WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 14, 2023 —

Global nonprofit Accion today announced the appointment of Linda Kirkpatrick, Mastercard’s President of North America, and Beth Hurvitz, global business and social impact executive, to its Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Linda Kirkpatrick and Beth Hurvitz to the Accion Board of Directors,” said Diana Taylor, Accion Board Chair. “Both bring extensive experience in the financial services industry and a strong commitment to responsible financial solutions as powerful tools to help reduce poverty and promote opportunity. This experience, together with their extensive knowledge of global markets, will help power Accion’s work to create a fair and inclusive economy where underserved people have quality financial choices and opportunities to improve their economic wellbeing.”

Linda Kirkpatrick is president of North America for Mastercard, overseeing the company’s operations and customer-facing activities in the United States and Canada. Linda brings a broad understanding and appreciation of customer needs in the company’s largest market. Prior to her current role, she served as president of U.S. financial institutions, managing and expanding the company’s business with banks, processors, and credit unions. She has held several other leadership roles across Mastercard, including investor relations, U.S. strategy and communications, global rules and standards, and business development, in addition to working on Mastercard’s initial public offering in 2006, and merger with Europay in 2002. Bloomberg Businessweek named Linda to the 2020 Bloomberg 50, its annual list of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have changed global business. Linda was previously named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Beth Hurvitz brings over thirty years’ experience delivering growth, impact, and scale to private and nonprofit organizations. Combining strategy and operations expertise with disruptive thinking, Beth built a consistent track record of delivering critical business results, effective and efficient operations, and global partnerships for the advancement of business and social impact across several organizations, including Visa, American Express, and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Most recently, as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Social Impact at Visa, she was responsible for creating and delivering the company’s impact vision to advance equitable, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth for everyone, everywhere. Currently, Beth continues this work through strategic advisory with nonprofits.

About Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit on a mission to create a fair and inclusive economy where underserved people have quality financial choices and opportunities to improve their economic wellbeing. We are the leading early-stage investor in fintech for inclusion and experts in digital transformation with decades of experience harnessing the capital markets to deliver cheaper, more accessible, and customer-friendly solutions for the 1.8 billion people left out of, or poorly served by, the financial sector. For more than 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 200 partners in 63 countries. More at https://www.accion.org.

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