I wanted to give a shout out to a peer in the microfinance industry.
There was good news out of the White House last week. President Obama intends to nominate Maria Otero, President and CEO of ACCION International
as the new Under Secretary of Global Affairs at the State Department. Otero will be a sharp, articulate, and inspiring leader. In selecting Otero, Obama brings one of the world's leading voices on microfinance into his circle. Since joining ACCION in 1986, Otero has expanded their reach to 25 countries on four continents. Not only is she a true leader in microfinance, but she is a qualified leader with serious skills that can really contribute to this effort.
Maria, I salute you and wish you many successes.
Drew Tulchin is Managing Partner of Social Enterprise Associates, a triple bottom line consulting company specializing in financial performance, social impact, and environmental sustainability. Information available at www.SocialEnterprise.NET
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