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U.S. Board

Vicki Escarra

Since joining Opportunity International in 2012, she has led several major initiatives to create a long-term strategic plan, rebrand the organization, streamline operations and increase global fundraising by 45 percent to expand the organization’s work around the world. One area of high priority is education, where Escarra has dramatically increased the number of loans available to help impoverished families pay for tuition, books, school uniforms and other expenses to keep kids in the classroom.…

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Alana Aldag Ackerson

Alana Aldag Ackerson is Managing Partner and President of Signum Investments, a quantitative and fundamental equity investment firm based in San Francisco, has been a strong supporter of Opportunity International for nearly 15 years. During that time she has worked at Opportunity’s branch offices in India, served on the national board of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity, been an active member of the Board of Governors and its committee on Colombia, and led Opportunity’s Technology and Innovation…

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Katéy Assem

Katéy Assem serves as Executive Director of Chicago State University. Previously, he was Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the North Carolina Central University Foundation, Vice President for Advancement and Research at Fort Valley State University and as CEO of the FVSU Foundation where he completed a $62 million bond program to build a new residential and academic village.

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Karen Robinson Cope

Karen Robinson Cope is a serial entrepreneur who has been CEO of 4 different companies over the last 20 years, all of whom had angel and venture backing. Most recently, Karen was the President and CEO of Prime Point Media, one of the largest alternative out of home advertising companies in the United States that was acquired by a publicly traded company in 2006.

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Sandra Davis

Sandra Davis comes to Opportunity with over 27 years experience in psychology, leadership consulting and succession planning. She is Founder and CEO of MDA Leadership Consulting, responsible for leading the senior team in strategy development and execution; developing strategic alliances around the world; working with clients on succession planning, CEO selection and development; and managing the company’s P&L.

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Peter King

Peter King spent much of his career with the Van Leer Group, an international manufacturing company, rising from personnel manager at group headquarters to group executive director of Van Leer International. Subsequent leadership roles includes chairman of Health Communication Ltd., chairman of AusAsian Merchant Bank, chief executive officer of Pratt Industries Australian Manufacturing and chief executive officer of John Fairfax Group, an international media company.

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Mark Linsz

Mark Linsz is the former Corporate Treasurer for Bank of America. Previously, he served as Global Markets Risk Management executive and Chief Risk officer for Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia.

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Barbara Lupient

Barbara Lupient is Chairman of the Board for her family's automobile and real estate businesses located in Minnesota and Kansas. Barbara is also a Trustee for Hamline University. Ms. Lupient previously served on various industry boards, as well as the boards of Citizen's Independent Bank and Methodist Hospital.

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Rich McClure

Rich is president of UniGroup, the parent of United Van LInes, Mayflower Transit, UniGroup Relocation, and UniGroup Logistics. He began his career with UniGroup companies as executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Van Lines and has also served as president of UniGroup Worldwide before being appointed to his current position in 2002.

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Jane Nelson

Jane Nelson manages special projects for non-profit organizations in Africa. Her primary focus is providing financial services to people living in poverty. She is also involved with agricultural development programs for smallholder farmers. Jane began her career in banking after receiving a BS in Marketing from San Diego State University.

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Elizabeth Perdue

Betsy Perdue is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, an international law firm with 1200 attorneys worldwide. A member of the firm’s Business and Finance Practice Group, she represents privately-held businesses and lenders in mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions, with a special focus on transactions to sell companies to their employees via employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

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Herve Sarteau

Herve Sarteau comes with over 25 years of experience spanning the fields of consulting, business development and investment management. Until recently, Herve served as Senior Partner for CarVal Investors, a leading Alternative Asset Management firm with over $10 billion under management, which he helped develop over the last 15 years, and where he held a range of executive responsibilities including global governance and strategy, as well as direct product line management across multiple geographies.

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Beth F. Johnston Stephenson

Beth Stephenson is originally from Hinsdale, Illinois, and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. Beth is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, from which she received an M.B.A. She has spent the majority of her career in private equity, including serving as a founding member of Willis Stein & Partners of Chicago, IL.

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Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson co-founded Riverbridge Partners, an investment manager for institutions and high net worth individuals, in July 1987. As Chairman and Chief Manager, he is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Investment Team and overall portfolio compliance to Riverbridge Partners investment disciplines. He has 31 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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David Tolmie

Dave Tolmie is a Senior Partner with The Edgewater Funds, a private equity firm based in Chicago, IL. Dave joined Edgewater in 2001 and has helped grow the firm into a prominent lower middle market buyout fund with over $1.4 billion in committed capital. Prior to Edgewater, Dave was CEO of Yesmail, Inc., a marketing services provider, which he led through a successful IPO and subsequent sale.

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Terrence Watson

Terry Watson is Chair of the Opportunity International-UK board, having previously served as a director and past Board Chair of Opportunity International-US. Terry is also the Board Chair of MicroEnsure Holdings Ltd., the micro insurance entity which was started by Opportunity and subsequently raised equity from a number of institutional investors (Omidyar Network, Telenor, IFC, Sanlam Emerging Markets and AXA).

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LeAnn Pedersen Pope

LeAnn Pope is a partner at the Chicago law firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. and is the founder and chair of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Class Action Defense Group.  She maintains a national litigation practice concentrating in consumer finance class action defense and multi-district litigation.  LeAnn has successfully defended national and regional banks in over 200 nationwide class action cases filed in numerous federal and state courts throughout the…

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Vicki Escarra
Global Chief Executive Officer
Alana Aldag Ackerson
Managing Partner and President of Signum Investments
Katéy Assem
Executive Director, Chicago State University Foundation
Karen Robinson Cope
Executive Vice President, NanoLumens
Sandra Davis
Chair and Founder, MDA Leadership Consulting
Peter King
Former CEO, John Fairfax Group
Mark Linsz
Former CEO Risk Executive, Bank of America
Barbara Lupient
Chairman of the Board, Lupient Companies
Rich McClure
President, UniGroup, United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit
Jane Nelson
Former Vice President, Bank of America
Elizabeth Perdue
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Herve Sarteau
Former Senior Partner, CarVal Investors/Cargill Inc.
Beth F. Johnston Stephenson
Founding Partner, Willis Stein & Partners
Mark Thompson
Chair, Opportunity Global Board
David Tolmie
Senior Partner, The Edgewater Funds
Terrence Watson
Chair Opportunity International UK and former Chief Risk Officer for Allianz Asset Management
LeAnn Pedersen Pope
Partner, Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

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