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Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
Before joining MCE as a portfolio manager in 2013, Tala worked in Iraq supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) as a Portfolio Monitoring Manager with the Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation. From 2008 to 2012, Tala also worked with Global Communities’ (formerly CHF International) development finance group, where she provided technical support to microfinance and SME lenders.
Prior to entering the world of microfinance, Tala was the CFO at KIPP Academy of Opportunity, part of the KIPP Foundation network. Tala has been dedicated to the social sector for most of her life; during her undergraduate studies, she worked with several non-profits, including CALPIRG and Upward Bound.
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
A native Californian, Kevin joined MCE, with his wife Laurie, in 2007 as a guarantor. Kevin is the co-chair of the Finance and Operations Committee. Kevin stepped in as the interim CFO from May 2013 through February 2014, and continues as Treasurer for MCE and serves as an advisor to the CEO.
Kevin is “mostly” retired after spending thirty years with Accenture, mainly in Europe and global management roles, as a senior managing partner. His work spanned a range of strategy, management consulting and technology. His roles with Accenture included client partner for some of the top financial services clients of Accenture, P&L responsibilities for various groups in Europe, global responsibly for Accenture’s System Integration business, as well as quality assurance and trouble-shooting for significant client contracts.
Currently, Kevin serves as a director for a number of non-profits and for profit firms. These include Sojourners, a faith based social justice group, Youth Compass, and Premiere Alliance, Additionally, Kevin is active as a hands on volunteer in his local community and as an advisor to a local and international non-profits.
Kevin and his wife Laurie are based in Northern California. They have three adult children, Sarah, Anne and Erin.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Gary joined MCE in 2014 after working as a Research Consultant for Habitat for Humanity, where he conducted fieldwork and analysis on housing microfinance programs in Latin America.
Previously, Gary spent several years in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil helping non-profit organizations to improve and expand programs in underserved communities. While completing his graduate studies, Gary also taught several courses on international development, and in 2013 received the University of California Berkeley’s Outstanding Student Instructor Award for excellence in teaching.
Earlier in his career, Gary worked at Approach Management Services, a Seattle-based risk-management consulting firm, where he guided the development and implementation of accident prevention programs and trainings. Gary continues to write and speak on low-income housing issues, international development, microfinance, and impact investing.
Prior to joining MCE in 2017, Elisabeth oversaw Global Retail Operations for Bridge International Academies, a for profit chain of low cost private schools operating in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, India and Liberia. In this role, she managed all aspects of the organization’s $1.5 million retail business unit, including product design, financial forecasting and P&L, mobile e-commerce, manufacturing, importing, inventory and warehouse management and last mile delivery.
Previously, Elisabeth was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney’s Dubai office. She has also served as a consultant in finance, operations and strategy for Sustainable Health Enterprises (Rwanda), Developing World Markets (Cambodia), Technoserve (Mozambique) and Infosys (India). Elisabeth began her career in nonprofit management in Washington DC. Elisabeth is a dual citizen of Kenya and the United States.
San Francisco, California
Managing Director and Business Development Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Senior Advisor, Business Development
A French-Italian binational, Fabrizio has lived and worked throughout Asia, America, Africa, Oceania and Europe. After a successful career in the private sector, he has decided to apply his accumulated professional expertise to the field of international development. Restless with a desire to contribute concrete solutions to poverty and driven by a passion for market-based approaches to development, Fabrizio joined MCE in 2014.
Prior to MCE, Fabrizio held key business management positions across a wide range of industries and companies sizes. He started his career in Singapore as a credit analyst for BNP Paribas, before moving to China where he contributed to the Michelin Group’s go-to-market strategy. After working in Paris for an entrepreneurial travel industry venture, he joined the Ariston Thermo Group, for which he first led large marketing teams in the Far East before managing its operations in the Iberian Peninsula. Just before MCE, Fabrizio volunteered in Côte d’Ivoire with Technoserve, a Washington D.C.-based development NGO.
New York, NY
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
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Gary has had a passion for helping people escape poverty ever since he spent a year working in Sub-Saharan Africa when he was 23. Driven by this desire, Gary joined MCE as pro bono General Counsel in 2007 and took over as President and CEO in 2010.
For almost 40 years Gary has been a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Principal at Groom Law Group, which he joined in 1981 after serving as ERISA Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. In 1987 Gary took a two-year leave of absence to serve as General Counsel to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Gary is a leading expert on issues relating to the treatment of employee benefit plans in bankruptcies, and he has represented both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases involving substantial benefit liabilities and assets. In addition, he represents a number of the nation’s largest plan sponsors, service providers, multiemployer plans, and fiduciaries in a variety of areas, including litigation, planning, and advice.
Mary Hedahl brings extensive experience working on behalf of human rights, civil liberties, social justice, the environment and the arts. Most recently, she was the Eastern Director of Major Gifts at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), overseeing the Major Gifts Department at a time of unprecedented growth. Before that, she worked as the Vice President of Development at Human Rights First and Director of Development at the New York Civil Liberties Union, dramatically increasing the funds raised at both organizations.
Earlier in her fundraising career, she worked at New York cultural institutions including Symphony Space, The Women’s Project and Theatre Development Fund. She has served on the boards of the East Harlem Block Schools and the International Theatre and Literacy Project. Mary began her professional career as an actress, dancer and writer. She is excited to unite her passion and experience with that of the MCE team and guarantors to create economic empowerment for people in the developing world. Mary has two grown sons, Joseph and Jackson, and a stepson, Tim, and lives in New York City with her husband, writer Doug Magee.
B.F.A. in Ballet and Musical Theatre, University of Utah
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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.
Communications & Development Associate
Loan and Accounts Manager
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
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 also an External Consultant at Sonen Capital and an Investor Deliverable Reviewer at Agora Partnerships. During Summer 2017, he served as an Alterna Fellow in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
B.A., English with minor in Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude
Acting, Soccer, Singing, Skiing, Reading, 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
Bob Taylor joined MCE as Pro Bono General Counsel in June 2017. In addition to this position, he is 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, cum laude
B.A., Economics, Harvard University, cum laude
“On the Syria Strikes and Future of Non-UN Humanitarian Action” – Just Security (April 18, 2017)
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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
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A distinguished board of directors with extensive business and public service experience governs MCE. All Board members are MCE Guarantors.