Board of Directors
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chair
Grameen Bank Founder
Professor Yunus, the “father of microfinance,” founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh on the premise that the poor are creditworthy. In 2006, Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” Professor Yunus is only one of six people in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal. Professor Yunus published his work on microfinance and social business in his books Banker to the Poor, Creating a World Without Poverty, and Building Social Business. Professor Yunus serves on the Board of Grameen Research, which provides research, training and support in the field of microfinance, as well as Sing for Hope, an organization dedicated to transforming underserved communities through arts outreach programs.
Hellman & Friedman
Ben Farkas is a partner with Hellman & Friedman, a private equity firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, and London. With a focus on technology and tech-enabled services, Ben is currently Lead Director of Ultimate Software, was formerly a Director of OpenLink Financial, Getty Images and Sheridan Healthcare, and was active in the firm’s investment in SnapAV. Prior to H&F, Ben was employed by Bain Capital primarily in London, and Bain & Company in Boston. Ben received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Economics, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Michael D. Granoff
Pomona Capital, L.P.
Founder & CEO
Mr. Granoff is founder and CEO of Pomona Capital. He previously served on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, and the 1992 Department of Treasury Presidential Transition Team. He is Chairman of the Boards of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, and Albanian American Development Foundation, and received the Order of Mother Teresa Medal from the Albanian President. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum, and has lectured at Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Business. He received his JD from Georgetown University and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
California Community Foundation
President & CEO
Antonia Hernández is President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. The California Community Foundation's mission is to create greater equitable opportunity, prosperity, health and well-being for the residents of Los Angeles County. Previously, Ms. Hernández worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the L.A. Center for Law and Justice, and the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Ms. Hernández is a trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the Boards of the American Constitution Society and the American Automobile Association. She currently serves on the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's JFK School of Government, and the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. Ms. Hernández holds a B.A. in history from UCLA and a law degree from the UCLA School of Law.
World Health Care Congress
Mr. Jorgensen was the principal proponent and organizer of Grameen America and Grameen PrimaCare and currently serves as the President of Grameen Research. He is also the majority owner of three industry based conference and research companies, which in turn own and manage over 200 conferences and several membership-based research groups. Mr. Jorgensen’s companies include Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Corporate Research Group, and The World Health Care Congress that was launched in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation. Mr. Jorgensen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard University.
President and CEO
Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. She is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., where she served as CEO from 1999 to 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through 2012. Throughout her career, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes’ "Most Powerful Women in the World," and the 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 Apple Inc., Unilever, Rockefeller Capital Management, Wayfair Inc., and JUST Capital. She previously served on the boards of General Electric and Daimler AG.
Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
President and CEO
Hope Knight is the President and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (CDFI). Prior to GJDC, Ms. Knight was COO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Vice President in the Institutional Equities, Strategic Planning and E-Commerce Divisions at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Knight began her career as a Director for the City of New York and moved into the Financial Institutions Group at Accenture. Ms. Knight serves on the Board of Trustees of Marymount Manhattan College, North Country School, as well as Morgan Stanley New Markets Corporation and Carver Community Development Corporation. Ms. Knight holds a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Chicago Booth.
Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Mr. Mamdani is a Vice Chairman in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. He led the Emerging Market Private Investments initiative and the Global Emerging Markets Private Equity Fund. He has over 23 years experience across a range of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, privatizations, and hostile defenses. Mr. Mamdani is on Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance Advisory Board, is a Board member of Arab Bankers Associations of North America, and a participant in U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and MBA from Stanford University. He was raised in Kenya and Tanzania.
John F. Megrue Jr.
Bridgewater Associates, L.P.
John Megrue is the Co‐Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm. Prior to joining Bridgewater Associates, John was Chairman and CEO of Apax Partners U.S., an independent global private equity advisory firm managing over $46 billion in private equity funds. From 1992 to 2005, he was a Partner at Saunders, Karp and Megrue, a mid‐market buyout private equity firm.
John currently serves on the Board of Global Citizen and is a Board member of Grameen America, the largest microfinance non‐profit in the U.S. that provides loans, savings programs, credit establishment and other financial services to women entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in the United States. John is also Vice Chairman of UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy's Office for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals. In addition, John is on the Board of Bridges Ventures, a U.S. social impact investment fund. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.
Ms. Pritzker is President of the Seedlings Foundation, which supports programs that nourish the physical and mental health of children and families, as well as institutions that foster an educated and engaged citizenship. She serves on the board of Grameen PrimaCare, a non-profit organization that provides affordable primary care and a health promotion program to immigrant women. Ms. Pritzker is a Principal of the Pritzker/Vlock Family Office.
Bridgewater Associates, L.P.
Founder, Chairman, &
Co-Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Dalio is the founder, CEO, and CIO of Bridgewater Associates and has over 35 years of experience in the financial field. Mr. Dalio was Director of Commodities at Dominick & Dominick, a Wall Street brokerage house, in 1973. In 1974, he joined Shearson, Haydon Stone where he was in charge of the Institutional Futures department. In 1975, Mr. Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates and grew the company to manage over $75 billion in assets. He received a BA from C.W. Post College University and a MBA from Harvard University.
Sila M. Calderón
Sila M. Calderón Foundation
Former Governor of Puerto Rico
Sila M. Calderón, former Governor of Puerto Rico (2001-2005), chairs the Sila M. Calderón Foundation, which focuses on issues of poverty, women and social responsibility in Puerto Rico, as well as the Center for Puerto Rico. She is President of Inter-American Global Links, Inc., Trustee of the NY Public Library, and served on the boards of Banco Popular, Pueblo International, and the Government Development Bank. She was previously Secretary of the Governorship and of State and Mayor of San Juan. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from several stateside universities, holds a BA in Government from Manhattanville College, and did her post-graduate studies at the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico.