Currently, Global Partnerships has a team of 37 employees based out of Seattle, WA, USA; Santa Barbara, CA, USA; Managua, Nicaragua; and Nairobi, Kenya.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Rick Beckett is the president and CEO of Global Partnerships and has led the organization's strategic expansion as a social investor since 2006. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Rick was managing director of a $112 million private equity fund investing in middle-market companies and early stage ventures. Rick spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company where he served financial institution and healthcare clients on strategy and performance. He specialized in helping not-for-profit organizations achieve superior results in competitive markets. While at McKinsey, Rick co-authored the bestselling book Real Change Leaders: How You Can Create Growth And Performance At Your Company. He holds a B.A. with distinction in economics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rick has served on the boards of directors of numerous privately held portfolio companies and not-for-profit organizations, including Direct Relief International and The Initiative for Global Development.
Chief Impact & Research Officer
Peter oversees Global Partnerships' Impact and Research Team (IRT), which is responsible for providing GP with a direction for where to invest, and how to evaluate and measure the impact of those investments.
The IRT’s four core functions are: investment research, business development, impact assessment, and the administration of a health grant portfolio. This entails: developing well-researched recommendations on current and future impact investing initiatives; creating and nurturing direct relationships with promising social enterprises and other industry actors; developing and delivering a clear and straight forward quantitative and qualitative assessment of GP’s impact based on the latest industry standards; and managing a grant portfolio for the most promising health social enterprises.
Peter joined GP's staff in September 2012, having previously served on its board. Prior to joining GP, Peter was the executive vice president of programs and regions at Grameen Foundation (GF) where he oversaw all microfinance and technology programs as well as the foundation's global strategies. He joined GF in 2001 when he founded the Grameen Technology Center and built it into a global leader in using information and communication technologies for alleviating poverty. Peter started his career at Microsoft Corporation in 1987, where he spent a decade in a variety of leadership roles focused on international work, product support and marketing. Peter has served on boards in Africa and the Middle East focused on village phone and microfinance activities, as well as local Seattle boards. He currently serves on the board of Grameen Foundation. Peter has a degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Uppsala Sweden.
Chief Investment & Operating Officer
Mark oversees Global Partnerships' (GP) social investment funds, directing both the capitalization of GP investment funds and the lending of capital to GP's social investment partners. Prior to his work at Global Partnerships, he served as President of ShoreBank Pacific, the first commercial bank in the United States with a focus on environmentally sustainable community development. Mark has more than 25 years experience in banking and lending, including serving in executive roles at Homestead Capital, Bank of the Northwest, First Interstate Securities and First Interstate Bank of Texas. An active community member, Mark served as a member of the Board of Directors of BRAC Bank, a development bank known for its work with small business lending in Bangladesh, as a representative to the Board of BRAC Bank Afghanistan, and on the Board of Directors of XacBank, a microfinance bank in Mongolia. Mark is fluent in Spanish and has significant humanitarian volunteer and business experience in Latin America. Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Brigham Young University and his MBA, with concentration in finance, from Rice University.
Chief Capital Resource Officer
Gail oversees Global Partnerships (GP) investor relations, fund capitalization, philanthropic fundraising and relations, and marketing communications. She joined GP in July 2014 after spending over 25 years building and leading businesses in technology and consumer companies. Her career includes executive roles at Amazon, Microsoft, the WNBA Seattle Storm, Classmates, and Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, as well as cofounder and CEO of SimplyFun. She has served on numerous local nonprofit boards and committees. She is currently a board director for FareStart. She is a former Social Venture Partner and a past board member for the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and chair of Executive Women in Technology. Gail holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Arizona State University.
Managing Director - Social Venture Fund
Jim is a longtime entrepreneur and investor in growth companies. Before joining Global Partnerships, he led the development of the impact investment portfolio at the Eleos Foundation as their Executive Director and a founding board member. Over the course of his career with several private equity partnerships, Jim invested in multiple industries across North and South America. He co-founded and sold a Spanish-language media company and a national Hispanic marketing and public relations firm. Jim holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and graduated with honors from Harvard College.
Loan Closing Officer
Aaron joined Global Partnerships in September of 2015 as a Loan Closing Officer and plays a key role on the Social Investment Team, taking the lead on documenting our loan transactions and all the related coordination with our partners and attorneys in Latin America. Aaron brings experience in the areas of contractual, corporate, transactional, and international law. Licensed to practice law in the country of Mexico and licensed in the United States as a Foreign Law Consultant in Washington State, Aaron has done a variety of legal work for different law firms and corporations and has taught International Law in Mexico. Aaron has his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho de Puebla in Mexico and his Master of Laws in International Economic Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Aaron was raised in Puebla, Mexico, and has lived in the Seattle area for over a decade now.
Porfirio Alonso Artola Guerrero
Director, Risk Management
Porfirio joined Global Partnerships (GP) in June 2006 and is responsible for monitoring the financial performance and social impact of the microfinance institutions (MFIs) and cooperatives that receive GP’s support. He is an economist with more than 10 years of experience in the microfinance industry, spanning business plan development, application and design of computerized tools, and social and financial monitoring of MFIs. Porfirio also has several years of experience formulating and evaluating agricultural development projects focused on facilitating access to credit for rural poor families. Porfirio holds a B. A. in economics from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN).
Legal Services & Compliance Officer
As the Legal Services & Compliance Officer, Carlyn is involved in the upstream and downstream legal operations of GP’s funds. She is responsible for monitoring GP’s compliance with our contractual obligations, and for coordinating the documentation and closing of loan transactions, primarily in East Africa. Carlyn joined GP in 2009 and through her time at the organization, she has gained a strong understanding of the impact of GP’s model. Study abroad experiences in Ghana, Guatemala and Spain initially inspired her to work for an organization like GP, which empowers individuals and families living in poverty. Carlyn holds a B.A. in international studies with concentrations in business and Spanish from Elon University.
Impact and Research Associate
Mercy joined Global Partnerships in October, 2016 as part of the Impact & Research team. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She identifies the social impact and investment potential of new initiatives through research and field visits to prospective GP partners. Mercy holds a B.A. in Economics from Brown University with a focus on economic growth and development. Prior to Global Partnerships, she worked with Equity Bank as a customer service officer in her hometown, Kericho. She also worked with Equity Group Foundation, the bank’s social responsibility program, as a college counselor and mentor to fifteen high school students.
Director, Donor Relations
Jennifer joined Global Partnerships in 2014 and is responsible for strategically and meaningfully connecting donors to Global Partnership’s mission and program work. She has been engaged in the non-profit field for more than 15 years, most recently at Seattle Tilth and The Overlake School in Redmond, WA, where she managed annual giving and supported three capital campaigns. Before launching her career in non-profit fundraising, Jen was a high school English teacher in her home state of Maryland and a staff member at a historical Great Camp in the Adirondacks. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education from James Madison University, an M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington, and a certificate in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Donor Relations Officer
As part of the Capital Resources Team, Alison connects individuals and companies to Global Partnership’s mission. In addition to working with donors and corporate partners, she manages Global Partnership’s Impact Journeys, taking donors into the field to see our partners in action. Alison began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She developed a love of building relationships with partners and donors working with Young Women Empowered, the Boys and Girls Club, and Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She holds a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Washington.
Taylor joined Global Partnerships in February 2016. As the Accounting Officer she is responsible for the accounting duties related to the three branch offices as well as the investment fund accounting for four investment fund entities. Additionally, she works closely with the Vice President of Finance and Administration supporting financial reporting, payroll, and other office issues. Taylor interned at GP during the summer of 2015 and was the Event Assistant during the fall of 2015 assisting the Capital Resource Team in preparation for the annual luncheon. Taylor holds an M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University, Seattle as well as a B.A. in both Economics and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Sixta joined Global Partnerships’ (GP) Managua office in October 2011 as portfolio director. She manages the relationships with GP’s partners in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. Her background includes over 15 years of experience analyzing microfinance institutions and consulting on microenterprise development projects with organizations including Catholic Relief Services and UCADE, a faith-based organization that supports community development projects. Sixta holds a B.A. in public accounting and finance from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and has done graduate work at UNAN and the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).
Information Systems Officer
Tosten joined Global Partnerships (GP) in 2015. He is responsible for ensuring all GP staff have access to the business information and software tools they need to do their best work. Prior to joining GP, Tosten worked with PitchBook Data in Seattle, WA, a provider of market research for private financial markets, where he was a trainer, business analyst, database administrator, and sales associate. Before PitchBook, Tosten served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, where he taught physics and chemistry in the local middle school and lead several community development projects. Tosten has a B.S. in chemistry from Western Washington University, and speaks French, Spanish, and basic Pulaar.
VP, Investor & Donor Relations
Jason Henning joined Global Partnerships in 2004 and oversees the sourcing of philanthropic and investment capital from donors and investors. During his time at GP Jason has worked with a diverse set of supporters, ranging from family offices and foundations to religious institutions and development banks. Prior to his work at Global Partnerships, Jason spent six years in politics, working in Washington, D.C. on issues of healthcare and energy, and on several congressional and presidential campaigns across the country. Jason earned a B.A. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.P.A. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
VP, Investment Research
Kusi joined Global Partnerships June 2015. He is responsible for identifying and researching social impact and financial return potential of new investment initiatives, refining existing investment initiatives as well defining GP’s overall investment strategy. He also GP’s lead for agriculture and health sectors. Prior to joining GP, Kusi worked three years as a management consultant for Bain & Company in South America and five years as an Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In both roles he has published numerous papers on private sector development and impact investing. He also has extensive experience presenting at international forums such as the UNCTAD Global Conference on Trade and Investment, Latin America’s Impact Investing Forum and World Bank Groups FPD Forum. He holds a B.A. with honors in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School where he won both Center for International Development (CID) and ICICI Bank fellowships; and an MBA from INSEAD Global Business School in Singapore where he was Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow. Kusi is also co-leader of the Harvard Kennedy School Network for Washington state, a member of the Impact Hub global community, and serves as an advisor to various social entrepreneurs around the globe.
Karishma Menon Portfolio Director - Social Venture Fund
Karishma joined Global Partnerships in October, 2016 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. As Portfolio Director, she is responsible for sourcing, analyzing and, executing investments into early-stage businesses as well as providing post-investment support to SVF’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Karishma spent 4.5 years with Intellecap, first in India and more recently in East Africa. At Intellecap, she was first with the investment banking team (in India) where she worked on impact transactions in the healthcare, education and financial inclusion sectors. Subsequently she transitioned to, and later led, the Intellecap Impact Investment Network (“I3N”) in East Africa. I3N sources early stage impact equity investment opportunities, carries out due diligence, negotiates and structures investment terms, and executes transactions for a network of early stage investors. Prior to joining Intellecap, Karishma worked as an Analyst in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services group in Mumbai, India. She has a degree in Economics (with honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, consistently ranked as India’s premier Commerce College.
Norma Montenegro Pentzke
Norma joined Global Partnerships (GP) in May 2012. She is responsible for the administrative coordination of Global Partnerships' Managua office, including human resources, office efficiency, supervision of administrative staff and service contracts, and coordination of purchasing process and loan closing process support. Norma has seven years of experience in administrative and human resources management from her time at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, CEMEX and International Trade and Commodity Exchange Center. She has also served as an active volunteer for organizations including the San Miguel Church, Seed of Life and Love, and the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce. Norma is a member of the Human Resources Executives Association (AHERNIC) and holds a B.A. in business administration and, public accounting and finance with a specialization in human resources management.
Tara Murphy Forde
VP, Impact & Strategic Initiatives
Tara joined Global Partnerships (GP) in January 2009. As Vice President of Impact and Strategic Initiatives she leads GP’s efforts to define, measure, and strengthen the impact of its investments. In this capacity she oversees the qualitative and quantitative methods, tools, and processes used to identify high impact opportunities and cultivate learnings from the existing portfolio. Prior to her role on the Impact and Research team, Tara spent five years on GP’s Social Investment Team where she was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of Fund performance. Her approach to impact investing is informed by academic, professional, and entrepreneurial experience addressing the issues of poverty, gender and conflict. As a Fulbright Scholar, Tara researched the gender-differentiated effects of the armed conflict in Colombia and was part of a start-up tackling the socio-economic reintegration of displaced families. In addition to her time in Colombia, Tara has lived and studied in Cuba and Northern Ireland. Tara holds a B.A. in political science from Vassar College and a certificate in executive leadership from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University.
Portfolio Director – Africa
JohnPaul joined GP in February 2016. He is responsible for GP’s investment portfolio in East Africa through identification of opportunities and developing a broad knowledge of Partners as well as managing the due diligence process to identify their financing needs. Prior to joining GP, JohnPaul worked briefly with Capitol Food Ventures an SME/Funds advisory practice in Uganda and before that with Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited where he gained more than 6 years’ experience structuring credit transactions, assessing and managing risks within a credit portfolio comprised of various lending products including SME, trade finance and agribusiness-financing within an emerging market economy like Uganda. Prior to banking, he had worked with UAP Insurance Uganda Limited for one and a half years as a finance graduate trainee. JohnPaul holds a Master’s Degree in Economics majoring Finance from Central China Normal University in the Peoples’ Republic of China and a Bachelor of Management Science Degree from Kyambogo University in Uganda.
VP, Lending & Portfolio Management – Africa
Aaron joined Global Partnerships in June 2015 to head GP’s Africa office, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Aaron’s responsibilities include managing relationships with partners in East Africa, as well as identifying organizations that are aligned with GP’s impact areas: microentrepreneurship, health, rural livelihoods and green technology. Aaron has 15 years of relevant work experience, including 9 years of banking experience in Kenya, having worked with major Pan-African banks, including Equity Bank, NIC Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa and Bank of Africa, where he acquired relevant credit and relationship management experience. Aaron holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology from the University of Nairobi.
Investment Analysis Officer
Lily joined Global Partnerships in February 2016. As a member of the Social Investment Team, she is responsible for the financial analysis of potential investment partners, monitoring of current portfolio investments, and supporting the senior management team in with general economic analysis. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Lily was a research analyst at Portales Partners, LLC in NYC. She covered financial technology and consumer finance companies. Lily has a BA from McGill University, majoring in International Development with a concentration in Economics.
VP, Finance & Administration
Margaret Philip joined Global Partnerships in February 2006. Her professional career includes managerial roles in finance in the publishing and financial services industries. Margaret began her career in Seattle as a Certified Public Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1983. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Gonzaga University.
Kim Ishida Pitre
As operations officer, Kim primarily supports GP’s donor and investor operations, managing the database and working to ensure smooth onboarding of new investors. Kim has previous database management experience from her time at Seattle Tilth where she also gained experience in nonprofit administration, human resources, and accounting. Kim holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from University of Southern California and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.
VP, Operations & Legal Services
Beth has been with Global Partnerships (GP) since 2006. She spent the first six years working with in operations to support the Development & Finance teams. Beth is responsible for managing GP’s fund compliance and contractual relationships with investors and partners, as well as coordinating legal services across the organization. Her passion for making a positive impact locally and globally has led her to academic and travel experiences in various parts of Latin America and Spain. Beth holds a B.A. in Spanish literature from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.
Nathalia Rodriguez Vega
VP, Portfolio Monitoring & Economic Analysis
Nathalia joined Global Partnerships in March 2013. She is responsible for providing targeted product and economic analyses, managing the economic model and scenario analysis for multiple social investment funds, analyzing foreign exchange risks, and supporting other senior managers with special project economic analysis. Nathalia’s professional background includes seven years working for Citigroup in New York and Colombia, analyzing economic trends and giving investment recommendations on Latin America’s financial assets. At Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as a research assistant employing large-scale data analysis tools to analyze the impact of foreign-born workers in the US economy. Nathalia holds an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes.
Program Associate (Princeton in Latin America Fellow)
Jesús joined Global Partnerships in 2015 as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow to support the Social Investment Team. He will be focused on assisting with the due diligence investment reports that are done for each prospective partner as well as identifying potential partners to invest in. Prior to joining GP, Jesús worked for Deloitte Consulting as a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst in their Dallas office. While at Deloitte he worked on operations strategy, healthcare, and divestiture projects across the U.S. and Canada. Other project work includes pro bono consulting for nonprofits in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Guatemala. Jesús received a B.S. degree in Science, Technology & Society from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Vanesa Sandoval Rocha
Vanesa Joined Global Partnerships in May 2014. She manages the relationships with GP’s Partners in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Guatemala. Her background includes over 10 years of experience working in the promotion of financial services for low- income populations in Nicaragua. This includes work with a Swiss Cooperation Program (PROMIFIN-COSUDE), where her work involved training and assisting microfinance institutions in different areas such as Credit methodology, Strategic planning, design of new products, financial education of clients, Improvement of processes, and other topics. Vanesa also worked for several years at Fondo de Desarrollo Local (FDL) as branch manager. Vanesa holds a B.A. in Economics, from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN). She also has postgraduate certifications from Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), Thomas More University, and the Central American University (UCA).
Executive Assistant to the President & CIOO
Adelina joined Global Partnerships in 2014. She provides administrative support to the CEO and CIOO, manages scheduling for all Board governance activities, and keeps things in the Seattle office running smoothly. During her 10-month term as a Fulbright Scholar in 2011-2012, Adelina taught English to college students in Ben Tre City, Vietnam, and learned at least as much as she taught. Adelina speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Italian, and has studied French, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Russian. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Scripps College, with a minor in Italian Studies.
Gerardo joined Global Partnerships (GP) in August 2007. His responsibilities include managing relationships with GP’s partners in Argentina, El Salvador, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, as well as identifying and managing the due diligence process for new partners. Currently, Gerardo administers due diligence processes for organizations including coffee exporters that combine credit with agricultural value-added services. Gerardo has previously worked in the MIX analytical unit at REDCAMIF, a microfinance network in Nicaragua. His industry knowledge stems in part from his experience conducting multiple monitoring and performance evaluations of microfinance institutions in several Latin America countries and authoring the first benchmarking process in Central America. In his free time, Gerardo serves as a pastoral member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Managua. Gerardo holds an M.B.A in business administration from INCAE and a B.A. in business economics.
Jonathan joined Global Partnerships’ (GP) Managua office in August 2010. His responsibilities include monitoring performance of GP’s existing partners, and scouting potential new partners that combine access to credit with nonfinancial essential services within GP’s impact portfolios of health, green technology, rural livelihoods and micro entrepreneurship. He has nearly 10 years of experience in the microfinance industry from his time serving as credit coordinator, credit analyst and loan officer with ProCredit Bank and as loan officer with F.A.M.A. Jonathan’s professional experience spans multiple countries, including Bolivia, Serbia and Germany. Jonathan holds a B.A. in business administration from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and an M.B.A (specialization in finance) from CEU San Pablo University of Madrid in Spain.
VP, Lending & Portfolio Management - Latin America & Caribbean
Ricardo manages relationships with all of Global Partnerships’ partners in Latin America & Caribbean. He leads the due diligence and monitoring teams through the evaluation and selection process of potential partners that have social and credit profiles aligned to GPs' mission statement. With 15 years of industry experience, Ricardo has previously worked for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the largest development bank in Central America. There, he evaluated MFIs and implemented core-banking and other information system solutions. Ricardo holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and an M.B.A. from his native Colombia.
Mackenzie Welch - Impact and Research Associate
Mackenzie joined Global Partnerships in September 2016 as part of the Impact and Research Team. She identifies the social impact and investment potential of new initiatives through research and field visits to GP partners. Mackenzie holds a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College and has taught in Guatemala, worked with displaced families in Colombia, supported programs at the Ecuadorian Fulbright Commission, and worked on an environmental lawsuit in Ecuador. On the policy side, she has interned for the Inter-American Dialogue in D.C. and the U.S. State Department in Peru. She spent the past year studying Portuguese and law in Rio de Janeiro as a Boren Scholar.
Lisa joined Global Partnerships in April 2016. She is responsible for evaluating and selecting potential partners and developing and managing relationships with GP’s partners with a strong US presence. Lisa has seven years of work experience in valuing investments in emerging markets, including recommending growth opportunities at Laureate Education and supporting new product development at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Lisa holds an MBA from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in International Relations and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Impact Evaluation Officer
KJ Zunigha joined Global Partnerships in December 2014 as Impact Evaluation Officer and is responsible for measuring the social impact of GP’s investments. She manages the collection and reporting of impact data and supports partners in delivering timely, accurate and consistent data.
KJ brings experience in monitoring and evaluation, data analysis and data visualization from her 4+ years at PATH, where she managed the collection, analysis, and reporting of key programmatic indicators across PATH’s 200+ projects worth over $300 million. She also brings experience in organizational strategy and operational effectiveness measurement. KJ received her BA in international studies and Spanish from Seattle University, and received her Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University. KJ was born and raised as an expat in the Middle East, and has lived in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Spain.