ACCION Names Donella M. Rapier as Its New Chief Development and Administration Officer

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2012 – ACCION, a pioneer and leader in global microfinance, today announced the appointment of Donella M. Rapier as its new Chief Development and Administration Officer.

Ms. Rapier will direct ACCION’s fundraising and administration functions, including facilities and internal technology programs. She will lead our organizational metrics initiatives with a focus on the coordination of social metrics. She will begin her new role January 23rd and will be based at ACCION’s Boston headquarters.

“We are thrilled to have Donella join ACCION. She brings enormous experience from her years at Harvard and Partners In Health,” said Michael Schlein, president and CEO of ACCION. “We are extremely pleased to have someone of her caliber joining us.”

Ms. Rapier most recently served as chief financial officer at Partners In Health (PIH), a Boston-based organization which provides health care and socioeconomic services and support to at-need communities in 12 countries around the world.

Prior to PIH, she served as Harvard University’s vice president for alumni affairs and development, Harvard Business School’s chief financial officer, and in various earlier roles at Harvard and Price Waterhouse. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University.

About Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.  We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, and over more than 50 years have helped build 64 such institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. Our impact investing initiatives are pushing beyond microfinance to catalyze more than 20 innovative start-ups dedicated to improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the poor.  And our Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger industry with high standards and broad engagement. Currently, our work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where we are the nation’s largest nonprofit microfinance network. For further information, visitwww.accion.org.

Media contact:

Ben Lebeaux, Accion
Tel: +1 617-625-7080 x 1037
blebeaux@accion.org

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