Global Partnerships’ team is based out of Seattle, WA, USA; Managua, Nicaragua; 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.
Kate Dillon Levin
Vice President, Investor Relations
Kate Dillon Levin joined Global Partnerships in 2018 as part of the Investor Relations Team that sources philanthropic and investment capital.
Prior to joining GP, Kate led marketing for an impact fund focused on community empowerment and sustainable land use, working closely with a diverse set of clients to define, articulate, and implement their approaches to sustainability and climate change. She developed an interest in engaging the private sector to catalyze and scale finance for sustainable development after receiving an MPA/International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 following a long career as a fashion model and advocate for women’s empowerment.
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, Africa Portfolio
Aaron joined Global Partnerships in June 2015 to head GP’s Africa office, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Aaron’s responsibilities include managing relationships with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as identifying organizations that are aligned with GP’s mission. Aaron has 15 years of relevant work experience, including 9 years of banking experience in Kenya, having worked with major Pan-African banks, including Equity Bank, NIC Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa and Bank of Africa, where he acquired relevant credit and relationship management experience. Aaron holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology from the University of Nairobi.
Vice President, Investment Operations
Beth is responsible for managing Global Partnerships' fund compliance and contractual relationships with investors and partners, as well as coordinating legal services 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, Credit
Nathalia is responsible for credit risk management across the debt portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean and sub-Sahara Africa.
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 relationships with all of Global Partnerships’ 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.
Investment Operations Officer
As the Investment Operations Officer, 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.
Cinthya joined GP in June of 2015 and is responsible for the administrative coordination of GP's Managua office.
Her responsibilities include human resources, office efficiency, supervision of administrative staff and service contracts, and coordination of purchasing process. She has an accounting degree from the Universidad de Tecnología y Comercio UNITEC at Managua.
Director of Investment Research & Impact
Meghan leads action-oriented research to define, implement, and continuously strengthen Global Partnership’s impact-first investment strategy.
She joined GP in 2019 as part of the Capital & Impact team. Her role at GP builds on many years of global experience advancing economic opportunity and gender equity, having held programmatic, strategy, and research positions at several global NGOs
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.
Sixta manages the relationships with GP’s partners in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
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).
Information Systems Officer
Tosten is responsible for ensuring all GP staff have access to the business information and software tools they need to do their best work.
He joined Global Partnerships in 2015. Prior to joining GP, Tosten worked with PitchBook Data in Seattle, WA, a provider of market research for private financial markets, where he was a trainer, business analyst, database administrator, and sales associate. Before PitchBook, Tosten served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, where he taught physics and chemistry in the local middle school and lead several community development projects. Tosten has a B.S. in chemistry from Western Washington University, and speaks French, Spanish, and basic Pulaar.
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.
Social Investment Associate
Esther joined Global Partnerships in August 2018 as part of the Social Investment Team based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Esther participates in the loan origination and due diligence cycle, providing support to the SIT to evaluate mission-aligned partners and social enterprises for investment. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Esther worked for the City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development. In that capacity, she oversaw the investment of public assistance to improve access to capital, stimulate the attraction of private investment, and support entrepreneurship and small business development. A graduate of Duke University, she spent time in eastern Nepal and Cairo, Egypt conducting ethnographic research with displaced populations, in Amman, Jordan working on conflict prevention, and New York City advising immigrants with the Legal Aid Society.
Investor Communications Officer
Matt is responsible for ensuring GP's work is communicated to all of our stakeholders including investors, the media and our partners.
He works with our international partners and staff across all GP offices to manage external communications channels and produce engaging content to support our mission. 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.
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, Africa
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.
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.
Investment Analysis Officer
Lily joined Global Partnerships in February 2016 as a member of the Social Investment Team.
She is responsible for the financial analysis of potential investment partners, monitoring of current portfolio investments, and supporting the senior management team with general economic analysis. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Lily was a research analyst at Portales Partners, LLC in NYC. She covered financial technology and consumer finance companies. Lily has a BA from McGill University, majoring in International Development with a concentration in Economics.
Gerardo manages relationships with GP’s partners in Argentina, El Salvador, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
His responsibilities include identifying and managing the due diligence process for new partners. Currently, Gerardo administers due diligence processes for organizations including coffee exporters that combine credit with agricultural value-added services. He joined Global Partnerships (GP) in August 2007. Gerardo has previously worked in the MIX analytical unit at REDCAMIF, a microfinance network in Nicaragua. His industry knowledge stems in part from his experience conducting multiple monitoring and performance evaluations of microfinance institutions in several Latin America countries and authoring the first benchmarking process in Central America. In his free time, Gerardo serves as a pastoral member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Managua. Gerardo holds an M.B.A. in business administration from INCAE and a B.A. in business economics.
As the Administrative Assistant, Olivia is responsible for supporting the administrative needs of GP’s Seattle headquarters and the GP Executive Team.
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. Public Health-Global Health with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Washington.
Gabriel Nicaise Tossou
Portfolio Director, Africa Portfolio
Nicaise joined Global Partnerships in April 2019. He is responsible for identifying and managing relationships with partners in sub-Saharan Africa Francophone countries.
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.
Research & Impact Associate
Sachi identifies the social impact and investment potential of new initiatives through research and field visits to prospective GP partners.
Sachie joined Global Partnerships in August 2018 as a Research and Impact Associate based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Sachi worked as an analyst on the Market Intelligence and Strategy team at Vestas, a global wind power company. There, she was responsible for policy and regulatory analysis, project and customer research, and strategic planning support. As a student, Sachi studied sustainable development and renewable energy in Costa Rica and Denmark, and worked for an energy investment firm in Istanbul, Turkey conducting research to inform the development of their first biomass plant. Sachi holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, with a concentration in Energy Studies.
Investment Director - Social Venture Fund
Lyndsey is based in Nairobi where she is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and executing investments into early-stage African businesses as well as providing post-investment support to SVF’s portfolio companies.
Lyndsey has over seven years of work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) supporting private companies, investors and development organizations to deploy capital and strengthen operations. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Lyndsey was a Principal at Open Capital Advisors (OCA) in Nairobi where she supported early stage firms to refine their business models, develop robust growth strategies and raise expansion capital. Lyndsey also led the development of OCA’s Talent Practice which focuses on supporting early stage firms to build, retain and develop teams for scale. Prior to OCA, she spent over four years with the Clinton Global Health Initiative (CHAI) designing and implementing public health initiatives in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa. Before moving to Africa, Lyndsey spent over 4 years as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman’s Finance and Risk practice in Toronto and New York. Lyndsey holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of Alberta and is a CFA charterholder.
Lisa is responsible for evaluating and selecting potential partners and developing and managing relationships with GP’s partners with a strong US presence.
She joined Global Partnerships in April 2016. Lisa has seven years of work experience in valuing investments in emerging markets, including recommending growth opportunities at Laureate Education and supporting new product development at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in International Relations and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Research & Impact Officer
KJ Zunigha joined Global Partnerships in 2014 as part of the Research & Impact Team and is responsible for evaluating the social impact of GP’s investments through the screening of potential investees and the ongoing monitoring of impact performance across GP’s portfolio.
She works closely with the Social Investment Team to advance GP’s impact-first approach throughout the investment process. Prior to Global Partnerships, KJ worked in monitoring and evaluation at PATH.
KJ is a double Seattle University grad, receiving her BA in International Studies and Spanish, as well as Master of Public Administration. She was born and raised in the Middle East, and in addition to Seattle, she has lived in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Spain.