Staff & Board of Advisors

Staff

Zach Greenberger, Technology Director
Zach Greenberger is an experienced technology executive specializing in social marketing technology. He served for three years as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations for Atrinsic, Inc (née New Motion), a Nasdaq-traded mobile content distribution and online marketing company. Prior to that, Zach was Technology Manager at Fox Interactive Media (FIM), a division of News Corp, where he supervised ad serving technology across a
diverse portfolio of sites including MySpace, IGN, and Rotten Tomatoes. Prior to joining FIM, Zach worked for six years at Intermix Media where he served as Director of Software Development in charge of content and marketing technology. Zach is founder of Fullbright, a Facebook advertising platform, and creator of Profile Banner, a Facebook app with over 5 million users.

Brendan McBride, Executive Director & Founder
As a researcher in Brazil, El Salvador, and Mexico, Brendan began to understand the powerful role immigrant remittances play in improving economic opportunities and standards of living in immigrants’ hometowns. Back in his native New Jersey, Brendan coordinated an outreach team that connected migrant farmworkers to medical services, an experience that got him thinking about the transformational power of well-targeted information. Brendan has also worked in affordable housing development in cities in the US for over ten years, including the development of systems to enable once-unbanked immigrants to become first-time homebuyers. He has written about microfinance, housing, and immigration issues for United Nations Habitat, Habitat for Humanity and as a Fellow at Kiva, and currently serves on the board of Finanta, a nonprofit that provides low-cost loans and technical assistance to primarily Latino borrowers in Philadelphia. Brendan earned a B.A. magna cum laude in Anthropology from Amherst College and a M.Sc. with Distinction in Urban Development from Erasmus University in the Netherlands. His thesis on remittances' impact on housing development was selected in 2008 as the winning master's thesis in the Inter-American Development Bank's Call for Research in Remittances and Development. He enjoys cooking, biking, and embarrassing himself in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Miguel Pachicano, Project Developer

Miguel is a student at Drexel University and is currently working on his degree in Economics. Originally from Chicago, Miguel has worked with the Chicago Park District, as well as the TCBY chain. During his time working with the CPD, he gained experience in coordinating, and planning. In edition, he trained new employees, and provided any assistance that park patrons or parents requested. While working with TCBY, he learned how to promote products and conduct market research. Miguel enjoys sports, television, video games, and food. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Chris Peters, Developer
Originally from New York City, Chris has coding experience in Python, Java, C++, HTML, CSS, and PHP.  Chris is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a multidisciplinary Associate in Applied Sciences.


Board of Advisors

Margarita Barrios Ponce, Owner & President, Plural
Ami Dar, Executive Director & Founder, idealist.org
Rosanne Haggerty, President & Founder, Common Ground
Jonas Milder, Director of Masters in Industrial Design, University of the Arts
Luis Mora, Executive Director & Founder, Finanta
Maria Sáenz, Knowledge Manager, Habitat for Humanity International
Premal Shah, President, Kiva.org
Dean Yang, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Justine Zinkin, CEO, Credit Where Credit Is Due

Margarita Barrios Ponce, Owner & President, Plural
Margarita Barrios Ponce is a strategic and visual communicator. As owner of Plural, a strategic communications consultancy for mission-driven organizations and cause-related initiatives, she brings together her extensive experience in strategy, branding and design. Her experience spans the profit and nonprofit sectors including work for The Museum of Science, Boston, The National Immigration Forum, Brandeis University, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Fidelity Investments. Margarita completed her undergraduate work at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a master's of fine arts at Yale University.

Ami Dar, Executive Director & Founder, idealist.org
Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org. Built in 1996 with $3,500, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web, with information provided by 90,000 organizations around the world, 70,000 visitors every day, and a staff of 60 in New York, Buenos Aires, and Portland. Ami is an Ashoka Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Allforgood.org. He was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and in Mexico, and lives in New York.

Rosanne Haggerty, President & Founder, Common Ground
Rosanne Haggerty is the President of Community Solutions and Founder of Common Ground, organizations focused on developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities.  She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow, and is a Hunt Alternatives Fund Prime Mover. Rosanne graduated from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historical Preservation.

Jonas Milder, Director of Masters in Industrial Design, University of the Arts
Jonas Milder is Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Director of the Masters in Industrial Design program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the College for Design in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, and a Design Diploma from The University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.  Jonas is principal of Milder Office, a furniture design and production company that distributes its own furniture system and also consults on work place planning projects for office as well educational environments.

Luis Mora, Executive Director
& Founder, Finanta
Luis Mora is the Executive Director and Founder of Finanta, a nonprofit lending corporation that promotes the economic expansion of diverse Philadelphia communities by lending to underserved segments of the market and providing bilingual technical assistance for small businesses and financial literacy training for borrowers. Prior to Finanta, he created and directed the CoreStates Community Development Corporation and Financing groups, the nation’s first nonprofit community development arm of a commercial banking institution. A native of Costa Rica, Luis earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of New Orleans.

Maria Sáenz, Knowledge Manager, Habitat for Humanity International
Maria Sáenz managed the Remittances and Housing Subsidies projects at Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)’s Latin American and Caribbean office, and is currently Knowledge Manager at the Housing Finance Department of HFHI. She has 15 years of experience in international management and applied research at civil society organizations, mainly in Central America. A native of Guatemala, she has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Perú and the US. Maria has served as a consultant to the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Program Fellow. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

Premal Shah, President, kiva.org
Premal Shah first began dreaming of "internet microfinance" while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +50 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine in 2009. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE Magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University. 

Dean Yang, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Dean Yang holds appointments at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. His areas of interest include international migration and remittances, microfinance, human capital, international trade, and crime and corruption. He is currently running survey work and field experiments among Central American migrant workers in the US, among Philippine migrant workers in Qatar, among potential overseas migrants in the Philippines, and on microfinance in Malawi and Mozambique. He teaches courses in development economics and microeconomics at the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. Dean has served as a consultant on development issues for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and in El Salvador and Perú. A native of the Philippines, he received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Justine Zinkin, CEO, Credit Where Credit Is Due
Justine Zinkin is CEO of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union and has overseen the dramatic growth of both organizations since 2002. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit and community development work. She previously served as Director of Economic Independence Programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and as Director of Workforce Development at Common Ground Community HDFC. Justine holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.S. in Population Studies from Harvard University's School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Brown University.