Global Partnerships’ team is based out of Seattle, WA, USA; Bogotá, Colombia; Santa Barbara, CA, USA; and Nairobi, Kenya.
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Beckett is the CEO of Global Partnerships and has led the organization's strategic expansion as an impact-first investor since 2006.
Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Rick was managing director of a $112 million private equity fund investing in middle-market companies and early stage ventures. Rick spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company where he served financial institution and healthcare clients on strategy and performance. He specialized in helping not-for-profit organizations achieve superior results in competitive markets. While at McKinsey, Rick co-authored the bestselling book Real Change Leaders: How You Can Create Growth And Performance at Your Company. He holds a B.A. with distinction in Economics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rick has served on the boards of directors of numerous privately held portfolio companies and not-for-profit organizations, including Direct Relief International and The Initiative for Global Development.
President & Chief Investment Officer
Mark oversees Global Partnerships' (GP) social investment funds, directing both the structuring and management of the funds and leading the team that sources and lends capital to GP's social investment partners.
Prior to his work at GP, he served as President of ShoreBank Pacific, the first commercial bank in the United States with a focus on environmentally sustainable community development. Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in banking, lending, and investment management, including serving in executive roles at Homestead Capital, Bank of the Northwest, First Interstate Securities and First Interstate Bank of Texas. An active community member, Mark served as a member of the Board of Directors of BRAC Bank, a development bank known for its work with small business lending in Bangladesh, as a representative to the Board of BRAC Bank Afghanistan, on the Board of Directors of XacBank, a microfinance bank in Mongolia, and as a Board member of two commercial banks in the US. Mark is professionally fluent in Spanish and has significant humanitarian volunteer and business experience in Latin America. Mark received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Brigham Young University and his MBA, with concentration in finance, from Rice University.
Vice President, Credit
Stuart is responsible for credit risk management across the debt portfolio in Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Stuart joined Global Partnerships in January 2022 following 11 years working at global banking institutions. Most recently, Stuart was a Vice President in the Emerging Markets Credit Risk Management team at J. P. Morgan managing a credit portfolio primarily located in sub-Saharan Africa. This background included a broad range of transaction experience financing large multinational corporations and sovereigns as well as SMEs and microenterprises, with an increasing development and impact focus. Stuart holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a B.A. in Modern History with Economics from the University of Manchester.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Michael manages the financial and administrative aspects of the organization.
Prior to joining Global Partnerships, he spent twelve years in the alternative investment industry, with his last role as Chief Financial Officer of a hedge fund in New York City. Michael has experience in various facets of the financial sector, with a background in fund accounting, financial modeling and budgeting, audit, tax planning, human resources, compliance, and operations. He has also been involved with several not-for-profit organizations throughout his career. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Western Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer
Megan is the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer of Global Partnerships, overseeing legal, finance and operations for the organization.
Prior to joining Global Partnerships, she was a partner with the international law firm DLA Piper LLP (US) for nearly 10 years where she represented investors and technology companies of all sizes. Prior to DLA Piper, Megan was General Counsel of a wireless company, an attorney with Venture Law Group and a clerk to a federal judge. She holds a B.A. with highest honors from Pitzer College and received her law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.
Tara Murphy Forde
Managing Director, Capital & Impact
Tara leads Global Partnerships’ Capital and Impact Team. In this capacity she oversees GP’s work in investment research, impact management, investor communication and investor relations.
Tara joined GP in 2009 and during her tenure at the organization she has worked across the Social Investment, Research and Impact and Social Venture Fund teams. Her approach to impact investing is informed by academic, professional, and entrepreneurial experience addressing the issues of poverty, gender and conflict. As a Fulbright Scholar, Tara researched the gender-differentiated effects of the armed conflict in Colombia and was part of a start-up tackling the socio-economic reintegration of displaced families. Tara holds a B.A. in political science from Vassar College and a certificate in executive leadership from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University.
Vice President, Investment Operations
Beth is responsible for managing Global Partnerships' fund compliance and contractual relationships with investors and partners, as well as supporting operations across the organization.
Beth has been with GP since 2006. She spent the first six years working with in operations to support the Development & Finance teams. Her passion for making a positive impact locally and globally has led her to academic and travel experiences in various parts of Latin America and Spain. Beth holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.
Nathalia Rodriguez Vega
Senior Vice President, Global Portfolio
Nathalia is responsible for the global (ex LAC) portfolio. Nathalia joined Global Partnerships in March 2013 as an analyst in the Social Investment Team.
Nathalia’s professional background includes seven years working for Citigroup in New York and Colombia, analyzing economic trends and giving investment recommendations on Latin America’s financial assets. At Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as a research assistant employing large-scale data analysis tools to analyze the impact of foreign-born workers in the US economy. Nathalia holds an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes.
Managing Director, Social Venture Fund
Jim is a longtime entrepreneur and investor in growth companies.
Before joining Global Partnerships, he led the development of the impact investment portfolio at the Eleos Foundation as their Executive Director and a founding board member. Over the course of his career with several private equity partnerships, Jim invested in multiple industries across North and South America. He co-founded and sold a Spanish-language media company and a national Hispanic marketing and public relations firm. Jim holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and graduated with honors from Harvard College.
Vice President, Latin America Portfolio
Ricardo manages GP's Bogotá office team and relationships with all of GP’s partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He leads the due diligence team through the evaluation and selection process of potential partners that have social and credit profiles aligned to GPs' mission. With 18 years of industry experience, Ricardo has previously worked for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the largest development bank in Central America. There, he evaluated MFIs and implemented core-banking and other information system solutions. Ricardo holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and an M.B.A. from his native Colombia.
Investment Operations Officer
Aaron joined Global Partnerships in September of 2015 and plays a key role on the Social Investment Team.
Aaron takes the lead on documenting our loan transactions and all the related coordination with our partners and attorneys in Latin America. He brings experience in the areas of contractual, corporate, transactional, and international law. Licensed to practice law in the country of Mexico and licensed in the United States as a Foreign Law Consultant in Washington State, Aaron has done a variety of legal work for different law firms and corporations and has taught International Law in Mexico. Aaron has his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho de Puebla in Mexico and his Master of Laws in International Economic Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Aaron was raised in Puebla, Mexico, and has lived in the Seattle area for over a decade now.
Jonathan joined Global Partnerships in September 2021 as the Administrative Assistant at GP's Seattle office.
Prior to joining GP, he was a Case Manager at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP in New York City, where he worked on a number of public interest and pro-bono cases supporting victims of racial and gender discrimination and harassment. He also spent a year teaching middle school English in Changsha, China, and worked with the Enlace Project in El Sauce, Nicaragua to develop tourism programs highlighting the specific history and culture of the region.
Jonathan holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Classics from the University of Rochester. He spent a semester abroad in Italy, where he studied ancient civilizations, culture, and language.
Director of Investment Operations
As the Director of Investment Operations, Carlyn is involved in the upstream and downstream legal operations of GP’s funds.
She is responsible for monitoring GP’s compliance with our contractual obligations, and for coordinating the documentation and closing of loan transactions, primarily in East Africa. Carlyn joined GP in 2009 and through her time at the organization, she has gained a strong understanding of the impact of GP’s model. Study abroad experiences in Ghana, Guatemala and Spain initially inspired her to work for an organization like GP, which empowers individuals and families living in poverty. Carlyn holds a B.A. in international studies with concentrations in business and Spanish from Elon University.
Paola Centeno Duque
Research & Impact Officer
Paola is responsible for GP’s impact-first screening and analysis of potential partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, impact data monitoring of current portfolio partners and conducting strategic analysis and partner and market research.
Prior to joining GP, Paola worked as Senior Investment Advisor at ProColombia – Colombia’s National Promotion Agency- supporting Private Equity Funds, Infrastructure and Renewable Energy companies in the identification of business opportunities and overseeing their investment process in the country.
She holds a master’s degree on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Barcelona and a BA in Government and International Relations from Externado University in Bogotá.
Research & Impact Officer
Paola is responsible for GP’s impact-first screening and analysis of potential partners, impact data monitoring of current portfolio partners and conducting strategic analysis and partner and market research.
Paola comes to GP with several years of experience working in global development across Latin America and Africa. She believes in the power of applied research to drive institutional strategies and brings with her a strong multi-disciplinary approach to research and analysis. Prior to joining she completed her PhD in Sociology (BUAP) focused on the history and daily struggles of Malawian NGOs. Paola also holds a BSc. in Mathematics and Economics from UDLAP and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.
Investment Analysis Officer
Juanita joined GP’s team in January 2021, and serves as an Investment Analysis Officer in the Seattle Office.
She wants to develop a career in the non-profit sector and was attracted by GP’s mission and culture. Juanita has a finance background with 10+ years of experience in the Telecommunications Sector in Colombia, where she worked for the Mobile Industry Association, Telefonica Colombia, Government owned telecom companies’ transformation project and ETB. She holds a B.A. in Finance and International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, and an IMBA from IE Business School in Spain.
Portfolio Director, Latin America Portfolio
Marcela is in charge of overseeing the Latin America Portfolio, conducting due diligence analysis, increasing pipeline, and managing relationships with our partners in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Perú.
Prior to her work at GP, she focused on economic, social and environmental issues in financial institutions, Colombian government, non-profits and start-ups. She co-founded ID Social, a consulting and advisory focused non-profit firm in Colombia, and has previous knowledge in structuring and managing of social innovation and impact models, analysis and financial projections and strategic partnerships.
Director of Investment Research & Impact
Meghan manages the research and impact function, leading agile research and analysis to develop, execute, and continuously strengthen Global Partnerships’ impact-first investment strategy at all stages of the investment process.
She joined GP in 2019 as part of the Capital & Impact team. Her role at GP builds on many years of experience advancing economic opportunity and gender equity in emerging markets, having held programmatic, strategy, and research positions at several global NGOs.
Taylor Ganey Humenay
Accounting & Compliance Officer
Taylor is responsible for the accounting duties related to the three branch offices as well as the investment fund accounting for four investment fund entities.
Additionally, she works closely with the Vice President of Finance and Administration supporting financial reporting, payroll, and other office issues. She joined Global Partnerships in February 2016. Taylor interned at GP during the summer of 2015 and was the Event Assistant during the fall of 2015 assisting the Investor Relations Team in preparation for the annual luncheon. Taylor holds an M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University, Seattle as well as a B.A. in both Economics and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Portfolio Director, Latin America Portfolio
Sixta manages the relationships with GP’s partners in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and El Salvador.
She joined Global Partnerships’ (GP) Managua office in October 2011. Her background includes over 15 years of experience analyzing microfinance institutions and consulting on microenterprise development projects with organizations including Catholic Relief Services and UCADE, a faith-based organization that supports community development projects. Sixta holds a B.A. in public accounting and finance from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and has done graduate work at UNAN and the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).
Investment Analysis Officer
Matt joined GP in February 2018 as a member of the Social Investment Team.
He is responsible for the financial analysis of potential investment partners, monitoring investments from screening and loan origination to exit of our portfolio, and supporting the senior management team with general economic analysis. Prior to joining GP, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving in Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, and Washington, DC. He also previously managed programs and funding to Kenyan social enterprises with a U.S.-based nonprofit. He has an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Denver.
Investor Communications Officer
As part of the Capital & Impact Team, Matt is responsible for producing content and managing external communications channels to support GP's mission.
He works with our international partners and staff across all GP offices to ensure GP's work is communicated to all external and internal stakeholders including investors and staff. Prior to joining GP, Matt held communications positions at Landesa and World Vision, and served on the board of directors for Construction for Change. He also worked in the Dominican Republic and Haiti for Esperanza International, a microfinance institution and former partner of GP. Matt holds an M.B.A. with honors from the International School of Management in Paris, and a B.A. in Communications from Pacific Lutheran University.
Melissa Lockhart Fortner
Director of Investor Relations
As Director of Investor Relations, Melissa is a partner to GP's diverse community of supporters, a steward for impact-first capital, and a bridge for investors and donors to GP's mission.
Melissa joined GP in 2020, bringing experience in international affairs, nonprofit management, fundraising, and donor relations. She is passionate about building global solutions to challenges like poverty and economic inequity, and that motivation is the thread connecting her prior roles with the Pacific Council on International Policy, the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, and the Foreign Policy Association. Melissa holds an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Pomona College. She lives in Seattle with her husband Jeff and two sons.
Investment Operations Officer
As part of the Finance and Operations team, Caitlyn works on closing loan transactions, including all related documentation and coordination with local partners and attorneys.
Caitlyn comes to GP from a career in social impact having worked on project implementation at the World Bank Group (WBG), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Women, and the Organization of American States (OAS). She holds an MA in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins - SAIS and a BA with honors in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Washington.
Maria Teresa Medina
Portfolio Director, Latin America Portfolio
Maria Teresa manages the relationships with GP’s partners in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Argentina. Her responsibilities include identifying new partners, managing the due diligence process and leading the relationship with them.
Maria Teresa joined Global Partnerships (GP) in October 2019 and her background includes 20+ years of financial experience in various Colombian and multinational companies based in Colombia including commercial, retail and investment banks, and industries such as construction materials, petrochemical and fintech. She held different roles in finance such as trader, corporate treasurer, corporate finance director and CFO. Maria Teresa holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, an MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE Business School) in Madrid, Spain, and an online certificate in digital transformation from MIT & Emeritus.
As the Operations Officer, Sophie is responsible for GP’s donor and investor databases and administrative work related to investor and fund operations.
Sophie joined Global Partnerships in February 2018. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Sophie worked in the Finance department at a growing software company in Kirkland, WA. She holds a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in French from the University of Washington.
Portfolio Director, Global Portfolio
Newton is responsible for identifying and managing the due diligence process for new partners in sub-Saharan Africa as well as maintaining a strong relationship with GP partners.
Newton has a strong credit management background with 17 years’ experience in both retail and institutional lending. Past experience includes working at Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Jitegemee Trust, a Kenyan based Wholesale fund where he was responsible for expanding their investments in MFIs and rural based cooperatives. Most recently, Newton worked at Kiva Microfunds for 8 years, a San Francisco based nonprofit focused on impact investment as their Portfolio Manager for Anglophone Africa, responsible for expanding and managing investments in 6 countries. Newton holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.com, accounting) degree from University of Nairobi and CPA (K) finalist.
Information Systems Officer
Bob joined Global Partnerships in May 2020. He is responsible for managing GP's information technology systems.
Bob has previously worked with technology and data for several nonprofit organizations, including Accelerator YMCA and Facing the Future (a program of Western Washington University). He has also worked with information systems and global logistics in the expedition cruise industry. Bob holds a B.A. in English Literature from Ithaca College.
Investment Analysis Officer
Aldo joined GP on February 2018 as an Investment Analysis Officer based in our Managua office.
His duties include performing qualitative and quantitative financial analysis, with emphasis on credit analysis, helping review different types of business models and developing investment recommendations, and supporting the Social Investment Team monitoring investments from screening and loan origination to exit of our portfolio in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has 5 years of industry experience as the Country Manager in Nicaragua for OIKOCREDIT, as well as experience in the credit departments of commercial banks and retail companies. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University as well as an MBA from INCAE.
Carol comes to GP with more than 6 years of professional experience in the financial services industry in Colombia mainly in fund management and investment, working directly with financial institutions as a Trader.
More recently, she worked as an ESG analyst in Paris, France, focusing on the environmental, social and governance analysis of companies with impact investment and sustainable development in the European and North American markets for an asset manager.
Carol holds a B.S. in Finance and International Trade and post-graduate studies on Capital Markets from Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia, and an M.B.A. from EAE Business School and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain.
As the Accounting Officer, Olivia is responsible for the accounting operations related to GP’s offices and investment funds.
Olivia joined Global Partnerships in July 2019. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Olivia was an intern with the Fund for Global Health where she worked to increase federal funding for global TB alleviation and comprehensive primary health care. She also is a partial owner and manager of a gym in Downtown Seattle. She holds a B.A. with honors in Public Health-Global Health and a minor in Nutrition from the University of Washington.
Research & Impact Officer
Luiana is responsible for GP’s impact-first screening and analysis of potential partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, impact data monitoring of current portfolio partners and conducting strategic analysis and partner and market research.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Montreal, Luiana joined the UNESCO Tanzania office where she supported the implementation of a rural community media development project, along with initiatives on access to information and safety of journalists. Luiana also supported the operationalization of an IT training program to facilitate rural women’s access to the job market in south Kenya. Wishing to continue working on increasing market inclusion and poverty alleviation, Luiana undertook a master’s degree in Management and Sustainable Development at HEC Montreal. During her studies, she focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis of organizations, and researched the intersectionality of environmental considerations with international development and humanitarian organizations’ mandates.
Gabriel Nicaise Tossou
Portfolio Director and Deputy Regional Manager, Global Portfolio
Nicaise joined Global Partnerships in April 2019. He is responsible for identifying and managing relationships with partners in sub-Saharan Africa Francophone countries.
In addition to his duties as a Portfolio Director, as of May 2020 Nicaise has taken on the additional role of Deputy Regional Manager. Nicaise continues to lead GP's investment presence in Francophone Africa, and is now also helping build the entire Africa portfolio and representing GP in many aspects as Deputy Director. He has 18 years’ experience in microfinance operations, technical assistance and lending to MFIs and social enterprises in agriculture and SME Banks. Nicaise has been Country Manager for Oikocredit in Benin where he built a regional experience in Francophone West Africa. He holds a master’s degree in Audit and Finance and relevant certificates in Savings and Credit Cooperative Management, and Digital Finance. He has a depth of knowledge in Financial Inclusion, Social Performance Management and Project Management.
Karen Serem Waithaka
Investment Director, GP/Eleos Social Venture Fund
Karen joined GP in January 2021 and works as an Investment Director for our Social Venture Fund based in our Nairobi office.
Her role includes relationship building and management of deal-flow partners and the players within the impact investment scene, identifying investment opportunities that are in line with GP’s objectives, preparation of board-level investment memorandum for potential investment and active portfolio management of investee companies including coordinating follow on investments. Prior to her role at GP, Karen ran a consultancy that coached and guided start-ups through the fundraising process. She also previously worked for a corporate venture fund, the Safaricom Spark Venture Fund, and a private equity fund, TBL Mirror Fund. Karen has also worked as an Actuarial Consultant at Russell Investments, Sydney Australia. She holds a Master of Finance from the University of New South Wales and a BSc Actuarial Science from Curtin University, both in Australia.
Investment Analyst, GP/Eleos Social Venture Fund
Emmanuel joined GP in January 2022 and works as an Investment Analyst in our Social Venture Fund (SVF). He works with the team across the whole investment process from sourcing, analyzing, executing and monitoring investments in early stage businesses that align with the fund’s goals.
He believes in the transformation power of capital at the intersection of impact and growth of early stage companies that are actively working to solve large and meaningful problems particularly for people living in poverty in developing countries. Previously at Lattice Consulting (Member of Larive Group), he worked as part of a transaction advisory team across East Africa in sectors such as agribusiness, healthcare, real estate, energy, manufacturing, and WASH among others. He was involved in financial modelling, market research and new market entry studies, due diligence, business planning and strategy, also supported and executed business acumen training activities. He holds a Bachelor of Economics & Finance.