studies candidate at the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Co-President of the Wharton Social Impact Club and conducted research on gender lens investing, private sector development in post-conflict states, and emerging markets impact investing. Her most memorable experiences during school included a 2-month immersion in 8 countries across 4 continents, trips to Latin America and the Middle East to learn about local sociopolitical and business environments, and on the ground research in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe for her thesis. During her graduate school summer, she was an Impact Investment Summer Associate at AV Ventures in Accra, Ghana.
Before business school, Carolyn was a management consultant on the Strategy & Operations team at Deloitte Consulting in Hong Kong. She worked on strategy and operational projects in industries such as education, healthcare, financial services, consumer goods and supply chain across multiple geographies. She also has previous experiences in private equity and investment banking.
MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in International Studies (Global Program), The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in International Studies, Psychology, Spanish, Johns Hopkins University
Study abroad, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Spanish, French
“Fostering Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa Through Social Enterprise”, The Lauder Global Business Insight Report 2017: Change on a Global Scale, Knowledge@Wharton
Photography, travel, hiking, music, reading, volleyball, basketball
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Tracie Hudgins joined MCE as the Operations Manager in 2008 and is also currently the Director of Registrations with Opportunity Collaboration. Prior to joining MCE, Tracie was the Executive Assistant for B&J Smith Associates. Tracie is also the former Executive Assistant for iNation and the former Executive Assistant for VistaCare. Before joining VistaCare, she was an Executive Assistant for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl from 1998 to 2003.
Vanessa has been the lead administrator for political campaigns, event planning, start-up companies, and business executives. She is extremely gifted at helping start-up and small businesses grow to the next level and has an incredible ability to help in various departments and take them to the next level as well. Her knowledge in sales, customer service, and operations allows for her to see where all the pieces connect, what can be improved, and how to implement changes. Over the past 20 years, Vanessa has developed an arsenal of knowledge in operations, strategy, project management, marketing and sales from her previous experience as executive assistant to several small businesses. She has assisted and lead in the development, organization, and launch of websites, sales portals, inventory tracking, and customer service procedures and has worked for various non-profits in the US for over 14 years. She was born and raised in Colorado but prefers the ocean and rain.
Vanessa enjoys cooking and discovering new recipes. She and her children enjoy traveling, road trips, volunteering and inventing desserts. She also enjoys a nice glass of wine and runs Netflix and Hulu marathons regularly.
Originally from California, Christina has lived and worked in Mexico, Cambodia, Spain and the US, across the fields of consulting, investor relations and business development. Prior to her time at MCE, she worked as Agora Partnership’s Head of Investor Relations and Financial Innovation in Mexico City, providing capital advisory services to social enterprises in Latin America, and supporting impact investors to get connected with pipeline opportunities, facilitating over USD $92M in capital raise and designing new funding programs.
She also formerly ran partnership engagement at both the Center for Social Impact Learning (for their Frontier Market Scouts program) and the Central Coast Children’s Foundation in Monterey, California. She began her career in management consulting at IOS Partners, a boutique consulting firm focusing on economic advisory services in emerging markets, and working in grassroots NGOs across Cambodia and Latin America.
MBA, Social Enterprise + Finance ’17 (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
BA, Linguistics ’11 (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Study Abroad Year ‘10 (Universitat de Barcelona)
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese
Spicy food, traveling around Latin America and spending time with her dog, Canela!
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Marcia joined MCE as Controller during the summer of 2019. Previously, she spent over twenty years working primarily in controllership roles within the commercial real estate and financial services industries in Denver, CO. Most recently, she served as Controller for the Gart Brothers real estate division and Consumer Capital Partners, the asset management company for the founder of Quiznos.
Previously, Marcia was Controller for the financial services company, Trust Company of America, now a subsidiary of ETrade and earlier in her career, she lead the accounting activities for retail developers and brokers in the Denver market including Crosbie Real Estate Group and SullivanHayes Brokerage.
B.S. in Accounting, Regis University
Certified Public Accountant
Experiencing nature, exploring the outdoors with her son, learning and
playing with creative projects.
Fort Collins, CO
Impact Analyst and Communications Associate
Portfolio Director - Microfinance
Prior to MCE, Harrison was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and a minor in Hispanic Studies. He first discovered his professional interest in international development through the Penn Global Impact Collaborative, through which he led a pro-bono consulting partnership with an NGO in South Sudan focused on literacy and educational development among women and children.
He is passionate about finding innovative solutions to both economic and environmental issues, and believes that social entrepreneurship is crucial to sustainable development. Outside of his interest in international development, Harrison has been an actor, singer, skier, and soccer player for most of his life. He has family across the U.S., France, and Singapore, and always enjoys traveling to new places. In addition to his position at MCE, Harrison is a Consultant for Sonen Capital LLC. He has also served as an Investor Deliverable Reviewer at Agora Partnerships and a Fellow at Alterna Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
B.A., English with minor in Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude
Acting, Soccer, Singing, Skiing, Reading, Photography, Travel
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Originally from the island of Menorca, Spain, Elena has lived and worked in Switzerland, Germany, and Russia. Prior to joining MCE in 2013, Elena was an Associate Director at Sonen Capital, where she focused on business development, industry research, and supporting the firm’s investment process.
Prior to Sonen Capital, Elena worked as a Research Consultant for the Springcreek Foundation and as a guest teacher at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, where she taught classes on microcredit and social enterprises and conducted fieldwork in Bolivia. Previously, Elena served as a Collateral Asset Manager at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, conducting collateral review of the member banks and credit unions. Earlier in her career, she worked as the VP of Operations and Senior Loan Underwriter for a boutique real estate broker.
San Francisco, CA
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Maria has been working in the field of financial inclusion since 2011. She initially joined Oikocredit International in the Netherlands as credit analyst, promoting later to Caucasus portfolio manager, where she provided and managed debt financing to selected microfinance institutions. In 2014, she joined Enclude as inclusive finance consultant, where she conducted assignments in the fields of MSME finance, agriculture finance, water and sanitation and entrepreneurship. Since mid-2016 Maria is back in Spain, where she worked as freelance consultant in the fields of financial inclusion and entrepreneurship, for a wide variety of NGOs, impact investment funds and development agencies; in countries such as Pakistan, Mexico, Côte d´Ivoire, Senegal and Benin. In Spain, she has been collaborating with Stone Soup Consulting on impact evaluations and benchmark studies; she is also one of Oportunitas Foundation´s advisor, the first grassroots social microfinance institution in Spain. Before shifting to a career in the social sector, Maria worked as marketing trainee and sales assistant for PepsiCo and G-Star.
B.A. and Master in Business Administration by ESADE Business School in Barcelona, including exchange program in Warrington College of Business in University of Florida
Spanish, English, French, Catalan and Dutch
“Closing the Gap – Côte d’Ivoire”, research on The Missing Middle in Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa Region, The Dutch Good Growth Fund / Enclude
“Almost grown: where now for impact investment” (November 2017)
Yoga, swimming, (beach)volleyball, sailing,… and (very basic) surfing! Cheese, good wine and a well-documented historical novel make my day
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Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Fernando has been working in the financial sector since 2013. Prior to joining MCE in 2019, Fernando conducted agribusiness investment recommendations at UK based impact fund GSCM. Additionally, he worked for almost six years at the HSBC Latin America Investment Banking team in New York City and Mexico City, where he executed M&A and Equity Capital Markets transactions throughout the region. Fernando started his career in the FP&A team at GE Capital Mexico.
Fernando also had the opportunity to work with Mayan rural communities in Southeast Mexico. He delivered financial restructuring consulting services to Capeltic and Chab Nichim, a group of social entrepreneurships engaged in the production and processing of coffee and honey.
M.S. in Public Policy and Management, King’s Business School, King’s College London.
B.S. in Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Spanish, English. Beginner in Portuguese.
Football, cycling, travelling, architecture, street art and photography.
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Robert S. Taylor re-joined MCE’s team as General Counsel in September 2018. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Spring and Fall Semesters 2017. Up to January 20, 2017, he served as Principal Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense. He was appointed to that position in April 2009 by Secretary Gates, to serve under then-General Counsel Jeh Johnson. In that position, subject to the overall direction of the General Counsel, Mr. Taylor provided oversight, guidance, and direction regarding legal advice on all matters within or affecting the Department of Defense, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, and the Defense Agencies. Legal issues within his purview included questions concerning the use of force, intelligence collection, cyber security and operations, acquisition, personnel, military justice, fiscal matters, and environmental compliance. He has received the Department’s highest civilian award six times over the course of his career.
In addition to his service as Principal Deputy, Mr. Taylor served as the Acting General Counsel of DoD for two extended periods, totaling almost two years. During those periods, he was the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense.
Mr. Taylor’s prior federal service includes his appointment in 1995 as the Deputy General Counsel (Environment and Installations) for the Department of Defense. In this position, he worked closely with the Military Departments and with other federal agencies, and provided guidance to the Department’s leadership on all major environmental and installations-related matters, including implementation of base closure and realignment matters. Mr. Taylor continued in this position through the end of 2001.
In 2002, Mr. Taylor returned to the private practice of law, most recently with the firm of Bingham, McCutchen. His practice dealt with such important issues as global climate change, and the siting of energy facilities. Mr. Taylor served as a member of a Defense Science Board group on an energy strategy for the Department of Defense during 2006-2007.
Mr. Taylor graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Taylor clerked for Judge Francis Van Dusen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then began his career in private practice with the firm of Leva, Hawes, Symington, Martin & Oppenheimer, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Taylor was a founding lawyer with the firm of Swidler, Berlin and Strelow in 1982, where he specialized in environmental law.
In addition to Harvard Law School, Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Harvard College. He is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar, and the bars of various Courts of Appeals and of the Supreme Court of the United States.
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A. Harvard College
Loan and Accounts Manager
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Jackie has over 12 years of experience in non-profit finance, both in the Accounting and Human Resource departments of organizations. Jackie joined MCE in 2014 as Staff Accountant. Prior to joining MCE in 2014, Jackie held the position of Senior Bookkeeper at Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise and commercial bakery providing on-the-job training to immigrant women in New York City. Prior to her work at Hot Bread Kitchen, Jackie worked at several non-profit organizations including The Art Students League of NY, The East Harlem Tutorial Program, and Casita Maria Senior Center in the positions of Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Accountant and Human Resource Manager.
New York City
Prior to joining MCE in June 2017, Wendy was an EPM solution strategy and implementation consultant. Wendy spent 7 years in non-profit financial management and operations as the Director of Finance at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and CFO of the Tug McGraw Foundation.
Earlier in her career, Wendy was the Sr. Vice President at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) where she oversaw the loan portfolio and economic development lending to businesses and non-profits throughout Philadelphia. She began her career as a financial advisor to state and local governments, specializing in the structuring and sale of municipal debt and pooled bond financing programs.
She served as the Treasurer of the Financial and Technical Assistance Center in Philadelphia and was a regular guest speaker at the University of Pennsylvania on Urban Economic Development Financing Strategies.
M.P.A., Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
B.A., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Governor Appointed Board of Director, CO Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund
Hiking, Skiing, Baseball, Reading, and Spending time with family and friends
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