The Secretariat has 10 members:

Laura Foose staff portrait Jan2016 RZ   Laura Foose, Executive Director
 Amelia Greenberg staff portrait Jan2016 RZ  Amelia Greenberg, Deputy Director
 Cara Forster staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Cara S. Forster, Associate Director for Outreach to Latin America 
 Katie Hoffmann staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Katie Hoffmann, Responsible Inclusive Finance Manager
 Leah Nedderman staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Leah Wardle, Senior Social Performance Specialist
 Leticia Emme staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Leticia Emme, Operations & Special Projects Director
 Roberta Zapf staff portrait Jan2016 Roberta Zapf, Administrative Assistant
 Tony Sheldon staff portrait Tony Sheldon, Advisor to the Secretariat
 Michele Giroux staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Michele Giroux, SPTF Annual Meeting Coordinator, Communications Support
 Gihane Askar staff portrait Jan2016 RZ Gihane Askar, Communications Associate

 

Laura Foose has been the Director of the Social Performance Task Force since 2005. She has over twenty years of experience in policy design and advocacy promoting microfinance and poverty alleviation in developing and transitional countries. As a partner of Alternative Credit Technologies for ten years, she designed microfinance projects, conducted evaluations of financial service providers (FSPs), and was a working group facilitator for the SEEP Network in the areas of poverty assessment/outreach. As Secretariat of the Microenterprise Coalition at FINCA for five years, Ms. Foose represented microenterprise practitioner and advocacy organizations to donor agencies, the U.S. Administration, and members of the U.S. Congress. Ms. Foose was a professor of microfinance at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University; a co-founder of Woman Advancing Microfinance; and is currently on the Taxonomy Committee of “The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) project” of The Global Impact and Investing Network and on the Leadership Council of the Microcredit Summit. Ms. Foose holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with specializations in international economics and business, and a B.A. from Brown University, where she graduated with a double major in economics and international relations. She is based in Washington, DC.
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Amelia Greenberg Ms. Amelia Greenberg is the Deputy Director of the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), where she has worked since 2010. Prior to joining SPTF, Ms. Greenberg was a strategy consultant for nonprofit organizations working in a variety of sectors, notably education, health care, and after school. Ms. Greenberg also has six years of experience as an economic consultant, primarily in the areas of international trade, wrongful termination, and finance. While in graduate school, Ms. Greenberg also worked on several projects related to evaluating microfinance programs. Ms. Greenberg has an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, with specializations in international economics and international development, and a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in economics and French literature. Ms. Greenberg speaks French fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
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Cara S. Forster has been consulting with SPTF since June 2010 and joined the Secretariat in October 2012. Her previous work experience includes two years at the SEEP Network where she managed capacity building projects for microfinance networks on the topics of client protection and social performance. During this time, she was also the Global Facilitator for the Social Performance Working Group for Networks, a platform for collective action among more than 50 microfinance networks worldwide.

Prior to SEEP, Ms. Forster spent two years at ACCION International, where she helped launch the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Smart Campaign and pioneered the assessment methodology for client protection in microfinance. From 2004 to 2008, she worked for an environmental consulting company where her work focused on project evaluation, indicator design, and case study development for various EPA programs. Ms. Forster's interest in microfinance began with her Peace Corps service in Nicaragua from 1999-2001, where she coordinated a small savings and loan cooperative for single mothers.

Ms. Forster received a master's in environmental management from Duke University with a specialization in sustainable development. She graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in environmental science and public policy. Ms. Forster is fluent in Spanish and is based in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Katie Hoffmann has been the Manager, Responsible Inclusive Finance at the Social Performance Task Force since 2013. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation and for the Advocacy Project in Kampala Uganda, where she focused on small business development. Ms. Hoffmann spent three years working as a business journalist at Bloomberg News in New York and has also worked as a reporter for the Olympic News Service in Beijing and The Times of London. She holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with specializations in international business diplomacy and international development, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a double major in journalism and international relations. She is based in Washington, D.C.
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Leah Wardle has been with the Social Performance Task Force since 2009, most recently in the title of Senior Social Performance Specialist. In addition, she is a Tool Development Specialist for the Smart Campaign of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International. Previously, she was the Director of Social Performance Management for Haiti’s largest financial service provider (FSP), Fonkoze. Ms. Wardle holds bachelor’s degrees in English and sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degrees in Public Policy and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole. She is currently based in Austin, Texas.
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Leticia Emme has been with the Social Performance Task Force since 2012, most recently in the role of Operations and Special Projects Director. Leticia also backstops the SPTF Social Investor Working Group. In addition, Ms. Emme advises female entrepreneurs on strategic and operational issues. Previously, Ms. Emme worked as a strategy consultant at Apollo Consulting Group where her work focused on non-profit education initiatives and as management consultant at Mercer Oliver Wyman where she advised CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in her career, Ms. Emme worked as a change management consultant at Accenture.

Leticia holds an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina). Born and raised in Argentina, Ms. Emme is a native Spanish speaker. She is based in Darien, CT.
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Roberta Zapf has been the Administrative Assistant for the Social Performance Task Force since 2013. Prior to joining the SPTF she worked in administration with Oceana to forward its mission of protecting and restoring the world’s oceans. Previously Roberta worked as Executive Assistant to Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder of Ashoka, helping to promote social entrepreneurs and their innovative work within their communities. Before entering the nonprofit world, Roberta earned a Bachelors in the Visual and Performing Arts. She ran her own business as a professional photographer for many years, while managing other small businesses. Roberta is fluent in French and is based near Washington, DC.
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Tony Sheldon has been Advisor to the SPTF Secretariat since 2005. He is the Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise & Lecturer in Economic Development at the Yale School of Management. He is also the founder and principal of Bering Consulting. Since 1990, Bering Consulting has been working with microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, primarily in the areas of financial management and business planning. Mr. Sheldon has also worked with several development finance networks and funders, including the Ford Foundation, ShoreBank International, the Small Enterprise Education ad Promotion Network, Women's World Banking, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and the World Bank. His publications include CGAP's Handbook on Business Planning and Financial Modeling for Microfinance Institutions, the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network's Financial Ratio Analysis of Microfinance Institutions, and Women's World Banking's Principles and Practices of Financial Management. Mr. Sheldon has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale and an AB from Princeton University. He speaks French and some Spanish and is based in Sheffield, Massachusetts. 
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Michele Giroux has worked on building awareness of the Universal Standards at the SPTF since 2012. She manages logistics for the SPTF annual meetings and worked with the communications team to launch the new website as well as the SPTF Newsletter and Spotlight. Prior to working with the SPTF, Michele managed winning proposal and grant writing projects (including the $2 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project); co-created and co-facilitated a comprehensive presentation skills training program; analyzed and edited websites; and other communications and marketing consulting projects. Michele earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 
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