Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe. Our central goal is to build the capacity of communities to direct the development of their own lives and livelihoods. Empowered communities are able to drive change when they recognize everyone’s needs, understand their rights and the natural and market forces that affect them, and are able to take collective action. Once empowered, communities are better able to build constructive relationships with government institutions, the private sector and civil society in ways that are sustainable. In turn, local government, the private sector and civil society have a greater ability to address community needs.

Our Values

Our values are four commitments that we use to define our work, our approach and who we are. We use these to guide our work and our behavior as partners for good. They are:

Committed
We do what we do because it is the right thing to do. We work with passion, enthusiasm, a belief in our mission and in our people, and we are determined to ensure our work results in tangible, long-term good worldwide.

Genuine
We work through relationships based on trust, respect and equity. We are diplomatic and sensitive to cultures. We work and employ locally. We believe that equality, shared responsibility and complementary strengths are at the core of our partnerships. We are accountable and insist upon ethical behavior in how we interact with the world around us.

Connected
We bring together communities, the private sector, governments, organizations and the full range and resources of our networks to improve dialogue, create prosperity, stability, peace and positive change. We learn from each other. We embrace technology as a means to better connect the world around us.

Purposeful
We are a resolute, forward-looking organization that embraces change in the world and among ourselves to drive new ways to achieve our mission. We bring clarity to complex issues. We are smart and responsive, business-like, and determined to innovate and find ways to partner more effectively for the benefit of our community partners worldwide.

Leadership

Board of Trustees
Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss

Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss
Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss became Chief Executive Officer of Global Communities in 2010, having previously been a member of its Board since 2004 and Chairman of the Board from 2008-2010. Prior to joining Global Communities, Mr. Weiss was Senior Policy Advisor at the global law firm DLA Piper for 13 years, advising on international trade and foreign policy matters. Mr. Weiss spent 18 years with the Federal Government in the following roles: Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps; member of the US Foreign Service; Economic Officer in Haiti; Staff Aide to the Secretary of State; Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State; Assistant US Trade Representative for North American Affairs in charge of NAFTA; and other senior positions in the Office of the US Trade Representative. Weiss received the US Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. He has a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. David Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; InterAction, the largest alliance of US-based NGOs; and is on the Board of Advisors of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's Global Pro Bono Initiative.

Chair

Governor Richard F. Celeste

Chair

Governor Richard F. Celeste
Chair

Richard (Dick) Celeste has an unusual career trajectory. Following his education at Yale and Oxford, he worked at the Peace Corps headquarters; as Personal Assistant to the US Ambassador in India; in real estate development; served as a state legislator in Ohio and as Lt. Governor. After a stint as Director of the Peace Corps, Celeste was elected to two terms as Governor of Ohio. Celeste then headed a small economic development consultancy until 1997, when he returned to India as US Ambassador. From 1990 until his departure for India, Celeste also chaired the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences. In 2002 he become the 12th President of Colorado College, where he served for nine years. He has been and is a member or chair of a number of corporate and not for profit boards. He and his wife Jacqueline have a son, Sam, who is 22, and he has six grown children from a previous marriage.

Vice Chair

Nancy Roman

Vice Chair

Nancy Roman
Vice Chair

Nancy E. Roman has a 25-year career spanning journalism, the U.S. government, business, and the United Nations. Ms. Roman is President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. Previously she served as the President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. Ms. Roman was also a senior official with the United Nations World Food Programme. Based in Rome, she supervised a global staff of more than 100 people, and was responsible for public policy, public-private partnerships, fundraising, and communications. Before joining WFP, Ms. Roman served as Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she established the Council’s congressional program, designed to integrate ideas generated in the think tank environment with policy decisions. Ms. Roman has also held a variety of positions including president of the G7 Group, journalist, and press secretary and foreign policy adviser on Capitol Hill.

Secretary

Dr. Hillary Thomas-Lake

Secretary

Dr. Hillary Thomas-Lake
Secretary

Dr. Thomas-Lake is a senior international development professional with more than 25 years of international development experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of expertise include philanthropy and partnership development, democracy and governance, conflict management, community-based social enterprises, corporate social investment, negotiation, and mediation across a range of international development sectors, including inclusive social and economic growth, with the principle focus regions of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Dr. Thomas-Lake is the founder and CEO of the Washington-based international development consulting firm HillTop Development Strategies, where she provides technical direction in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of ethical international development projects and initiatives. She has particular expertise in Africa and the Caribbean, with long-standing experience in Haiti. Previously, Dr. Thomas-Lake was the managing director and co-founder of LTL Strategies, where she designed and implemented development strategies and projects for clients in more than 40 African countries, as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America. Additionally, she has worked with the WorldSpace Foundation, the Africa-America Institute, the United States Department of State, and Africare, Inc., based in Senegal. Dr. Thomas-Lake is fluent in eight languages, including French, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyòl, and Spanish. Dr. Thomas-Lake holds a Bachelor's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a Master's degree in International Public Policy, a Master's Degree in International Relations, and a doctorate in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Peter L. Woicke

Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Peter L. Woicke
Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Peter L. Woicke has expertise in financial services (investment banking) and operational and strategic leadership of business in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the USA). He served as CEO of the International Finance Corporation and Managing Director of the World Bank from 1999 to 2005 where he focused on its expansion, particularly in frontier countries and high-impact sectors, such as domestic financial markets, infrastructure, information technology, health and education, and small and medium enterprises. Before joining IFC, Mr. Woicke held numerous positions and worked for nearly 30 years with J.P. Morgan, serving as Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive of J.P. Morgan Securities Asia. He also served as Executive Manager of JP Morgan & Company Inc., and as a member of J.P. Morgan's executive management group. There he had a diverse range of responsibilities, ranging from heading the banking division of a Morgan affiliate in Beirut to leading Morgan's global oil and gas group. Mr. Woicke is Chairman of International Advisory Board Oxford Analytica, Ltd. He serves on the Board of Trustees, Ashesi University Accra, Ghana. He also was a Non-Executive Director of Anglo American PLC from January 2006 to April 2013, and was Independent Non-Executive Director of MTN Group Ltd from June 2006 to March 2008. He served as a Member of Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG from January 2005 to December 2007. Mr. Woicke serves on the Board of International Youth Foundation and Aldwych Holdings Limited. He is a member of the Saudi Aramco board and a member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business board. Mr. Woicke graduated from the University of Saarbruecken, Germany, with a Master's of Business Administration degree in 1969.

Trustee

Joe Abbate

Trustee

Joe Abbate
Trustee

Joe Abbate is Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at ResMed and leads the Finance function for the Software as a Service (SaaS) business. He joined ResMed in January 2012 with over twenty years of experience in finance with companies such as Cymer, Sunrise Medical, Brooktree Semiconductor and Unisys, with his most recent role just prior to ResMed as CFO of a software startup. In addition to his primary responsibilities of budgeting, forecasting and analysis, he has developed his roles more broadly to involve operations, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from West Coast University. Joe has served on PCI’s Board of Directors since 2012.

Trustee

Erin Barringer

Trustee

Erin Barringer
Trustee

Erin Barringer is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Advisors, Regional Director of Dalberg Americas, and Co-Lead of Dalberg’s global health practice. She has over fifteen years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, foundations, governments, multi-lateral organizations on strategic planning, program design, innovative financing strategies, market entry and growth strategies, and monitoring and evaluation projects, including unique sector experience in global health. Before joining Dalberg, Erin worked at Endeavor Global, as a director of Endeavor Insight and at Acumen Fund, helping to develop a strategy for healthcare investing for the organization and evaluating healthcare and technology deals in Africa and India. Previously, Erin also worked for IMS Consulting, providing strategy and market access advice to top pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies around the world. Erin holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Arts (cum laude) from Harvard University where she majored in History of Science with minors in Health Policy and Latin American Studies.

Trustee

Ambassador Wendy J. Chamberlin

Trustee

Ambassador Wendy J. Chamberlin
Trustee

Ambassador Chamberlin was President of the Middle East Institute (MEI) from 2017- 2018. A 29-year veteran of the US Foreign Service, Chamberlin served as US Ambassador to the Laos People’s Democratic Republic (1996-1999), and to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002. Prior to joining MEI in 2007, Ambassador Chamberlin served as Deputy High Commissioner for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2004-2007) where she supervised the administration of the UN humanitarian organization with a budget of four billion dollars. During her appointment to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as Assistant Administrator in the Asia-Near East Bureau from 2002 to 2004, she established civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan and development assistance programs throughout the Middle East and East Asia. Her other leadership positions at the State Department included Director of Press and Public Affairs for the Near East Bureau (1991-1993), Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur (1993-1996), Arab-Israeli Affairs (1982-1984) and several postings as special assistant to the Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary for Political Affairs and Assistant Secretary for Asian Pacific Affairs. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has an MS in Education from Boston University and participated in the Executive Program at Harvard University. She holds an honorary PhD from Northwestern University.

Trustee

Rudy Cline-Thomas

Trustee

Rudy Cline-Thomas
Trustee

Rudy Cline-Thomas is the founder and managing partner of Mastry, Inc. Mastry, Inc. specializes in identifying investment opportunities for Fortune 500 companies, early stage start-ups and professional athletes. Mr. Cline-Thomas is also a founding partner of the Bloomberg Annual Players Technology Summit, which brings together top leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to discuss tech investing, trends, partnerships and future sports/tech initiatives. He is on the advisory boards of Pacific Pro Football, Inc. and Intent Ventures, an investment management company created to advance and support women entrepreneurs of color. He is also a board member of the Business Advisory Council for Providence College.

Trustee

John Duong

Trustee

John Duong
Trustee

John Duong is the Founder of Kind Capital, an impact investing platform and investment firm to drive scalable sustainable impact profitably. He was formerly the Managing Director and Founder of Lumina Impact Ventures, the $50M impact investing arm of Lumina Foundation. Previously he was Program & Portfolio Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, managing a $110+ million MRI and PRI investments portfolio across funds and direct investments, and making grants to further the field of impact investing. John started his career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in various roles including M&A advisory, credit risk analysis, equity research, capital structure optimization and corporate finance in both debt and equity products. John has extensive for-profit and nonprofit board experience including Cell-Ed, Upswing, BrightHive, EduNav, Credly, Global Communities, and AAPIP. John earned his BA degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University and holds an Executive MBA, with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship, from the Kellogg School of Management. Born in Cambodia, John immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. He and his parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge concentration camp and were sponsored to the United States by the Catholic Sisters of St. Francis in La Crosse, WI where he grew up.

Trustee

Claudine Emeott

Trustee

Claudine Emeott
Trustee

Throughout her career Claudine Emeott has focused on economic development, impact investing, and tech for good in both the U.S. and emerging markets. This work most recently led her to Salesforce, where she leads a $50M impact fund and invests in mission-driven enterprise technology companies in education, sustainability, and diversity + inclusion. The fund seeks investments with market returns, demonstrable social or environmental impact, and opportunities to grow the Salesforce ecosystem through strategic partnerships. Prior to Salesforce, Claudine directed strategic initiatives at Kiva, developing a new funding model for social enterprises and spearheading a new impact framework. Before moving to the Bay Area, Claudine spent the first half of her career in economic development consulting and has lived in Beijing, Chicago, and Kathmandu. Claudine holds a B.A. from Harvard and a master's from MIT.

Trustee

John Holdsclaw IV

Trustee

John Holdsclaw IV
Trustee

John Holdsclaw IV is Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the National Cooperative Bank, a leading financial institution dedicated to providing banking solutions to cooperatives, their members and socially responsible organizations nationwide. Mr. Holdsclaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of the national Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Coalition, Self Help Venture Fund, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, and the Charleston Citywide Local Development Corp. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has received the Capital Impact Partners Award for Outstanding Corporate Achievement and its Business Impact Award. Mr. Holdsclaw has received NCB's Stanley W. Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, bestowed annually to those who live and work with the spirit of the cooperative principles. Prior to joining NCB, Mr. Holdsclaw worked as director of policy and development at Capital Impact Partners, a nationally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) where he developed and implemented the organization’s first public policy strategy. In addition, John, a Head Start child himself worked at the National Head Start Association, which is the only national organization dedicated solely to Head Start that promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families as grassroots coordinator and associate director of its government affairs division.

Trustee

William C. Lane

Trustee

William C. Lane
Trustee

William C. Lane is a 40-year Caterpillar veteran and President Emeritus of the US Global Leadership Coalition, Bill is one of the business community's leading advocates for free trade and global engagement. As the leader of a global team of government affairs professionals, Bill has been responsible for Caterpillar's advocacy in support of competitiveness, trade liberalization and economic growth. From 2005 to 2007, Speaker Hastert appointed Bill Lane to the HELP Commission, a presidential committee examining the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Penn State and attended the University of Cologne in Germany. He is a 2011 Penn State alumni fellow and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He was also a certified management accountant.

Trustee

Karen Paterson

Trustee

Karen Paterson
Trustee

Karen Paterson is a Director of the Moxie Foundation, a San Diego- based foundation promoting social change through innovation in higher education, global development, climate initiatives, and medical research. Karen leads the organization’s work in the development sector and serves on the boards of Acumen, PCI (Project Concern International), and Street Business School. Karen was the managing partner of two real estate development companies in San Diego. She also spent two decades in marketing, holding senior executive positions in niche ad agencies and large department store chains before co-founding The Sutherland Agency, a global advertising agency in San Diego. Karen received a BA in Economics from Antioch College.

Trustee

Nancy Plaxico

Trustee

Nancy Plaxico
Trustee

With a background in international relations, Nancy Plaxico has spent most of her career in health care as an entrepreneur, and has worked in both the public and private sectors. After receiving Master’s Degrees from Columbia University in international relations and Asian studies, she began work at the US State Department specializing in China. She later joined the Office of Management and Budget, where her career in health care began and she covered the Centers for Disease Control and Food & Drug Administration. After moving to San Diego, she became a founder of Community Care Network (CCN), a health care management company, and helped grow it over 15 years to become nationwide. CCN was also a social enterprise, with most of its profits going to a foundation she helped found, Alliance Healthcare Foundation. When CCN was sold, $83 million of the proceeds went to create an endowment for that foundation, which continues to fund innovative community health programs in California. In recognition for CCN’s development, she was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego. She went on to work as an executive in other health care start-up companies, most recently as Vice President of Healthways, which became a global company serving 68 million people. She has served through the years on the boards of local, national and international non-profit organizations, and was a board member of PCI for more than twenty years. She was also Managing Director of the PCI board for seven years before its merger with Global Communities, when she joined the Global Communities board.

Trustee

John Potter

Trustee

John Potter
Trustee

John H. N. Potter is a Partner of Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, where he advises global clients on matters of strategy, operations, mergers & acquisitions. He joined PwC through the acquisition of Booz & Company, where he was UK Managing Partner, and led the integration of the two firms. Previously he spent 20+ years at Booz & Company and precursor firm Booz Allen Hamilton, helping clients first in North America, then relocating to the UK to serve clients in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to consulting, John flew aircraft for the US Navy, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. John served on the Board of Directors of Booz & Company and PCI (most recently as Chair). John received a B.S. from Yale University, a M.B.A from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and a M.M.M. from the McCormick School of Engineering (Northwestern University).

Trustee

William Stacy Rhodes

Trustee

William Stacy Rhodes
Trustee

William Stacy Rhodes has more than four decades of experience working in international development. His most recent role as Chief of Staff was in many ways a return to the Peace Corps, as he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia from 1968 to 1970. Prior to his role in the Peace Corps, Mr. Rhodes worked for a variety of international development institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Save the Children, and the Institute of International Education. Mr. Rhodes also worked as a career foreign service officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development where he served as mission director in South Africa and for Guatemala and Central American programs . He also directed the Office of Central American Affairs in the Latin American and Caribbean Bureau and served in Haiti, Morocco, and Nepal. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rhodes served as an attorney at the Department of State and in private practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Kampelman. Mr. Rhodes received his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Occidental College, a Master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Master’s degree in public policy from Duke University’s Sanford Institute. He also holds a law degree from the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Trustee

Lawrence A. Weitzen

Trustee

Lawrence A. Weitzen
Trustee

Lawrence Weitzen was born in San Diego in 1955 and it is still home to him and his wife Mary Lynn. He graduated from UCLA in 1977 and went into the insurance business for the Robert F. Driver Company which is now known as Alliant Insurance. After a career spanning 38 years, Mr. Weitzen retired to spend more time with his wife of 40 years, 5 kids, 12 grandkids and 4 great grandchildren. Mr. Weitzen served as the President of the Independent Insurance Industry and Temple Solel. However his service to PCI has been his passion which he shares with Mary Lynn. Together they have visited programs in Guatemala, Malawi, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Zambia, Indonesia and Mexico. Both Larry and Mary Lynn served as a Walk Directors in the 80’s and Larry has served as Chairman of the Audit and Development committees and Chairman of the PCI Board. Larry and Mary Lynn are inspired by the work of Global Communities look forward to continuing to serve mankind.

Trustee

Leocadia I. Zak

Trustee

Leocadia I. Zak
Trustee

Hon. Leocadia (Lee) Zak is President of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. A lawyer and expert on international trade, she served for seven years as Director of the US Trade and Development Agency. Prior to that she served as General Counsel and Deputy Director of USTDA. Zak’s accomplishments at USTDA include leading development of the Aviation Cooperation Programs in China, India and Brazil, as well as the Energy Cooperation Programs in China and India, and the worldwide Global Procurement Initiative. Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Zak was a partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. practicing in the areas of corporate, municipal and international finance. She served as counsel in connection with a variety of finance transactions for energy, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications and tourism projects. Ms. Zak was also an Adjunct Professor of Law and has taught International Project Finance at the Boston University School of Law, Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law Studies and at the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Zak received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, which has named her to its Women of Influence Gallery and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Executive Officers and Senior Management
Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss

Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss
Chief Executive Officer

David A. Weiss became Chief Executive Officer of Global Communities in 2010, having previously been a member of its Board since 2004 and Chairman of the Board from 2008-2010. Prior to joining Global Communities, Mr. Weiss was Senior Policy Advisor at the global law firm DLA Piper for 13 years, advising on international trade and foreign policy matters. Mr. Weiss spent 18 years with the Federal Government in the following roles: Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps; member of the US Foreign Service; Economic Officer in Haiti; Staff Aide to the Secretary of State; Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State; Assistant US Trade Representative for North American Affairs in charge of NAFTA; and other senior positions in the Office of the US Trade Representative. Weiss received the US Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. He has a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. David Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; InterAction, the largest alliance of US-based NGOs; and is on the Board of Advisors of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's Global Pro Bono Initiative.

President

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

President

Carrie Hessler-Radelet
President

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the President of Global Communities and the President & CEO of Project Concern International, a Global Communities Partner. PCI is a global development organization that drives innovation from the ground up to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls—resulting in meaningful and measurable change in people’s lives. Prior to PCI, Hessler-Radelet served as Director of the Peace Corps (2012-2017) and Deputy Director (2012-2015), leading America’s iconic international volunteer service organization with programs in over 65 countries. At Peace Corps she led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the agency to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Before being appointed to the Peace Corps by President Obama, Hessler-Radelet worked as the Vice President and Director of the Washington D.C. office of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), overseeing the management of public health programs in 85 countries around the world. Her decades of global health work also included serving as the lead consultant on the first Five-Year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy for the President George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), working with USAID in Indonesia on maternal and child health and HIV programming, founding the Special Olympics in The Gambia, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband in Western Samoa. Hessler-Radelet is passionate about empowering communities to discover their own sustainable, innovative solutions to poverty. She holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Boston University.

Chief of Staff

Sheila Crowley

Chief of Staff

Sheila Crowley
Chief of Staff

Crowley oversees both the strategic and annual planning processes and monitors and facilitates Global Communities' many moving and inter-connected parts, enabling teams to work more effectively and efficiently across the organization globally. Crowley previously served as Vice President of Volunteer and Institutional Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International where she oversaw its global volunteer impact strategy, which included developing and recruiting the next generation of Habitat volunteers. Prior to Habitat, Crowley served as Acting Director of the U.S. Peace Corps where she led 3,500 domestic and international employees supporting 7,200 Volunteers operating in 66 countries. During her time at Peace Corps, she spearheaded the development of Peace Corp’s five year strategic plan and implemented key program initiatives across global operations.

Chief Information Officer

Billy Blake

Chief Information Officer

Billy Blake
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Blake is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Global Communities, where over the past 19 years he has built the information technology (IT) department and global IT workforce. In this role, he champions the use of information and communications technology as a strategic enabler for Global Communities operations worldwide. He leads efforts to make use of technology in new and innovative ways that enhances the organization’s ability to carry out its mission. Mr. Blake provides strategic leadership to align investments in digital development, knowledge management and information technology with the organization’s business strategy. He is responsible for Global Communities technology roadmap that supports business process improvements, innovation, impact and organizational growth. Mr. Blake has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, specializing in cloud technologies, infrastructure, business systems, data, analytics, ICT4D, support services, management, governance and policies/procedures supporting multiple industries. Mr. Blake has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Shenandoah University.

Vice-President, Global Operations and Resource Mobilization

Jared (Jed) M. Hoffman

Vice-President, Global Operations and Resource Mobilization

Jared (Jed) M. Hoffman
Vice-President, Global Operations and Resource Mobilization

Jed Hoffman leads a team of technical directors, program managers and new business development experts who grow, oversee and support Global Communities diverse development program portfolio in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America. He also provides direct supervision to the new business development team that identifies and develops applications for funding to multiple donors in partnership with field programs, external experts and Global Communities technical directors and program managers. Prior to joining Global Communities in 2019, Mr. Hoffman was the Vice President for Resource Development in the International Programs Group of World Vision-US, where he led teams in the design of a diverse portfolio of global development programs. Prior to his VP role, Mr. Hoffman directed the Health & HIV Team at World Vision-US. While living and working in Latin America and Africa for 25 years, Mr. Hoffman worked as a journalist, researcher, and grassroots development/relief program manager. Among his roles, he served as Catholic Relief Services’ Global Chief of Party for the AIDSRelief PEPFAR Track 1.0 Emergency Scale-up of anti-retroviral care and treatment program. He led a consortium of 6 implementing organizations and 300+ local partner organizations that brought into treatment and achieved significant clinical outcomes for a half million patients in 9 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. He holds an MA in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, an MA in Ibero-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in English Literature and History from Denison University. Mr. Hoffman’s board memberships in non-governmental development organizations have included the Global Health Council, CORE Group, and Christian Coalition for International Health. He is the recipient of the Hope for Healthier Humanity 2018 Global Health Award for his career achievements.

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mario Jabbour

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mario Jabbour
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Jabbour is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Global Communities. In this role, he manages Global Communities’ financial operations, supervising global financial planning, grants and contracts, audit and compliance and information technology. Mr. Jabbour has more than 20 years’ experience in finance, accounting, compliance and audits. He served as Global Communities’ Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, in charge of general accounting and audits of Global Communities and its subsidiaries. He began his Global Communities career in 2006 as Internal Auditor. Prior to rejoining Global Communities in 2020 as Vice President, Mr. Jabbour was Vice President for Finance and Accounting at Blumont, where he had a broad supervisory responsibility of all financial activities. Mr. Jabbour has a Master of Science with emphasis on Finance and is the author of “Operational Auditing”

Vice President, Development Finance

Elissa McCarter-LaBorde

Vice President, Development Finance

Elissa McCarter-LaBorde
Vice President, Development Finance

Ms. LaBorde is Vice President of Development Finance at Global Communities, where over the last 14 years she has built the technical department that manages Global Communities’ microfinance, SME, and housing finance operations. In addition to her role as Vice President, Ms. LaBorde serves as the CEO of Vitas Group, a commercial holding company established by Global Communities to expand its microfinance operations with a particularly focus on the Middle East region. Ms. LaBorde has 20 years' experience as a microfinance practitioner. Prior to Global Communities, she spent 7 years in the field, having started up and managed two microfinance institutions in Armenia and Turkey, and serving as technical advisor to more than a dozen MFIs in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Ms. LaBorde has authored two books on microfinance mergers and continues to publish articles and opinion pieces that span a number of topics related to financial inclusion. She has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; and currently serves as adjunct professor of a Masters level course on Financial Inclusion at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Eric O'Neill

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Eric O'Neill
General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

As General Counsel, Mr. O'Neill advises Global Communities on legal risk, managing the company’s legal matters, and overseeing partnerships with external legal counsel. As Chief Ethics Officer, he provides corporate leadership and advice on corporate integrity issues, conflict-of-interest avoidance and Global Communities ethics adjudication process. Before joining Global Communities, Mr. O'Neill practiced law at the global law firm, DLA Piper. He has broad legal experience in the areas of government contracts, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, procurement ethics, internal investigations and employee corruption cases. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Department of Justice where he conducted internal investigations related to national security matters. Mr. O’Neill received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University School of Law and is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

Vice President, Technical Leadership and Support

Judith Robb-McCord

Vice President, Technical Leadership and Support

Judith Robb-McCord
Vice President, Technical Leadership and Support

Judith Robb-McCord is a senior global development expert with 26 years of experience across U.S. government and non-governmental organizations internationally and in the United States. Over her career, Ms. Robb-McCord has managed USAID health portfolios and teams in Kenya, Eritrea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia and served as PEPFAR/Zambia’s Senior Technical Advisor in the PEPFAR Coordination Office. She was Regional Director of the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa—Learning Community (MACEPA-LC), based in Zambia; and directed the USAID-funded global Maternal & Neonatal Health Program, increasing program reach to more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ms. Robb-McCord was also the global Director for the USAID-funded Every Preemie-SCALE project designed to catalyze action for improved preterm birth and low birth weight outcomes across 24 countries. Ms. Robb-McCord holds a Master’s degree in African Area Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Vice President, People and Culture

Peg Ross

Vice President, People and Culture

Peg Ross
Vice President, People and Culture

Ms. Ross is Vice President, People & Culture for Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner. In these roles, she leads the strategic human capital management efforts and initiatives that support the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of both organizations. Prior to joining PCI, Ms. Ross spent four years at Grameen Foundation, where she developed and led the Human Capital Center. Peg also served as the human resources lead on international microfinance teams in Bangladesh and Bhutan, working with local development finance organizations to support their strategic imperatives. Ms. Ross has been instrumental in raising awareness of the power of strategic human capital management practices in the development finance sector through numerous workshops and plenary sessions at regional and global industry conferences. She has also authored industry publications on strategic human capital management. In addition to her work in international development, she spent over 20 years in the private sector, where she held HR leadership roles in the real estate, legal, financial, and distribution industries. Ms. Ross gained additional international experience in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a Master’s degree in organization development with high dean’s honors from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder.

Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Melissa Silverman

Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Melissa Silverman
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Ms. Silverman is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Global Communities. She also serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PCI, a Global Communities Partner. In these roles, she works closely with creative teams to tell the story of impact and implement brand strategy. In addition, she manages advocacy and media engagement as part of a comprehensive approach to engaging key audiences and stakeholders. Ms. Silverman is a strategic communications professional with experience across the public and nonprofit sectors. She was appointed by the Obama Administration to lead communications at the Peace Corps and she has served as a communications director and speechwriter to members of the U.S. House and Senate. Ms. Silverman has worked on political campaigns at the national, state and local level and previously served in senior communications roles with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a division of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Vice President, Humanitarian Assistance

Pia Wanek

Vice President, Humanitarian Assistance

Pia Wanek
Vice President, Humanitarian Assistance

Pia Wanek has more than 15 years of experience in the donor community and the NGO world. She has directed Global Communities’responses for a variety of crises, including the West African Ebola epidemic, the 2014 war in Gaza, and the ongoing Syrian and Yemen conflicts. She worked for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance for six years, predominantly on East and Central Africa emergency response programs, and supported the civil-military portfolio at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and strategic planning and policy development at the Consular Affairs bureau at the State Department. Ms. Wanek has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and International Studies from Colby College in Waterville, ME and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Anthropology and Development.

Trustees Emeritus

Caroline Blakely

President and CEO, Rebuilding Together

Samuel E. Bunker

President, Philippine American Foundation

Don H. McCreary

President and CEO (retired), California Community Housing Management Services

Gordon Cavanaugh, Esq.

Gordon E. Lindquist

President and CEO (retired), Mutual Service Insurance Companies

Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.

Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company; Former President and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Partnerships

Partners for Good with Companies and Communities

Global Communities aligns the interests of businesses and communities to achieve sustainable results. For more than 15 years we have facilitated partnerships that demonstrate mutual strategic benefits:

  • Strategizing with corporate partners to reinforce stakeholder engagement, while improving the ability of communities to be more self-sufficient and advocate for their needs.
  • Building employee morale and teamwork through volunteerism, while helping communities capitalize on our corporate partners’ technical expertise and catalyze local capacity.
  • Identifying labor market skill gaps and potential target markets for corporate partners, while delivering improved workforce training and creating job opportunities for vulnerable youth.

We promote effective stakeholder collaboration and learning to increase the scale and impact of our shared initiatives. Through collaboration and knowledge sharing, we develop new solutions to grow sustainable companies and communities.     

Partners for Global Impact 

Global Communities current and recent partners include: BHP Billiton, Caterpillar, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Cummins, Goldman Sachs, IBM, John Deere, Noble Energy, TOMS, and Walmart.

Find Out More

To learn how partnering with Global Communities will support your company’s goals, please call our Strategic Partnerships team at (301) 563-1970.

Global Communities current and recent partners include:

BHP
CAT
Chevron
John Deere
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