Staff

Andrea Jung President and Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. Ms. Jung joined Grameen America 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., where she served as CEO from 1999 through April 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through December 2012. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes magazine's "Most Powerful Women in the World," and 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 the General Electric Company, Apple, Inc., and Daimler AG. She also serves on the Committee for Economic Development, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan American think tank.

Shah Newaz CEO Operations

Mr. Newaz is the Chief Executive Officer of Operations of Grameen America. Mr. Newaz was selected by Professor Muhammad Yunus to replicate the Grameen Program in the United States. Mr. Newaz launched Grameen America’s first branch in 2008 and currently manages and directs all field operations. During his three decade tenure at Grameen Bank, Mr. Newaz worked with each department of the Grameen Bank Senior Management Team and managed over 200,000 borrowers. Prior to joining Grameen America, Mr. Newaz successfully replicated the Grameen program in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Newaz, holds a M.S. from Chittagong University in Bangladesh.  

 

Corporate Office

Katherine Rosenberg Executive Vice President

Ms. Rosenberg manages all partnerships, new technology and innovative products at Grameen America. Ms. Rosenberg’s expertise is in community development and public health through her work at New York Presbyterian Hospital as a research coordinator and the Peace Corps in Senegal. Ms. Rosenberg holds a B.A. from Union College and MPH from Columbia University.

Howard Axel Senior Vice President

Mr. Axel leads Grameen America’s fundraising efforts with over a decade of experience in the development field, most notably at The Trust for Public Land. In addition to his nonprofit experience, Mr. Axel has a background in the entertainment and social media sectors. Mr. Axel holds a B.A. from Brown University. 

David Gough Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gough joins Grameen America from Pro Mujer, an international microfinance and women's development organization with operations in 5 Latin American countries, where he served as CFO. He is a finance and investment professional with a 15 year record in finance and investment banking with Credit Suisse in NYC and London. David’s initial experience was in accounting and corporate tax planning for Credit Suisse in London and NYC. He switched industries a decade ago to work in microfinance, eager to find ways to solve social issues through market based solutions. Mr. Gough speaks Spanish fluently and holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an LL.B from the University of London King’s College School of Law.

Diana Sacchi Senior Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer

Ms. Sacchi joined Grameen America with nearly thirty years of global experience achieving strategic business goals as a Senior Human Resources leader. Most recently, she served as Director and Chief Human Resources Officer at LG Electronics USA, and before that as the Vice President of Global Human Resources at Avon Products, Inc. with roles in Europe, Asia Pacific and at HQ. Ms. Sacchi has a M.Ed. and M.A. in Organizational and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Bjorn C. Sorenson General Counsel

Mr. Sorenson advises Grameen America on all aspects of its policies, procedures and programs, manages the legal function of the organization and advises on legal aspects of strategic growth initiatives. Mr. Sorenson joins Grameen America from the law firm of Skadden Arps, where he was a senior associate in the Banking practice. He holds a BA from Western Michigan University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a JD from American University Washington College of Law. 

Lucia Franzese Vice President, Strategy

Ms. Franzese leads the development of Grameen America’s strategic plan and national expansion. Previously, she worked with the Robin Hood Foundation managing various strategic initiatives, Innovations for Poverty Action in Peru, and as a nonprofit consultant.  Ms. Franzese holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Victoria Adkinson Director, Financial & Social Performance

Ms. Adkinson joined Grameen America in 2010 after beginning her career in the financial services industry as an Associate at Daylight Forensic & Advisory, a financial consulting firm. Although her background is in finance, Ms. Adkinson developed an interest in microfinance and non-profit work while teaching in rural India.  Ms. Adkinson holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in International Politics and Economics. She speaks Spanish and Italian.

Helene Bender Director, Human Resources

Ms. Bender brings over 15 years of experience in human resources management to Grameen America. Previously, Ms. Bender served as Manager of Human Resources at The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international nonprofit providing entrepreneurship training to low-income urban youths. Ms. Bender holds a B.A. from Colorado College.

Marcus Berkowitz Director, Strategy & Expansion

Mr. Berkowitz joined Grameen America after serving as a Kiva Fellow in Chimbo, Ecuador where he focused on streamlining and improving the flow of client data between Kiva and its intermediary. His background is in Latin American development and focuses on cross-cultural collaboration. Mr. Berkowitz holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 

Dave Policano Director, Finance & Business Development

Mr. Policano started his career as a leveraged finance analyst at Silver Point Capital. Before joining Grameen America, he was an associate in the Technology, Media & Telecom group at Barclays. He holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

Tanzila Salahuddin Director, Development

A native of Bangladesh, Ms. Salahuddin first joined Grameen America 2008 and holds a wealth of institutional knowledge for Grameen America and Grameen Bank. Most recently, she worked at Swisscontact as a Director in portfolio development. Ms. Salahuddin has a B.A. from Elmira College and speaks Bengali and French.


Sibyl-Michelle Akins Accounting Manager
Becky Asch Communications Manager
Martha Desiderio Intake Coordinator
Damien Engelhardt Impact Analyst
Patricia Ortiz Office Support Manager
Giselle Perez AmeriCorps VISTA
Rachel Rosenbaum Development Associate
Jaely Sanchez Junior Accountant
Claire Wiley Development Manager
Barbara Zajac Office Manager

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