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
President & CEO

David A. Weiss

President & CEO

David A. Weiss
President & CEO

David A. Weiss became President and CEO 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

Caroline Blakely

Chair

Caroline Blakely
Chair

Caroline Blakely is President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. Previously, Ms. Blakely was a partner in charge of Cassin & Cassin LLP’s Washington D.C. office and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee with a record of excellence in corporate finance and commercial real estate. Ms. Blakely also served as Vice President in Fannie Mae’s Multifamily business. In this capacity, Ms. Blakely defined the strategic direction for the company’s growing asset management and counterparty responsibilities, while resolving large loan restructuring with zero loss to Fannie Mae. In addition, Ms. Blakely was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 DUS Lenders, including assessing the counterparty’s capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae’s balance sheet by conducing performing note sales and negotiated the first sale of multifamily mortgage servicing rights. Early in her career, Ms. Blakely practiced real estate, banking and corporate law at firms in the D.C. area, including a woman-owned firm she co-founded that specialized in matters related to the Resolution Trust Corporation. Ms. Blakely received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC).

Vice Chair

Governor Richard F. Celeste

Vice Chair

Governor Richard F. Celeste
Vice Chair

Celeste is a Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where he advises clients on India-related issues. Celeste previously served as President of Colorado College (2002-2011), U.S. Ambassador to India (1997-2001), Managing Partner of Celeste and Sabety Ltd. (1991-1997), Governor of Ohio (1982-1990), Director of the U.S. Peace Corps (1979-1981), and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1974-1978). Celeste is president of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, a Trustee of Glimcher Realty Trust and is Chairman of the Board for the Health Effects Institute in Boston. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Garden City Company and The Associated Colleges of the Midwest, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an advisory board member of the Institute of International Education. Celeste formerly served on numerous boards, including the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the American Council on Education. He Co-Chaired the Pacific Council’s International Policy Task Force for Study on India. Celeste received a B.A. from Yale University and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

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.

Secretary

Nancy Roman

Secretary

Nancy Roman
Secretary

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.

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

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

Kathleen Luzik

Trustee

Kathleen Luzik
Trustee

Kathleen Luzik is Chief Operating Officer of National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Ms. Luzik also serves as an Executive Vice President of NCB, is a member of NCB’s Executive Council and chairs NCB’s Operational Risk Management Committee. In her current position, Ms. Luzik is responsible for the operational activities of National Cooperative Bank, including oversight of Loan Servicing totaling over $7 billion in cooperative, commercial real estate, commercial and single family loans. Ms. Luzik also oversees the Retail Banking Operations as well as the Deposit Operations Team managing $1.9 billion in deposit and cash management products. She manages the bank’s relationships with the rating agencies and ensures servicing compliance with regulatory agencies. Ms. Luzik, who began working with NCB in 1991, has held various positions including real estate underwriter and business development officer, vice president of secondary marketing, and managing director of real estate lending services. Prior to working at NCB, Ms. Luzik was a financial analyst for the Patrician Financial Company (succeeded by Deutsche Bank/Berkshire Mortgage Finance/Berkeley Point), where she was responsible for the underwriting analysis of multi-family rental housing financed through FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily loan programs. She is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Housing Cooperatives.

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

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
President and CEO

David A. Weiss

President and CEO

David A. Weiss
President and CEO

David A. Weiss became President and CEO 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.

Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Programs

Lonna T. Milburn

Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Programs

Lonna T. Milburn
Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Programs

Ms. Milburn is an experienced executive in international resource mobilization and development in more than 50 countries. As Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs, she oversees business development and programs for Global Communities. Previously, she served as Senior Director to the Chief Operations Officer at Creative Associates International, where she re-engineered company business and knowledge management practices. Her work targeted youth, economic empowerment, education, crime/violence prevention, CVE, and transitioning countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Ms. Milburn spearheaded initiatives advising executives of NGOs and SMEs on sustainable business practices that have resulted in their development impact at the local and national levels in Africa and Asia. She has also served in executive positions for RTI International, Management Sciences for Health, and Abt Associates. Ms. Milburn has a PhD in Nursing with an emphasis in Administration and Health Policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a M.S. in Nursing from Loma Linda Univserity and a B.S. in Nursing from Walla Walla University.

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 10 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 15 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 Council and Chief Ethics Officer

Eric O'Neill

General Council and Chief Ethics Officer

Eric O'Neill
General Council 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 and Chief Financial Officer

Abhishek Bhasin

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Abhishek Bhasin
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Abhishek Bhasin is responsible for managing the finance, accounting, grants and management functions of Global Communities. He provides strategic guidance on investments along with conducting due diligence on investment and merger opportunities. Mr. Bhasin leads the annual A-133 audit process and also provides guidance on donor compliance. Prior to joining Global Communities, Mr. Bhasin was the Chief Financial Officer of Crew Cuts, Inc. in New York. At this post-production company, he was responsible for providing strategic guidance on acquiring and integrating two companies, then providing executive oversight for the Finance, Human Resources and Administration departments of the consolidated companies. Mr. Bhasin has a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University, received his MBA in Finance & Strategy from University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

Daniel Anthony

Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

Daniel Anthony
Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

Daniel Anthony has more than 15 years of experience developing humanity-focused communications plans in both corporate and nonprofit environments. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Events at Atlas Network, a nonprofit, non-partisan association of more than 485 civil society organizations in 90 countries working on governance, property rights, rule of law, and poverty alleviation. While there, he overhauled the organization’s communications strategy and led numerous communications trainings in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hungary, India, Nepal, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States. Additionally, he has served in leadership roles at the nonprofit, non-partisan think tank Illinois Policy Institute; at the consulting and advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi (Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability division); and at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology. He has a BA in Foreign Languages from Illinois State University and an MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Trustees Emeritus

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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