Secretariat

Deborah DrakeCouncil Director

30650244074_df81ce277e_qDeborah Drake is program manager of the Investing in Inclusive Finance initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. Deborah  directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in the developing world’s MFIs. Previously, she led Accion’s Financial Management Unit. Deborah  is co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. She is a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in Turin. Before joining Accion in 1990, Ms. Drake was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker. She is a board member the Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit Root Capital and its Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER. Ms. Drake is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Babson College. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Danielle PiskadloCouncil Manager

As part of the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Danielle Piskadlo works closely with investors making active, sustainable investments in financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. Danielle coordinates all of the Investing in Inclusive Finance projects, focusing primarily on risk management and developing the capacity of board members. Prior to joining the Center, Danielle  worked part-time with Accion Investments while pursing master degrees in international business at the Fletcher School and public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Boston, Danielle  worked in Beijing at Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance start-up growing the microfinance sector in China, and also spent time in Hyderabad, India working for Intellecap, a leading microfinance consultancy. She began her career as a financial analyst in San Diego. Danielle  has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Vermont and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Lizzy BozleCouncil Coordinator

Lizzy headshotAs an Analyst for the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Lizzy provides operational support for the Financial Inclusion Equity Council, Africa Board Fellowship and MENA Governance projects. Her work focuses on building connections and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for fellows of the ABF program through implementation of virtual dialogues, connectivity on a virtual platform, monitoring and evaluation of the program and alumni engagement. She also works with equity impact investors that serve the base of the economic pyramid.  Prior to joining the CFI team, Lizzy supported fundraising and development with Accion’s Resource Development department. She also worked in financial services and research for financial clients in Boston, MA. Lizzy received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

 

Deborah DrakeCouncil Director

30650244074_df81ce277e_qDeborah Drake is program manager of the Investing in Inclusive Finance initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. Deborah  directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in the developing world’s MFIs. Previously, she led Accion’s Financial Management Unit. Deborah  is co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. She is a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in Turin. Before joining Accion in 1990, Ms. Drake was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker. She is a board member the Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit Root Capital and its Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER. Ms. Drake is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Babson College. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Danielle PiskadloCouncil Manager

As part of the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Danielle Piskadlo works closely with investors making active, sustainable investments in financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. Danielle coordinates all of the Investing in Inclusive Finance projects, focusing primarily on risk management and developing the capacity of board members. Prior to joining the Center, Danielle  worked part-time with Accion Investments while pursing master degrees in international business at the Fletcher School and public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Boston, Danielle  worked in Beijing at Wokai, a nonprofit microfinance start-up growing the microfinance sector in China, and also spent time in Hyderabad, India working for Intellecap, a leading microfinance consultancy. She began her career as a financial analyst in San Diego. Danielle  has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Vermont and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Lizzy BozleCouncil Coordinator

Lizzy headshotAs an Analyst for the Investing in Inclusive Finance team, Lizzy provides operational support for the Financial Inclusion Equity Council, Africa Board Fellowship and MENA Governance projects. Her work focuses on building connections and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for fellows of the ABF program through implementation of virtual dialogues, connectivity on a virtual platform, monitoring and evaluation of the program and alumni engagement. She also works with equity impact investors that serve the base of the economic pyramid.  Prior to joining the CFI team, Lizzy supported fundraising and development with Accion’s Resource Development department. She also worked in financial services and research for financial clients in Boston, MA. Lizzy received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.