Board Of Directors

Giulia McPherson

Chair

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Giulia McPherson is the Assistant Director for Policy at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, a non-governmental organization operating in more than 50 countries to meet the educational, health, and social needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. She develops and promotes policy positions related to refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons and advances a community engagement program to educate and mobilize advocates on behalf of JRS’ mission.Prior to joining JRS, Giulia was a member of CARE USA’s Policy and Advocacy team for 11 years, most recently as Director of Citizen Advocacy. In this capacity, she coordinated CARE’s national efforts to build and mobilize constituencies on behalf of U.S. policies that support the fight against global poverty. She has extensive experience in policy analysis, government relations and communications as it relates to advancing a diverse advocacy agenda, including work on the International Affairs Budget, gender-based violence and conflict-affected areas.Giulia has worked in Italy and Peru for the Italian NGO CESVI as well as the Nonprofit Sector & Philanthropy Program at The Aspen Institute.Giulia has a Bachelors in Political Science from Villanova University and a Masters in International Development Studies from The George Washington University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Educate2Envision International, an NGO working to empower young people in Honduras, and is an appointed Commissioner on the Montgomery County (MD) Commission for Women, serving as Co-Chair of the Policy & Legislation Committee.

Kenneth Pon

Treasurer

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Kenneth Pon is a Certified Public Accountant, who has had his own practice in Downtown San Leandro, CA since 1986. After working for the State of California and a local CPA firm in San Francisco, Kenneth started his own local practice. A former two-term SLUSD Trustee, and current Rotarian in the Rotary Club of San Leandro, Kenneth has always been motivated towards building and improving schools for our next generation. Kenneth’s membership in Rotary opened the door to International Community Service by allowing him to participate in funding the school project in Pajarillos, Honduras. Kenneth received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of California.

Moises Lean

Board Member

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Moises Lean has worked at Oracle in computer programming for the past 20 years. He was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where many of his family still reside. He lives in Dublin, CA with his wife and two children.

Kurt Davis

Board Member

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Kurt is an AVP with Barclays Investment Bank focusing in the natural resources sector. He is a seasoned investment professional with demonstrated success in completing complex financial transactions and operational transformations, especially in emerging economies: with Crescimento Inteligente, an investment management and advisory firm in Africa; with Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm in Africa, Asia and South America; with Kukula Capital, a venture finance firm in Africa; with the African Development Bank; with Swicorp, S.A., a private equity fund manager with US$1.4 billion under management for the MENA region; and Bear Stearns (now part of J.P Morgan Chase), a global investment bank. Kurt has authored numerous articles exploring opportunities and economic change across Africa for the publications of Ventures Africa, Africa.com, and has published articles for the Harvard Africa Policy Journal. He is a member of both the New York and Massachusetts State Bar Associations having earned his J.D. in Tax Law and Commercial Law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. Kurt earned his M.B.A. in Finance & Operations from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Muthu Ananthanarayanan

Board Member

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Muthu Ananthanarayanan is a Senior Manager based in the San Francisco office of Deloitte Consulting LLP and is a leader within the firm's Strategy and Operations practice. He specializes in advising client executives in their growth strategy, merger integration, divestiture, enterprise restructuring and finance transformation engagements. Over the last ~15 years, Muthu has worked across Asia, Europe and North America, advising clients from Technology, Energy & Resources, Financial Services, and Retail industries. Muthu earned his MBA from the University of Oxford, where he was the recipient of the Richard Metzler scholarship awarded by the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF). Outside his corporate role, he also served as an advisor to an innovative social enterprise that used mobile technologies to deliver affordable healthcare in rural areas.

Karen Hoefener

Board Member

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After completing her bachelor’s degree from Wingate University and writing an undergraduate thesis on coffee trade, Karen Hoefener moved to China to teach English for the NGO WorldTeach. While there, she studied Mandarin and observed consumer behavior. Passionate about coffee and consumers, her progression to sales and marketing manager for Shangrila Farms was a natural fit. Her belief that all companies can be socially responsible while simultaneously generating a profit was put in place during her tenure at the social enterprise. Encouraged by her family, Karen returned to the United States and worked for the corporate restaurant company Restaurant Associates for nearly three years. She expanded her knowledge base by going to business school at Georgetown University and studying international business with a focus on consumer insights. Her love for all-things- coffee was exacerbated with her graduate thesis on engaging working women in the coffee house sector in third-tier China. Currently Karen sits on the board of the Louis Berkowitz Family Foundation, is publishing a cookbook and is starting a CPG dumpling company in Washington,D.C.