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Leadership Team

Tracie Cordeiro – President & CEO

Tracie joined our team in October 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Friendship Bridge, she worked for Opera Australia as the Finance and Procurement Manager for 11 years in Sydney, Australia. Before that, she worked for six years in various finance and planning roles for Honeywell Europe and started her career with KPMG working in Europe and the US. Having lived and worked in several continents, Tracie has a vast appreciation and knowledge of different cultures, both professionally and personally.

Caitlin Scott – Chief Strategy Officer

Caitlin is responsible for formalizing Friendship Bridge’s strategic planning processes and facilitating the development of the strategy. She translates our strategy across functions and business units to drive organizational change and forge new working relationships and synergies throughout the organization and with strategic partners. This establishes greater transparency and accountability for those carrying out the company’s strategy. With more than 10 years of experience in various positions at Friendship Bridge, Caitlin has the knowledge in both depth and breadth of how the organization works and how to achieve its desired impact. She established and continues to manage a team that provides monitoring and evaluation services, effectively supporting the culture of continuous improvement in the organization. Her leadership in these areas has garnered Friendship Bridge international acknowledgment in Social Performance Management, including receiving Leader Recognition from Truelift, an A-social rating by Microfinzanza, Mix S.T.A.R recognition, and five Social Performance Badges from Kiva. Caitlin holds a master’s degree in international development, with a concentration in microfinance, from the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish.

Nicole Eubanks – Chief Development Officer

Nicole Eubanks joined the Global Communications and Partnerships Team at Friendship Bridge in 2016. Since then, she has held the positions of Relationship Manager, Associate Development Director, and Development Director. Nicole leads the Global Communications and Partnership Team which includes development, events, U.S. marketing, Handmade By Friendship Bridge, volunteers, and grants. Prior to joining Friendship Bridge, Nicole served women’s and girls’ empowerment within Colorado for 5 years at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Nicole held multiple roles at Girl Scouts of Colorado including Volunteer Manager, Program Specialist, and Statewide Manager of Retail & Customer Service. Nicole earned her Associate of Applied Science, Business Administration, and Management from FIT in New York City.

Roberto Silvestre – Chief Risk & Finance Officer

Roberto has been working in finance, accounting, risk management and anti-money laundering in different industries in Guatemala, from farmer’s cooperatives to nonprofit international organizations. His experience includes more than 18 years in microfinance, portfolio management, and risk management, as well as second-tier banking, in the three known methodologies of microfinance: village banking, solitary groups, and individual loans. Roberto has a degree as a Certified Public Accountant and Auditor, a certification as an Expert in Anti-Money Laundering by the World Compliance Association, and certifications in risk management, microfinance, business solutions, senior cooperative management, management, leadership, conflict analysis, and planning, among others.

Francisco Meletz – Director of Operations

Francisco Meletz leads the team of Friendship Bridge agencies in Guatemala. He has 16 years of experience in microfinance. Francisco started working for Friendship Bridge in January 2007, and he has since worked in different positions where he has contributed to the leadership development as well as the strengthening, growth and expansion of products and services to all Friendship Bridge areas of coverage. He has a degree as Public Accountant & Auditor, a Master’s in Business Administration, and also holds international certifications such as Planning, Monitoring & Project Development, MFI Management, and Leadership Coaching.

Victor Contreras – Director of Personnel Services

Victor has been leading human talent management teams and processes in different industries in Guatemala for more than 12 years. He began his work with Friendship Bridge in June 2013 and has since been supporting the strategic and timely management of employees to develop and implement strategies to manage human talent with our leadership team.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and two master’s degrees: one in Human Resource Management, and an MBA in Business Management & Administration.