Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Accion's Board of Directors brings diverse experience from both the private and public sectors to the organization, including commercial and investment banking, corporate and nonprofit management, and international community development.



Directors Emeriti

Advisor to the Board

  • Professional Faculty
    UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Board of Directors Bios

  • Diana Taylor

    Vice Chair
    Solera Capital LLC

    Diana Taylor is currently Vice Chair of Solera Capital LLC. She previously served as managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm. Prior to Wolfensohn, she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board.  Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby's. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion and Hudson River Park Trust. Other board memberships include the New York Women’s Foundation, the YMCA of Greater New York, Dartmouth College, the Mailman School of Public Health, the International Women's Health Coalition, and the Mayo Clinic. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

  • Titus Brenninkmeijer

    Solgenix LLC

    Titus Brenninkmeijer is a social entrepreneur whose work has focused on assisting global entrepreneurs to grow sustainable businesses through the development of commercially viable applications. Mr. Brenninkmeijer’s experience in international retail allows him to leverage deep knowledge of consumer behavior and trends to help his partners successfully target current and future consumer needs. Before entering the solar energy industry in 2003, he spent twenty-five years in the retail industry in the UK, Germany, Spain, Brazil and the US. In 2005, Mr. Brenninkmeijer founded Solgenix, an investment company with a focus on privately held solar energy companies in developed as well as emerging markets. He is also a co-founding member and sits on the steering committee of the REDCO Alliance (Rural Energy Delivery Companies), a group of 13 solar energy entrepreneurs from Latin America, Africa and Asia. Mr. Brenninkmeijer serves as chairman of the Energy Access Foundation, which he co-founded in 2006. The EAF is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing support and funding for innovation in clean energy delivery in the rural marketplace in emerging markets. He is a board member and partner of Phatenergy, a company focused on the installation of solar systems in Southern California, and Pod Generating Group, a Canadian company installing utility-scale solar systems in Canada and the US. He is a board member of TechnoServe, a nonprofit that works with agricultural entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Mr. Brenninkmeijer holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, and resides with his family in a solar-powered home in Pasadena, California.

  • Henry Miller

    High Impact Partnering LLC

    Henry Miller has more than two decades of experience in communications and public affairs, managing the reputations, visibility and public policy issues of corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally. In addition, Mr. Miller has served as a managing director at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart (now Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), one of the top ten public relations firms in the world; as CEO of New York ’92, the nonpartisan nonprofit organization created to manage New York City’s hosting of the 1992 Democratic National Convention; and as deputy chief administrative officer of the City of Atlanta, responsible for external affairs. Mr. Miller holds MA and BA degrees in sociology from the University of Virginia.

  • Tara Kenney

    Senior Vice President
    Boston Common Asset Management

    Tara Kenney currently SVP for Boston Common Asset Management, an experienced investment manager and a leader in global impact initiatives dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social change. Previously, she was a managing director for Deutsche Asset Management, Inc., and acted as a portfolio manager for Scudder's Latin American equity product for over 15 years. Ms. Kenney's group had approximately US $6 billion under management in Latin America. She was also named a co-manager of Scudder's Emerging Markets equity products. Prior to joining Scudder, Ms. Kenney was employed by Bankers Trust in their Latin America Merchant Bank from 1987 to 1994 and began her career at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. Kenney earned an MBA in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1991. She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and did post-graduate work in economics at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica in Peru.

  • Bob Annibale

    Global Director
    Citi Community Development and Citi Inclusive Finance

    Bob Annibale is global director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance where he leads Citi’s partnerships with global, national, and local organizations to support inclusive finance and community development. He also leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance financial institutions, corporations, investors, and municipalities to expand access to financial services. Since joining Citi in 1982, Annibale has held a number of senior regional and global treasury, risk, and corporate positions in Athens, Bahrain, Nairobi, London, and New York City. He represents Citi on the boards of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the U.S. FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and the Citi Foundation. Annibale holds a B.A. in history and political science from Vassar College, and an M.A. in African studies (history) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

  • Thomas C. Barry

    Founder and CEO
    Zephyr Management

    Thomas Barry is the president and chief executive officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an investment management company he founded in 1994. Zephyr sponsors 13 specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr’s private equity funds invest in Mexico, Africa (Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management Company) and India, and in debt of housing and healthcare facilities in the U.S. Zephyr’s marketable securities funds invest in stock markets of developing countries. Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was president and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Barry was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., from 1969 to 1982. Mr. Barry received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1969 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1966, where he majored in Latin American studies. He is a chartered financial analyst. Mr. Barry is active in numerous nonprofit institutions. Currently, he serves as a director/ trustee of TechnoServe, Trickle-Up and the Kucetekela Foundation. He was a trustee of Princeton-in-Africa from 2004 to 2007.

  • Ron Hoge

    Chairman and CEO
    Pinnacle Engines, Inc.

    Ron Hoge is a venture advisor for New Enterprise Associates and serves as a director and consultant to several clean tech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Engines, Inc. a new ultra efficient, low emission internal combustion engine company. Mr. Hoge has over 40 years of business experience with executive leadership roles in seven different companies on three continents from Fortune 500 firms to venture-backed startups. He was president of Cummins Brasil S.A, president and chief executive officer of Onan Corporation (now Cummins Power Generation), president and chief executive of Magnetek, and president of a $1.5 billion aerospace division of Allied Signal. Since 2000, he has focused his leadership efforts on a variety of venture-backed startups. Mr. Hoge has served on a dozen public and non-profit boards over the years. In the non-profit world, he is currently a trustee at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and a trustee of the EARTH University Foundation. Mr. Hoge has a BA in mathematics from Amherst College and an MBA in marketing from Stanford University. He speaks Portuguese from his many years living in Brazil.

  • Barbara Lucas

    Luness Partners, LLC

      Barbara Lucas is a securities and banking lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in law, business and government. A former partner and chairperson of the banking department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Ms. Lucas has represented major U.S. and foreign banks, broker-dealers, primary dealers, derivatives companies and hedge funds on a wide range of banking, securities, corporate, compliance and governance issues. Prior to joining Cadwalader, she was general counsel to what was then known as Citicorp's Investment Bank, with responsibility for oversight of all legal and compliance functions in Citi's wholesale securities, commodities, derivatives, structured finance and foreign currency businesses in the U.S. and OECD countries. She also served as chief counsel to the CFTC's Division of Enforcement and director of its Office of Policy Review, as well as special counsel to the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, in charge of its Corporate Governance Task Force and various regulatory initiatives, including actions culminating in passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A pioneer in the derivatives business and a long-time adviser to all types of financial services companies, she is the author of numerous articles appearing in a wide range of publications. Ms. Lucas received her undergraduate degree in English from Cornell University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.

  • Elizabeth McCaul

    New York Office Promontory Financial Group
    Chief Executive Officer
    Promontory Europe

    Elizabeth provides a broad range of financial and regulatory advisory services to clients in the United States and Europe, including assistance with matters related to safety and soundness, risk management, corporate governance, and capital markets. Elizabeth joined Promontory after serving as the Superintendent of Banks of the State of New York, where she was responsible for supervision of some of the world’s largest institutions and most of the foreign banks operating in the United States, as well as community banks, mortgage companies, and the overseas banking activities of investment banks and insurance companies. All told, she oversaw financial institutions representing $2 trillion in assets. She is well recognized for her safety and soundness and risk management credentials. As Superintendent, she introduced capital markets specialists to the examination teams, established targeted hedge fund reviews, opened a Tokyo office, and helped banks and securities firms comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the USA PATRIOT Act. In her early days as Superintendent, Elizabeth directed a $22 billion banker’s bank, following its liquidity problems. After the 9/11 attacks, she worked with banks, securities firms, and the Federal Reserve to get the U.S. markets reopened and functioning properly. She subsequently worked with federal regulators and top law enforcement officials to create mechanisms to help guard against the use of the U.S. banking system for financial terrorism. Elizabeth served as the chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and as a member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).  She was an instructor on corporate governance at the Financial Stability institute at the Bank for International Settlements. She also worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs from 1985 to 1995. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts at Boston University and received a scholarship from the German government to the Common Market Program at the Institute of European Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany.

  • Michael Miebach

    Chief Product Officer

    Michael Miebach is chief product officer for MasterCard. In this role, he leads the development, commercialization and management of the company’s global core products offerings, which include consumer credit and debit, commercial, prepaid and loyalty solutions. Mr. Miebach is also a member of the company’s Management Committee. Prior to assuming this role in January 2016, Mr. Miebach was president of the company’s Middle East and Africa region, focused on driving the evolution of payments and delivering increased value to MasterCard stakeholders. He joined MasterCard in 2010 from Barclays Bank PLC, where he was the managing director for Middle East and North Africa, responsible for the bank’s corporate, commercial and consumer business in the region. He also served as managing director for Barclays Africa. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Miebach held several senior-level positions over 13 years at Citibank in Germany, Austria, UK and Turkey. His experience spanned cards and consumer finance, corporate and investment banking, operations and financial control. He is a member of the Accion board of directors, providing insight and guidance to the organization as it works to support the two billion adults across the world lacking access to formal financial services. Mr. Miebach also is a member of the G-20Y Association Advisory Board. Mr. Miebach holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Passau in Germany.

  • Phillip Riese


    Phillip Riese formed RIESE & OTHERS after more than 20 years in financial services, 18 of which were in leadership roles at American Express. He retired from American Express in 1998 as president of the Consumer Card Group and chairman of American Express Centurion Bank. Prior to his work in banking and credit cards, he consulted to and held a number of executive positions in the clothing and textile industry. At RIESE & OTHERS, he manages a broad portfolio of investments, primarily focused on fintech and data analytics, and often serves on the board of directors or as a mentor and advisor to the CEOs and management teams of those companies. He holds a joint degree in textile engineering and economics from Leeds University in England, an MBA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and a master’s degree in management from MIT.

  • Michael Chu

    Senior Lecturer
    Harvard Business School
    Co-Founder and Managing Director

    Michael Chu is the co-founder and managing director of Ignia, an investment firm, and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, joining the Initiative on Social Enterprises. Previously, Mr. Chu was president and CEO of Accion for six years. Prior to joining the staff, he served on the Board of Accion since 1989. Mr. Chu has extensive private-sector experience and serves on the board of various private companies. He graduated with an AB from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

  • Robert Helander

    Managing Partner
    InterConsult LLP

    Robert Helander is currently managing partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. From 1965 to 1976 he worked for International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), where he served as group vice president, general counsel, and president and director of several companies associated with IBEC. Mr. Helander is affiliated with a number of organizations with international interest, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fund for Multinational Management Education. Mr. Helander is also director of the Pan American Society, the Fundacion San Martin de Porres, the Americas Society and the International Center.Mr. Helander graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

  • Daniel Martin

    Associate Professor
    Pace University

    Daniel Martin is an associate professor at Pace University in New York.  He was formerly the president and COO of Milestone Scientific and the president and CEO of E-Z-EM Corporation. Prior to E-Z-EM, Mr. Martin was the president of Sterling Latina and Sterling Europe, with Sterling Drug, Inc. in New York. Before that he also was president and 50 percent owner of the Howland Martin Corporation in New York. Mr. Martin is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia and Peru, as well as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Peru. Mr. Martin received a BA in economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

  • Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui

    Managing Partner

    Mr. Rodríguez Arregui is the founder and chief executive of Ignia, an enterprise building investment firm based in Monterrey, Mexico, focused on investing in and developing commercial enterprises serving the base of the socio-economic pyramid. Formerly, he served as CFO of Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, and of Grupo Salinas’ retail arm, Elektra. He is one of the founders of Banco Azteca, among the two largest banks in Mexico in terms of coverage, and also worked at Accion. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui sits on the boards of Banco Compartamos, an Accion partner microfinance institution; Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; LASPAU; IMEF (Mexican Institute for Finance Executives); and UNIDOS Lo Lograremos, A.C., a Mexican nonprofit dedicated to the social integration of mentally and physically disabled persons, where he also serves as chair. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui holds a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics from the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

  • John Scott

    Retired Corporate Vice President
    CPC International

    John Scott is a retired corporate vice president of CPC International, where he was employed for forty years. While there, he was responsible for the company’s capital expenditures as well as the coordination of its computer systems worldwide.  Earlier, he managed businesses for the company in many Latin American countries.  Mr. Scott is a graduate of Princeton University.

  • Nancy Sherwood Truitt

    Truitt Enterprises, Inc.

    Nancy Truitt is senior advisor to the Tinker Foundation Inc. and president of Truitt Enterprises Inc., a development consulting company. Ms. Truitt has more than 35 years of experience in economic and political policy issues in the developing world, working with both multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Truitt received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA in management and international business from New York University. She serves as chair of the Board of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 and as a director of the Yorktown Land Trust.

  • Sean Foote

    Professional Faculty
    UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

    Sean Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early stage companies since 1998. He was most recently a Managing Director at Labrador Ventures, investors in more than 100 technology companies including Hotmail and Pandora. Before venture investing, Sean was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking, and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to Internet strategies. Sean also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunications networks. Philanthropically interested in education, social investment and microfinance, Sean is founder of Community Promise, an educational focused nonprofit. He is on the boards of directors of Freedom From Hunger and Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, and is the co-founder of Toniic, an angel investor group for impact investors, and Village Capital, a combination of YPO style entrepreneur support and business plan competition style equity investment. Sean is also on the Center for Financial Inclusion Faculty Council and the Frontier Investments Advisory Council. Sean is on the Professional Faculty of the University of California's Haas School of Business. He teaches Venture Capital and Private Equity as well as the Ashoka Innovation award winning Microfinance Simulcast, which is broadcast in real time to more than 75 business schools around the country. He has also taught classes on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan's Business School, University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Sean received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (1988), and his MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business (1993), where he received the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students. He has been on the US National Amateur Triathlon Team and is a singer songwriter ( For random blog entries, you can visit his blog at

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