Our Team

MCE is a virtual organization with experienced, dynamic, and passionate staff in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and North Carolina.

MANAGEMENT

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.

 

Education

  • B.A., Economics, University of California San Diego
  • M.B.A, USC Marshall School of Business

Language

  • English and Farsi

Professional memberships

  • Women Advancing Microfinance
  • Net Impact

Other Passions

  • African drumming, yoga, hiking, karaoke

Location

Washington, D.C.

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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.

Education

  • M.A., International Economics and International Development, John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Degree in Business Administration, Kedge Business School, France.

Language

  • English, French, Spanish. Beginner in Russian.

Other Passions

  • Running, climbing, and yoga.

Location

San Francisco, California

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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.

Education

  • B.A., University of California at Davis, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.

Other Passions

  • Mountain biking, backpacking, tennis, paddle boarding. Cooking, wine, travel. Anything with his family.

Location

Northern California

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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.

Education

  • B.A., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of California Berkeley

Language

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Publications

  • “Better Loans for Better Housing: How housing microfinance and strategic value chains can help alleviate the low-income housing deficit”, NextBillion Most Influential Post of 2014 (April 14, 2014).

Other Passions

  • Music, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, yoga, surfing, teaching/coaching, spending time with family.

Location

Oakland, CA

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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.

Education

  • BA, Cornell University
  • MA, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MBA, Columbia Business School
  • Certificate: Impact Investing, Said Business School, Oxford University

Recognition

  • Garland E. Wood Scholarship, Columbia Business School

Publications

  • “Climate-Smart Business: Investment Potential in EMENA”, A.T. Kearney, International Finance Corporation (2013)

Other Passions

  • Running, Snowboarding

Location

San Francisco, California

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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.

Education

  • Master of International Public Policy, International Development, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • MSc, Management and Business Administration, HEC Paris Graduate School of Business

Language

  • English, Spanish, Chinese mandarin, French and Italian

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Board of Directors, GYIN (Global Youth Innovation Network)
  • Member, Net Impact

Other Passions

  • Photography, contemporary history, design, architecture, travel, running, alpine skiing

Location

New York, NY

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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.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Professional memberships

  • Bar and Court Admissions, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Charter Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Member, BNA Pension and Benefit Publications Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Synergos
  • Global Philanthropist Circle
  • Investment Advisory Committee for Sarona Frontier Fund
  • Steering Committee, Global Philanthropy Forum

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2005-2013)
  • The Legal 500 US, ERISA Litigation (2009-2013)
  • The Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law (2007-2013)
  • The Legal 500 US, Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits (2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation (1995-2014)
  • Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits (2008-2013)
  • Human Resource Executive Magazine, 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America (2011-2012)
  • Legal Times, Top 12 Labor and Employment Lawyers in D.C. Area
  • Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers in D.C.

Publications

Other Passions

  • Cycling, animal imitations

Location

Washington, D.C.

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Prior to joining MCE in 2013, Natasha served as Finance Director at Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise and commercial bakery providing on-the-job training to immigrant women in New York City. In 2010, Natasha founded LIFT Investments, a social enterprise focused on business development and skills training in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2010 to 2012, Natasha also worked for boutique management consulting firm ESV Strategies, where she advised nonprofits and social enterprises on their financial growth. Earlier in her career, Natasha worked at UBS Investment Bank as a financial analyst, where she focused on multi-million and billion dollar cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and equity transactions.

Natasha is a regular public speaker on launching social ventures, impact investing and social enterprise. Venues have included Columbia University, New York University, Women Advancing Microfinance and various corporate and industry conferences.

 

Education

  • Bachelors of Commerce, Queens University, School of Business
  • MPA in Economic Development, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Language

  • French (fluent), Spanish (conversational).

Professional memberships

  • Co-Chair, LIFT Investments
  • Alumni Member, The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma

Recognition

  • Cordes Fellow, The Opportunity Collaboration (2012)
  • MIT Africa Innovates Competition (top placement) (2012)
  • University of Washington Social Enterprise Competition (top placement) (2011)

Other Passions

  • Cooking, (amateur) painting, running, yoga, being outdoors and spending time with my family.

Location

North Carolina

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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.

Education

  • B.A. in Journalism, Arizona State University

Other Passions

  • Football, hockey, road trips, spending time on the lake jet skiing and sailing

Location

Northern California

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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 currently a Partnerships Intern at Agora Partnerships.

Education

B.A., English with minor in Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude

Other Passions

Acting, Soccer, Singing, Skiing, Reading, Travel

Location

Philadelphia, PA

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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.

Education

  • B.A. and M.A. in Slavic Philology, Ludwig Maximillians Universitaet, Munich, Germany
  • M.B.A., Georgetown University – ESADE

Language

  • English, Catalan, Spanish, German, and Russian.

 

Publications

Other Passions

  • Tennis, yoga, travel

Location

San Francisco, CA

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Ben began his career in 2004 as a corporate defense attorney at Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP in NYC, where for four years he helped manage multi-million dollar representations of international banks, energy companies, and individuals. In 2008, Ben started Indego Africa, an award-winning social enterprise and lifestyle brand providing more than 600 female artisan entrepreneurs in Rwanda with access to global markets and business education. After serving as Indego Africa’s General Counsel, COO, and CEO, Ben joined American Express in 2012 where, as Director of Start Up and Small Business Development, he built programs to help entrepreneurs in the U.S. scale their ventures. Ben joined MCE in 2014.

Ben regularly speaks on leadership, social entrepreneurship, international development, marketing, ethics, and law. Venues have included Harvard Business School, U.S. State Department, UN, Columbia Law School, NYU Law, NYU Stern, NYU Wagner, BU School of International Affairs, Clinton School for Public Service, Goldman Sachs, American Express, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Education

  • B.A., English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Professional memberships

  • Vice Chairman, Indego Africa
  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Bar of the State of New York
  • Association of Corporate Counsel

Recognition

  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Courier magazine’s Top 99 Under 33 Young Foreign Policy Leaders (2011)
  • 85 Broads “Guys Who Rock” (2011)
  • The Global Leaders Future Global Leader Award (2011)
  • Empire State Counsel (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011)
  • Fair Trade Federation Award for Most Positive Change in a Producer Community (2010)
  • Fair Trade Federation Photography Award (2009)

Publications

Other Passions

  • Table tennis, hiking, biking, and photography

Location

Boston, MA

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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.

Education

  • BS in Accounting from Lehman College in New York City
  • Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Hostos Community College in New York City

Language

  • Spanish and English

Other Passions

  • She, along with her teenage son, loves to dance salsa and has been in several performances.  As Jackie puts it, she’s not a soccer mom, but a “salsa mom”.
  • Loves to travel, particularly to Cuba where she has family.

Location

New York City

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A distinguished board of directors with extensive business and public service experience governs MCE. All Board members are MCE Guarantors.

Karen Ansara’s passion for global philanthropy grows out of her first-hand experience with poverty while adopting her five children. In 2008 Karen co-founded and currently chairs the Steering Committee of New England International Donors (NEID). After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Karen and her husband Jim co-founded the five-year Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation to support reconstruction and human rights in Haiti. In addition to making international grants via the Ansara Fund at the Boston Foundation, Karen serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration, and the Program Committee of The Philanthropy Workshop and the Board of Corporators of Wheelock College in Boston. She is a past trustee of Partners in Health, and of two local boards north of Boston: Essex County Community Foundation and Harborlight Community Partners (an affordable housing non-profit). Karen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School and various awards for philanthropic pursuits. Karen lives in Essex, Massachusetts. close
John Ayliffe is a Social impact investor. John is Chairman and Co-Founder of 1to4 Foundation and Founder & CEO of Swiss Idea Box. He is a Board Member of the For Foundation and Rotary Action Group for Microfinance & Community Development. John is also Co-Founder and former Board Member and CEO of Precimed. John lives in Lignières, Switzerland. close
Dan Brunner is the former CEO of Affordable Health Care Concepts. He has also served as General Counsel for the California Governor’s Office of Special Healthcare Negotiations and as the Executive Vice President at First Health Group Corp. Previously, Dan acted as Former Director of the Legislative Office at the Western Center on Law & Poverty. Dan is a Board Member of the University of California Davis Health System, Capital Public Radio, and Capital Stage. Dan lives in Sacramento, California. close
Kevin Carnahan joined MCE Social Capital as a Guarantor in 2007 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer (pro bono). Additionally, Kevin co-chairs the Finance and Operations Committee, serves on the Loan Committee, and is the Treasurer and Secretary for MCE. Kevin retired from Accenture as a Senior Managing Director, after working in a variety of management and client leadership roles. Currently, in addition to MCE, Kevin serves as a director for a number of non-profits and for-profit firms. These include Sojourners, YouthCompass, and root9B. Additionally, Kevin is active as a hands-on volunteer in his local community and as an advisor to local and international non-profits. Kevin received his B.A. with honors from the University of California Davis and was appointed to Phi Beta Kappa. Kevin and his wife, Laurie, split their time between San Anselmo and Brockway, California. close
Armeane Choksi has been integrally involved in international finance in both the private and the public sectors for over 30 years. Currently, he is Chairman and Managing Partner of Option 3 Ventures LLC, a cyber security business accelerator and investment firm. Dr. Choksi spent 22 years with the World Bank rising to the position of Vice President. During his tenure there, Dr. Choksi negotiated investment projects and economic policy changes with governments of several emerging markets in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He was integrally involved with the highest levels of government in the macroeconomic stabilization, privatization and the trade and financial reform programs for Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. After leaving the World Bank, Dr. Choksi was Founding Partner and President of two investment companies, Rubicon Capital that invested in Latin America and Hudson Fairfax Group that invested in India. Dr. Choksi has written extensively on foreign trade and economic liberalization and has been an Adjunct Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for nine years. He received the award for Alumnus of Notable Achievement from the University of Minnesota, and also serves on several governing boards and national cabinets including The Heller-Hurwicz Economic Institute at the University of Minnesota, The American Enterprise Institute, The Woodrow Wilson Center, The Levine School of Music and Collegiate Directions, Inc. Dr. Choksi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a Masters of Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota. Armeane lives in Washington, DC. close
Darlene Daggett is the Executive Director and Founder of Ikatu International, a private foundation implementing for-profit, market-driven solutions to address youth employment challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, Daggett is also the President of Multi Channel Management Group, a strategic consulting practice dedicated to the needs of multiple platform e-commerce players. Daggett began her career at QVC in the U.S. commerce division, where, as President, she was responsible for sales, strategic development, new business initiatives, and critical customer insight. Daggett has long been recognized by her peers for integrated social initiatives, including the launch and cultivation of QVC’s philanthropic program, involving both large fundraising efforts and on-the-ground fieldwork. Daggett continues her strong voice in social business ventures as a delegate at both the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Board of Overseers at the Peabody-Essex Museum and Copia Global. A mother of four and parent of six, Daggett is passionate about giving youth every opportunity to succeed. With three adopted daughters, she frequently thinks about what the future would look like for them in a social system without an integrated support structure. Given her passion for entrepreneurship and a belief that employment provides an opportunity for an independent and dignified future, she is focusing on transformational economic change, beginning in Ghana. Darlen lives in Devon, Pennsylvania. close
Jim Davidson is an early-stage investor and advisor with more than 20 years of Internet technology experience. Jim was a senior leader at AOL where he served as CTO of DigitalCity, the Internet’s first hyper-local portal, and later as VP of Web Services and Publishing, where he led teams responsible for some of the most innovative and high-scale sites on the internet including AOL.com and MapQuest. Jim has also been a leader at early-stage companies. Some of these roles have included: CTO of ShareThis.com, President of Examiner.com, and co-founder and CEO of Laborfair.com, an online marketplace for disadvantaged service providers. Jim is currently focused on early-stage impact-investing, providing capital and serving as adviser for companies that leverage technology to further their social-benefit and sustainability missions through his company PeakChange. He is also a guarantor with MicroCredit Enterprises which helps fund micro-loans around the world. Jim is currently on the boards of Hub Boulder, CauseLabs, MedClimate, Investors’ Circle, Girls for a Change, ThinkImpact, and Unleesh. Jim lives with his wife Melanie and two children in Denver, CO, and aspires to one day finish a triathlon with something more than a participation medal. Jim lives in Denver, Colorado. close
Gary Ford is an attorney, executive, and impact investor who focuses on market-driven approaches to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Gary currently serves as President, CEO and Board Chair of MCE Social Capital, an innovative nonprofit fund active in 30 countries. MCE uses philanthropic guarantees, rather than donations, to mobilize capital and generate economic opportunities for people living in the developing world. Since 2006, MCE has made over $75 million in loans to microfinance institutions and small and medium enterprises to stimulate job creation and provide people living in poverty, particularly women, access to microcredit, savings, mobile banking, education, healthcare, and insurance. Gary is a MCE Guarantor and, in connection with his impact investing, serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for Sarona Frontier Markets Fund and is on the Board of Synergos and Global Philanthropist Circle. Gary has served as ERISA Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, as General Counsel to the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and as a Principal at Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. He has consistently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America, and Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers in D.C. Gary received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Boston University. Gary likes any form of exercise that doesn’t require much skill, a good book, and the company of friends. Gary lives in Washington, DC. close
Sara Hall writes and presents nationwide on Women’s High Engagement Philanthropy and values-based personal mission. In 2007 she founded New Philanthropy Advisors to empower high net worth women and their families with information, resources, and connections to the best non-profit organizations and their founders. Her clients have become nationally-recognized thought leaders, particularly on issues related to women and girls in developing countries. Recently she has expanded her scope to include screenwriting and producing feature film as a means to engage, inspire, and promote social change. Prior to philanthropic consulting Sara published Drawn to the Rhythm (W.W. Norton & Co, 2002). She has appeared on Oprah and other nationally-syndicated television, as well as nationally-syndicated radio. Sara is an eight-time World Masters Champion in sculling (rowing) and has three adult children. She divides her time between Boston, Boulder, and coastal California. close
Cary Hart is a retired Pediatrician who practiced with Kaiser Permanente in the Sacramento area from 1982 until her retirement in 2007. She now enjoys volunteering in her community in a variety of literacy related projects at her Kaiser clinic implementing the national program, Reach Out and Read, and at Kennedy High School. She also enjoys participating in book clubs, birding, traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren. Cary lives in Sacramento, California. close
Jonathan Lewis is Founder of MCE Social Capital, Founder/President of the Opportunity Collaboration, Founder/Host of Cafe Impact and Co-Founder of Copia Global. Jonathan teaches a graduate course Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen at New York University. He is currently writing a book about social change and social entrepreneurship. Jonathan has served as the Founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, Founder/CEO of an urban real estate investment company, and Founder/Owner of a contemporary art gallery. He is also in search of the tastiest, most fun hot dog stand in the world. Jonathan lives in San Francisco, California. close
Eric McCallum is Founder/President of Arctic Wire Rope & Supply in Alaska, which in 2006, was awarded the Alaska manufacture of the year. Eric is a board and loan committee member of MCE Social Capital. He grew up near Akron, Ohio, then on to San Francisco, and Seattle with BF Goodrich before coming to Anchorage in 1981. Eric and his wife Robin Smith are active with progressive causes & non-profits. He mentors and angel invests in startup companies within Alaska, in clean technology nationally and social enterprise internationally. He attended John Carroll University and University of Akron in Ohio. Eric lives in Anchorage, Alaska. close
Justin Morales has an extensive background in investment ventures. Justin is currently a General Partner in five Oil and Gas projects in Texas and Kansas. For the past 10 years, Justin’s expertise has been focused on Real Estate. He is an owner of Keller Williams Realty in Northern Colorado consisting of three separate offices and has a large team for his own personal operations. Justin has been named by Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 50 Realtors in the US for transactions per year out of over 1 Million Realtors in 2012 & 2013. In 2011 Justin founded FundingForInventors.com, a company that provides the means for inventors to take their ideas and products to market. We fund Inventors and startups with everything from Seed Capital to funds for order fulfillment. In 2012 Justin founded Precision Capital which is a whole loan trading company. Precision Capital has bought and sold over 250 First and Second Mortgages Nationwide. Precision Capital also underwrites new loans primarily for investors needing short term capital. In 2014 Justin acquired a local Manufacturing company called Global Design and Assembly. GDA specializes in manufacturing LED lights and other RV industry parts. Justin is devoted to his family, including his wife and best friend of 17 years and their growing family. If he is not with his family, he is enjoying the beautiful outdoors all over the world as an avid hunter and fisherman. Justin lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. close
Nancy Swanson, is a founding member and the executive director of Linked Foundation, a private foundation that invests in solutions that improve the health and economic self-reliance of women in Latin America and the United States. Concomitant to her work with Linked, she served as board chair of the Eleos Foundation where she directed the foundation in investing in pioneering business solutions to eliminate poverty in the developing world. Together with her team, she guided the collaboration of Eleos into Global Partnerships as the Social Venture Fund (SVF), which invests in social enterprises in East Africa. Prior to her decade of work in impact investing, she held senior roles in the private and entrepreneurial telecommunications sector in strategic sales, marketing, and new business development. Currently, Nancy serves on the board of directors for Pro Mujer, MCE Social Capital, Social Venture Fund, Leading from Within, and the Carpinteria Children’s Project. Nancy received her M.A. in from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and her B.A. with honors from the University of California, San Diego. close
William Way is Former Managing Director, Accenture (postings in London, Tokyo and United States) and former Chief Operating Officer (pro bono), MCE Social Capital. Bill currently works with a portfolio of startup companies as a funder, board member and mentor in identifying and implementing business driven solutions to global poverty and health issues. He is focused on building scalable and sustainable business models. Bill is active in the community and is a current board member of Phoenix Art Museum (Past Chairman), Whitman College Board of Trustees (Chair Budget Committee), The Nature Conservancy, Marriot School of Business, Akili Dada, School of Life Project, the Asian Arts Council and ASU Gammage Theatre. He also serves on the advisory board of two medium sized private equity funds, board of Everyone Counts and Smead Capital, a money manager and mutual fund. Bill lives in Phoenix, Arizona. close