Our Team

MCE is a virtual organization with experienced, dynamic, and passionate staff in San Francisco, Barcelona, Washington, D.C., Denver, and Philadelphia.

MANAGEMENT

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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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.

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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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.

Education

B.S. in Business with minor in Accounting, Georgia Institute of Technology

Language

English

Other Passions

Planning travel experiences, arm wrestling, Southern food, cats, and exploring different playgrounds with her husband and toddler

Location

San Francisco, California

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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).

Education

Degree in Business Administration, Neoma Business School, France.

Language

English, French, and Spanish.

Other Passions

Triathlon, Soccer, Catan

Location

Barcelona, Spain

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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.

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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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.

Education

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

Language

English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Spanish, French

Publications

“Fostering Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa Through Social Enterprise”, The Lauder Global Business Insight Report 2017: Change on a Global Scale, Knowledge@Wharton

Other Passions

Photography, travel, hiking, music, reading, volleyball, basketball

Location

San Francisco, CA

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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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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.

Language

English

Other Passions

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.

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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.

Education

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)

Language

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese

Other Passions

Spicy food, traveling around Latin America and spending time with her dog, Canela!

Location

San Francisco, CA

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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.

Education

B.S. in Accounting, Regis University

Language

English

Recognition

Certified Public Accountant

Other Passions

Experiencing nature, exploring the outdoors with her son, learning and
playing with creative projects.

Location

Fort Collins, CO

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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 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.

Education

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

Language

English, Spanish

Publications

Other Passions

Acting, Soccer, Singing, Skiing, Reading, Photography, 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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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.

Education

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

Language

Spanish, English, French, Catalan and Dutch

Publications

“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)

Other Passions

Yoga, swimming, (beach)volleyball, sailing,… and (very basic) surfing! Cheese, good wine and a well-documented historical novel make my day

Location

Barcelona, Spain

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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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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.

Education

M.P.A., Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

B.A., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional memberships

Governor Appointed Board of Director, CO Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund

Other Passions

Hiking, Skiing, Baseball, Reading, and Spending time with family and friends

Location

Evergreen, CO

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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
Laura is a seasoned and experienced social impact investor. She has served and is currently serving on several social impact boards. She launched The Social Capital Foundation, the mission of which is to reduce global poverty and inequality in a sustainable manner through the creation of opportunities and to encourage self-reliance for individuals and communities in the broadest sense of the word and to cooperate with and support other social organizations that pursue the same objectives. Laura’s involvement in locations such as Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam, Central America and the United Kingdom provides her with keen operational insights in an international context. In her business career, Laura was the General Manger USA for Bibit Global Payment systems and a Managing Director for one of the Specialists on the NYSE. Her education and experience have been in finance/economics and business development. 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
Eva Haller is truly inspirational. Hungarian-born, Eva has been a fierce advocate for social justice since the age of thirteen, when she would sneak out with her brother, John, to assist him in distributing anti-Hitler pamphlets throughout Budapest. John’s death, as he crossed the Yugoslavian border to join Tito’s army, propelled Eva to be the social, educational, and environmental activist she is today. From joining the marching to Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, to traveling the world as a UNICEF volunteer, to Calcutta with Mother Theresa, Eva has always been at the heart of what matters. She has engaged in and mentored countless organizations, serving as a board member, trustee, and passionate participant. Together with her husband, Yoel, Eva works to promote peace and social policies that deal effectively with today's global challenges. Her philanthropy spans multiple countries, institutions and sectors. Her mentoring and sharing of her story has empowered women throughout the US and around the world. Among the boards on which she serves/has served are: Free the Children USA, Asia Initiatives, Video Volunteers, Creative Visions, Sing for Hope, News Literacy Project, The Prince’s Trust Canada, A Blade of Grass, The Jane Goodall Institute, Women for Women, The Rubin Museum, UCSB and World Faiths Development Dialogue. Eva’s work has been well recognized, and her awards are numerous, including The Mandala Award for Humanitarian Achievement, The Inaugural Mentoring Award at Forbes Women’s Summit, and A Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Nations Population Fund. She received an honorary doctorate and was awarded the 2014 Magnusson Fellowship from Glasgow Caledonian University. Recently, she was given the Ban Ki-moon Mentorship Award. Want to know more? Eva’s life is chronicled in the documentary EVA HALLER: A WORK IN PROGRESS. https://myhero.com/film-eva-haller 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
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