FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 17, 2020
SEATTLE, WA – Global Partnerships (GP) today announced the appointments of Alex Silva and Laurie Spengler as its newest Board members. Mr. Silva is the founder of Omtrix Inc., a Costa Rica-based privately owned fund management and financial consulting company specializing in the provision of services to the impact investing industry. Ms. Spengler is the founder and CEO of the impact investing firm Courageous Capital Advisors, LLC.
“We are honored to have Mr. Silva and Ms. Spengler join our dedicated Board of directors,” said Rick Beckett, CEO of Global Partnerships. “They are respected leaders in the impact investing community and are committed to GP’s impact-first strategy for expanding opportunity for people living in poverty.”
Mr. Silva, who previously served as the Central American Representative for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (now BID-Invest), has more than 30 years of experience in international finance and corporate governance with expertise in the evaluation and appraisal of financial intermediaries, financial engineering, and strategic planning as well as the design, fundraising and management of impact-oriented investment funds. He has in-depth knowledge of the Latin American, Caribbean, MENA, and Sub-Saharan African financial inclusion markets.
“Global Partnerships is a leader within the financial inclusion industry that I have dedicated my career to supporting,” said Mr. Silva. “I am excited to help Global Partnerships continue their work pushing what is possible with investing that is motivated first and foremost by maximizing impact.”
Ms. Spengler, who was recently appointed to the UK Impact Investing Institute, has over 25 years of experience in international development with a focus on strategy, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. Ms. Spengler previously was CEO of Enclude Ltd. and Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the Shore Bank and Triodos family of companies. Prior to building Enclude Capital, Ms. Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. She has developed expertise in structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow enterprises, financial institutions, and funds to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
“Global Partnerships shares my vision that there is much more capital can do to expand opportunity for underserved and marginalized communities,” said Ms. Spengler. “Joining the GP Board at a time when the issues confronting people and planet demand bold actions and solutions is an opportunity to support an organization that is demonstrating the power and effectiveness of impact-first investing.”
About Global Partnerships
Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-first investor whose mission is to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. For 25 years we have pioneered and invested in sustainable solutions that help people living in poverty increase their incomes and improve their lives, with core investments in health, energy, housing, and livelihoods. Since inception, GP and the funds it manages have deployed $441 million in impact-first investments in 155 partners, bringing meaningful impact to more than 19.3 million lives. GP currently has staff located in Bogotá, Colombia; Nairobi, Kenya; Santa Barbara, CA; and Seattle, WA.