Mission

Building a nation without poverty

Founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. We offer microloans, training and support to transform communities and fight poverty in the United States.

 

Board of Directors

Chair, Board of Directors

Professor Muhammad Yunus
Grameen Bank

Grameen America

Founder

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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...

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Sila M. Calderón

Sila M. Calderón Foundation
Former Governor of Puerto Rico

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Sila M. Calderón, former Governor of Puerto Rico (2001-2005), chairs the Sila M. Calderón Foundation and 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...

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Michael D. Granoff

Pomona Capital, L.P.

Founder and 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,...

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Antonia Hernández

California Community Foundation

President and CEO

Antonia Hernández is president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. 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...

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Vidar Jorgensen

World Health Care Congress

Grameen America

Vice Chairman

Mr. Jorgensen was the principal proponent and organizer of Grameen America and Grameen PrimaCare. 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...

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Andrea Jung

Grameen America

President and CEO

Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. Ms. Jung joins Grameen America in April 2014 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.,...

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Hope Knight

Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

COO

Hope Knight is the COO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Prior to UMEZ, Ms. Knight was a 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...

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H.I. Latifee

Grameen Trust

Managing Director
 

Professor Latifee is an economist and Managing Director of Grameen Trust, the international outreach affiliate of Grameen Bank. Professor Latifee is one of Grameen Bank’s founding members. Before joining Grameen Trust in 1994, Latifee was a Professor of Economics at the University of...

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Mahmoud Mamdani

Morgan Stanley

Vice Chairman
 

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...

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John Megrue

Apax Partners, L.P.

CEO

Mr. Megrue is CEO of Apax Partners U.S., which he joined in 1988 and rejoined in 2005 from Saunders, Karp & Megrue. John is a member of Apax Partners Global Executive Committee and Global Investment Committee. He is on the boards of Advantage Sales & Marketing, Bob’s Discount...

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Director Emeritus

Ray Dalio

Bridgewater Associates, L.P.

Founder and CEO
 

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...

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History

Known as an innovator of microfinance, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”

 

Professor Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen America based upon the belief that Grameen Bank, a system that has succeeded with remarkable results in the villages of Bangladesh, could work in urban America, let alone in the capital of international finance, New York City. Grameen America opened its doors in January 2008, during the largest financial crisis of the modern era. Since opening, Grameen America has reached over 37,865 women in need and provided over 96,810 microloans.