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Social Performance & Education Committee

Anna de la Cruz – Research and Evaluation Professional

Anna De La Cruz is an international development research and evaluation professional, with content expertise in global health, microfinance and innovative market solutions to poverty alleviation. Anna brings to our Social Performance Committee over a decade of experience evaluating international development programs in nonprofit and academic institutions, and has worked with organizations including the UCSF Global Health Group, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the Financial Access Initiative at New York University. She has published several articles and reports on social franchising for health and other global health interventions. Latin America holds a special place in Anna’s heart, having lived in Mexico City and worked throughout the region, but she has also enjoyed opportunities to work on projects throughout Africa and Asia. Anna received a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on International Policy from New York University, and a Bachelor’s with distinction in International Studies from the University of Washington. She also completed the J-PAL Executive Education course on Randomized Controlled Trials at MIT.

Cara Forster – Independent Consultant and SPTF Secretariat Member

Cara S. Forster works as an independent consultant on the topics of client protection and social performance in microfinance, with clients that include ACCION International, the Social Performance Task Force, and the Grameen Foundation.  From 2010 to 2012 Cara was the Program Manager for Network Development Services at The SEEP Network, where her work focused on capacity building for microfinance networks.  During this time she was also the Global Facilitator for the Social Performance Working Group for Networks, a platform for collective action among networks to advance social performance within their member MFIs and their regions.  From 2008 to 2010 Cara helped launch the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Smart Campaign in her capacity as Program Manager for the Double Bottom Line at ACCION International.  Her work there centered on consumer protection in microfinance, coordinating the Beyond Codes project, and managing tool creation for the The Smart Campaign.  Prior to her work with ACCION, she spent 4 years in environmental consulting, designing performance measures and conducting project evaluations for several EPA programs.  Her interest in microfinance began 12 years ago with her Peace Corps service in Nicaragua where she coordinated a small savings and loan cooperative for single mothers. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Science from Harvard College and a Masters in Sustainable Development from Duke University.

Francy S. Milner – Professor at the Leeds School of Business

Francy teaches social entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Associate Director for the Leeds Center for Education on Social Responsibility and is particularly interested in business solutions to global poverty. Francy is an experienced employment lawyer, corporate trainer and is the former Assistant General Counsel for Legal Compliance at Coors Brewing Company. She has also provided consulting services to companies on corporate ethics and compliance programs, compliance risk management and corporate governance. Francy is fluent in Spanish and has served on the board of directors for two other nonprofit organizations, The Conflict Center and the Colorado Judicial Institute.

Victor Moscoso — General Manager, ACADEMICS

Victor J. Moscoso is General Manager at ACADEMICS, the partner of the Catholic University of Chile in Central America.  Victor has diverse professional experience working for academic, private, public, and international organizations, including his role as  Founding Executive Director for Guatemalan School of Government.  He holds a B.S. (Del Valle University), a B.A. in Economics (Rafael Landivar University ) and a Master in Public Administration and International Development (Harvard University).  He received scholarships from the Fulbright program, Inter-American Development Bank-Japan and Guatefuturo.  He is co-author of a pioneer study about Guatemalan Youth (FLACSO, 2000) and other studies related to education and youth development.   Currently, he serves as President of Harvard Club of Guatemala and is an avid Lego collector.

Maria Matilde Olazabal – Director of Alcance, Freedom from Hunger in Mexico 

Maria Matilde has more than 14 years of institutional development experience in the nonprofit sector and eight years experience in microfinance. As Director of Freedom from Hunger’s office in México she has been supporting innovation, the improvement of complementary services for microfinance institutions, the development of training of trainer services and the development of educational products on relevant topics for people living in poverty; she has also been developing business, negotiating strategic partnerships between Alcance and other international and national development organizations. Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, Maria Matilde was part of the development of Fundación ASUMO, an NGO, to offer other organizations working for the poor pro bono consultant services to build in house capacity to professionalize their services and achieve impact. Ms. Olazabal has supported many microfinance strategic teams in institutional analysis and optimization of their development methodologies, has designed and developed educational and training programs for NGOs, and contributed to the formation of self-help groups to promote social development in impoverished communities. Maria Matilde holds a Master’s degree in Education from Anahuac University, a Specialization in Social Development and Social Policy from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Anahuac University.


Julie Peachey – Director of Progress out of Poverty Index, Innovations for Poverty Action

Julie Peachey serves as a Director at Innovations for Poverty Action where she oversees the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®), a household-level poverty measurement tool initially developed by Grameen Foundation. Ms. Peachey has more than 20 years of private sector and non-profit experience, including more than a decade in international development with a focus on financial inclusion. Her accomplishments include establishing and serving on the board of a social business in India, transforming a credit-focused rural bank into a savings-led institution in the Philippines, playing a key role in raising $25 million in private equity for a technology company, and starting a school in Honduras. Ms. Peachey started her career as a public accountant at KPMG and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Carolina Roca – Board Member, Friendship Bridge and Partner of IDC

Carolina Roca is an Economist with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Harvard University) and has extensive experience working with the public as well as the private sector. She is at present leading a project to establish UCEN, a new private, non- profit and non-denominational university.  She was the Commissioner of the Guatemalan Tax and Customs Administration 2005-2008, serving two different government administrations. During her term, SAT credibility was regain, revenue collection increased in more than 1% of GDP with no increase in tax rates –an important achievement for a country with a tax burden of less than 11% of GDP-  In previous governments she served as Vice Minister of Energy and Mines, Vice Minister of Public Finance, Technical Secretary of the Economic Cabinet and Director of External Financing.    

As a senior partner at IDC, a Guatemala small consultancy firm, Carolina has consulted in the areas of finance, institutional development and innovation and Public Sector Reform for more than 10 years.  As an independent consultant she has worked for the World Bank, IMF, IDB, US-TREAS-OTA and PNUD in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Bolivia Honduras, Pakistan and Guatemala.  She was part of the Research Faculty of the Central American Institute for Business Administration –INCAE- and recently a Research Fellow of the Weatherhead Center of Harvard University. She served as President of the Foundation for Women’s Development, small NGO granting credits and training to women´s micro business projects, is presently a board member of FUNDASISTEMAS, Entrepreneurs for Education and Vital Voices Guatemala.

Claire  Simon Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

Claire has more than 10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative evaluation research that includes formulating program strategy, training and managing survey and research teams, analyzing data, assessing outcomes, extracting lessons learned and reporting to donors and stakeholders. She specializes in the design, implementation and analysis of results-based performance monitoring systems. Her areas of subject matter expertise include social protection, food security, value-chain analysis, microfinance and poverty measurement. Before turning to the field of development assistance, Simon spent eight years working in software development, building client relationship management (CRM) systems for large financial institutions and online retail organizations. In this capacity she specialized in gathering user requirements and transforming these requirements into technological solutions to streamline and improve business processes.

Caitlin Scott – Social Performance Manager, Friendship Bridge

Caitlin is responsible for Social Performance Management (SPM) at Friendship Bridge.  She works with leadership to develop a strategy to keep Friendship Bridge at the cutting edge of industry advances and trends, standards and certifications. She created and leads a team that is responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities within the organization.  Caitlin joined Friendship Bridge in 2000, when she began volunteering and interning for the organization and became an employee in 2009. Prior to becoming Social Performance Manager, Caitlin served in many positions within the organization, including Program and Project Manager, Development Associate and Office Administrator. She 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. Caitlin is trained as an advanced user for the Progress out of Poverty Index ® by the Grameen Foundation, and was the first external Certified Trainer for the PPI®.

Carmen Velasco – Co-Founder of Pro Mujer and Co-Chair of Executive Committee for Truelift 

Carmen is Bolivian and lives in Lima Peru.  She has studied Education in the University of Chile, and has post graduate studies in Microfinance (University of Boulder) and Project Management (Harvard University).  She worked for 15 years as Professor at the Catholic University in Bolivia.  In 1990, she has co-founded Pro Mujer, an international institution for the socio-economic inclusion of women through integrated services, and worked in the institution for 22 years. As Project director she has co-designed and implemented the training program and the Communal Association Program, and the integrated model that combines microfinance and health services to further empower woman and their families.

She was the Executive Director for Pro Mujer Bolivia from 1995 to 2007.  She was the Executive Director for Pro Mujer Inc. and participated in the expansion of Pro Mujer to four Latin American countries. She was part of the Board of PMI and the local boards of Pro Mujer Peru, Pro Mujer Mexico and Pro Mujer Argentina.  She has represented Pro Mujer in local and international Forums and Conferences.  Today she is part of the Board of Social Performance Task Force. She is the Co-chair of the Executive Committee for TRUELIFT and participates in the Global Advisory Committee for the Micro Credit Summit. She serves in the Board of Directors of Microfinance institutions.

Carmen currently participates in developing new initiatives and services with different entities to promote the socio-economic inclusion of the people living in poverty and actively participates in conferences and seminars to promote the role of Microfinance as a powerful tool to fight against poverty.  She was named a CNN hero, in recognition of being “Community advocate”; recognized by Veuve Clicquot for “The initiative for Economic Development”; and invited to the White House “Conference on the Americas”, Washington DC, 2007.  In October 2012 Washington DC, she received The International Alliance for Women “Award for 100 men and women in the world, for contributing to make difference in the world in the economic empowerment of women, a world of difference.”

Heidy Garrido – Guatemala Country Director, Friendship Bridge

Heidy is an economist with Masters’ Degree in Project Administration.  She has over 15 years of professional experience in Project Management (design, formulation, execution, monitoring, controlling and evaluation) and Field Training (design, implementation and evaluation) through strategic methodologies for adults and youth related to Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Management focus on conflict in rural communities, and Human Resources. Leveraging her experience and personal values, belief and attitudes, she has achieved institutional goals; helped enterprises face organizational challenges and respond opportunely in an effective way; integrated work teams; emowered staff talent; and finally, built and sustained harmonious and happy workspaces.  In addition, on weekends she is fully devoted to her family, hanging around, cultivating orchids and cacti with Mom, discussing interesting politics, economics, and social issues with Dad.