Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. Ms. Jung joined Grameen America with the goal of scaling the organization to solve economic issues for women and their families across the country. She is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., where she served as CEO from 1999 through April 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through December 2012. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes magazine's "Most Powerful Women in the World," and Financial Times' "Top Women in World Business."
Ms. Jung is a graduate of Princeton University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the General Electric Company, Apple, Inc., and Daimler AG. She also serves on the Committee for Economic Development, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan American think tank.
Mr. Newaz is responsible for advising the President and CEO on key Operations issues, best practices and Grameen Microfinance methodology. Selected by Professor Muhammad Yunus to replicate the Grameen Program in the United States, Mr. Newaz launched Grameen America’s first branch in 2008. He scaled and ran Grameen America's Operations from 2008 through 2014. During his three decade tenure at Grameen Bank, Mr. Newaz worked with each department of the Senior Management Team and managed over 200,000 borrowers. Prior to joining Grameen America, Mr. Newaz successfully replicated the Grameen program in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Newaz holds a M.S. from Chittagong University in Bangladesh.
Mr. Gough joined Grameen America from Pro Mujer, an international microfinance and women's development organization with operations in 5 Latin American countries, where he served as CFO. He is a finance and investment professional with a 15 year record in finance and investment banking with Credit Suisse in NYC and London. David’s initial experience was in accounting and corporate tax planning for Credit Suisse in London and NYC. He switched industries a decade ago to work in microfinance, eager to find ways to solve social issues through market based solutions. Mr. Gough speaks Spanish fluently and holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an LL.B from the University of London King’s College School of Law.
Ms. Barham joins Grameen America with 25 years of nonprofit and development experience. She has held key positions in fund development at Columbia University, Classroom, Inc., the YMCA of Greater New York, and was most recently the Vice President of Resource Development at the United Way of New York City. Mindee holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University.
Ms. Majewski joins Grameen America with 25 years of legal experience specializing in transactional matters. She has negotiated and closed loan transactions ranging from small loans to $95M. She previously served as the compliance officer for a Fortune 400 consumer loan company, handling all compliance matters with banking departments throughout the United States. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
National Branch Operations
Mr. Chowdhury oversees all national Grameen America branches. Mr. Chowdhury began his career with Grameen Bank in 1985 as Trainee Officer and progressed through numerous position of increased responsibility, including leading Grameen’s microfinance program in Kosovo from 2000 to 2006. His last position at Grameen Bank was Senior Principal Officer from 2006 to 2009. He joined Grameen America in 2009 and founded the first branch in Omaha, NE.
Operations and Program Strategy
Ms. Mendez provides key support on Grameen America's Operations policies and administration. In addition, she serves as a key liaison for branch coordination on national programs and activities with the New York office. She joined Grameen America in 2008 as the first employee in the Jackson Heights branch.
Central and Southeast Region
Mr. Shah Alam oversees all branches in Grameen America's Central and Southeast region. Mr. Alam began his career with Grameen Bank in 1985 as a Probation Officer and held positions of increased responsibility as Branch Manager, Program Officer and Area Manager. The last position he held at Grameen Bank was Senior Principal Officer, Zonal Audit Office. Mr. Alam joined Grameen America in January 2010 as the Branch Manager in Jackson Heights. In December 2012 he founded Grameen America's first branch in Charlotte.
South and West Region
Mr. Rashidull Alam oversees all branches in Grameen America's South and West Region. He began his career at Grameen Bank in 1984 as a Probation Officer and progressed through a number of roles of increased responsibility including an assignment with UNDP in Zambia leading the replication of Grameen microfinance from June 2004 to July 2011. His most recent position before joining Grameen America was Assistant General Manager. He joined Grameen America in 2012 and founded the first branch in San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Salam oversees Grameen America's national training program for Branch and Center Managers. Mr. Salam joined Grameen America in 2009 as the Brooklyn Branch Manager, and then served as New York Regional Manager. Prior to joining Grameen America, Mr. Salam served for fifteen years at Grameen Bank, where he managed multiple branches as a Zonal Officer and oversaw thousands of borrowers across several regions in Bangladesh.
Technology & Innovation
Mr. Berkowitz joined Grameen America after serving as a Kiva Fellow in Chimbo, Ecuador where he focused on streamlining and improving the flow of client data between Kiva and its intermediary. His background is in Latin American development and focuses on cross-cultural collaboration. Mr. Berkowitz holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Communications & Marketing
Ms. Adams oversees communications and marketing at Grameen America. Before joining Grameen America, she served as Communications Manager for Governor Martin O’Malley’s Political Action Committee. Prior to that, she worked for several years at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Ms. Adams holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Corporate Partnerships & Engagements
Ms. Monum has spent her career focused on mission-driven work with an emphasis on women’s empowerment. With experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, she has consulted for national nonprofit organizations and most recently managed Avon’s global philanthropy program development in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Ms. Monum holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.PA. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Major Gifts & Partnerships
Ms. Paprotna is responsible for cultivating philanthropic partnerships with Grameen America’s individual donors. Ms. Paprotna joins Grameen America from RESULTS, where she managed the development team. She also has expertise in United States foreign assistance and global microfinance policy, including spearheading legislation to award Prof. Yunus with the Congressional Gold Medal. Ms. Paprotna holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from The George Washington University.
Institutional Giving and New Programmatic Initiatives
A native of Bangladesh, Ms. Salahuddin first joined Grameen America in 2008 and is a wealth of institutional knowledge for Grameen America and Grameen Bank. She has been a key part of the organization for eight years in many important capacities, including Director of Development through December 2015. She is currently responsible to lead institutional partnerships and develop opportunities for new programmatic initiatives through to implementation. Prior to Grameen, she worked at Swisscontact in Bangladesh as Director of Portfolio Development. Ms. Salahuddin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Elmira College and speaks Bengali and French.
Ms. Swaminathan is responsible for leading and managing key programs and initiatives, including the savings program, credit reporting, and new products and services. Prior to Grameen America, Ms. Swaminathan worked as a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where she led teams and managed projects on social impact strategy, business model transformation, product strategy, and innovation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Anna University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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