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. Axel leads Grameen America’s fundraising efforts with over a decade of experience in the development field, most notably at The Trust for Public Land. In addition to his nonprofit experience, Mr. Axel has a background in the entertainment and social media sectors. Mr. Axel holds a B.A. from Brown University.
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.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Sacchi joined Grameen America with nearly thirty years of global experience achieving strategic business goals as a Senior Human Resources leader. Most recently, she served as Director and Chief Human Resources Officer at LG Electronics USA, and before that as the Vice President of Global Human Resources at Avon Products, Inc. with roles in Europe, Asia Pacific and at HQ. Ms. Sacchi has a M.Ed. and M.A. in Organizational and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
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.
Mr. Chowdhury oversees all branches in Grameen America's Northeast Region. 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.
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.
Communications & Program Management
Ms. Asch oversees program management, marketing and communications at Grameen America. Prior to joining the organization in 2012, she worked for an informal traders labor union in Kenya and conducted research on transitional justice in Uganda and Rwanda. Her background is in economic development and human rights in Africa. She holds a B.A. from NYU Gallatin.
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.
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.
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.
A native of Bangladesh, Ms. Salahuddin first joined Grameen America 2008 and holds a wealth of institutional knowledge for Grameen America and Grameen Bank. Most recently, she worked at Swisscontact as a Director in portfolio development. Ms. Salahuddin has a B.A. from Elmira College and speaks Bengali and French.
Strategy & Expansion
Mrs. Barra manages Grameen America’s strategic initiatives, including the borrower savings program and impact analysis. Her background is in management consulting, focused on healthcare services. She served as a Kiva Fellow in Kenya and Tanzania, volunteered as a board member for the Microfinance Club of New York, and worked with Microfinance Transparency and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Mrs. Barra graduated with honors from NYU Stern School of Business and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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