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The SPTF Secretariat has seven members and an advisor:


Laura Foose Bio
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Laura Foose has been the Director of the Social Performance Task Force since 2005.  She has seventeen years of experience in policy design and advocacy promoting microfinance development and poverty alleviation in developing and transitional countries.  She has also designed microfinance projects and conducted evaluations of MFIs.  As Secretariat of the Microenterprise Coalition at FINCA for five years, Ms. Foose represented microenterprise practitioner and advocacy organizations to donor agencies, the U.S. Administration, and members of Congress.  For 6 years, Ms. Foose was a working group facilitator for the SEEP Network and worked extensively in the areas of poverty assessment/outreach.  Ms. Foose is a professor of microfinance at Georgetown University; a co-founder of Woman Advancing Microfinance; on the Taxonomy Committee of “The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) project” of The Global Impact and Investing Network; on the Steering Committee of Truelift, and on the Management Board of The Rating Initiative.  Ms. Foose holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with specializations in international economics and business, and a B.A. from Brown University, where she graduated with a double major in economics and international relations.  She speaks German and is based in Washington, DC.
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Amelia Greenberg Bio:
Amelia Greenberg has been with the Social Performance Task Force since 2010, most recently in the title of Deputy Director.  Previously, Ms. Greenberg spent two years as a strategy consultant for non-profit organizations, first at Wellspring Consulting and then at Apollo Consulting Group, with a particular focus on the education and youth development sectors.  Since 2006, Ms. Greenberg has also managed several projects off and on for various organizations in the microfinance sector, including a summer-long evaluation in Malawi of a pilot microfinance program launched by Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA).  From 1999 – 2006, Ms. Greenberg worked in the field of economic consulting, primarily in the areas of international trade, wrongful termination, and finance.

Ms. Greenberg holds an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with specializations in international economics and international development, and a B.A. from Brandeis University, where she graduated in 1999 summa cum laude with a double major in economics and French literature.  Ms. Greenberg speaks French and is proficient in Spanish.  She is based in New York, NY.
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Cara S. Forster Bio:
Cara S. Forster has been consulting with SPTF since June 2010 and joined the Secretariat in October 2012.  Her previous work experience most recently includes two years at the SEEP Network where she managed capacity building projects for microfinance networks on the topics of client protection and social performance.  During this time, she was also the Global Facilitator for the Social Performance Working Group for Networks, a platform for collective action among more than 50 microfinance networks to advance social performance within their member MFIs across 4 regions.

Prior to SEEP, Ms. Forster spent almost two years at ACCION International, where she helped launch the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Smart Campaign.  From 2004 to 2008, she worked for E2Inc, an environmental consulting company where her work focused on project evaluation for EPA's Superfund program, as well as indicator design and case study development for various EPA programs.  Ms. Forster's interest in microfinance began with her Peace Corps service in Nicaragua from 1999-2001, where she coordinated a small savings and loan cooperative for single mothers.  

Ms. Forster received a master's in environmental management from Duke University with a specialization in sustainable development.  She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College.  Ms. Forster is fluent in Spanish and is based in Arlington, Virginia.
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Katie Hoffmann Bio:
Katie Hoffmann has been the Manager, Responsible Inclusive Finance at the Social Performance Task Force since 2013. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation and for the Advocacy Project in Kampala Uganda, where she focused on small business development. Ms. Hoffmann spent three years working as a business journalist at Bloomberg News in New York and has also worked as a reporter for the Olympic News Service in Beijing and The Times of London.  She holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with specializations in international business diplomacy and international development, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a double major in journalism and international relations. She speaks Spanish and is based in Washington, D.C.
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Leah Wardle Bio:
Leah Nedderman Wardle has been with the Social Performance Task Force since 2009, most recently in the title of Senior Social Performance Specialist. In addition, she is a Tool Development Specialist for the Smart Campaign of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International. Previously, she was the Director of Social Performance Management for Haiti’s largest MFI, Fonkoze. Leah is a Steering Committee member for Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) DC. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and sociology from the University of Notre Dame and master’s degrees in public policy and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole. She is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Leticia Emme Bio:  
Leticia Emme has been an Associate of the Social Performance Task Force since 2012. In addition, since 2010 she has worked alongside entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop business plans that maximize their business potential.

Previously, Ms. Emme was a strategy consultant at Apollo Consulting Group, with a particular focus on non-profit organizations in the education and youth development sectors. Before Apollo, Leticia was an Associate at Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting) where she worked as a management consultant with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in her career, Mrs. Emme worked as a change management consultant at Accenture.

Leticia holds an M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina). Born and raised in Argentina, Ms. Emme is a native Spanish speaker. She is based in Darien, CT. 
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Tony Sheldon Bio:
Tony Sheldon has been Advisor to the SPTF Secretariat since 2005. He is the Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise & Lecturer in Economic Development at the Yale School of Management. He is also the founder and principal of Bering Consulting. Since 1990, Bering Consulting has been working with microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, primarily in the areas of financial management and business planning. Mr. Sheldon has also worked with several development finance networks and funders, including the Ford Foundation, ShoreBank International, the Small Enterprise Education ad Promotion Network, Women's World Banking, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), and the World Bank. His publications include CGAP's Handbook on Business Planning and Financial Modeling for Microfinance Institutions, the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network's Financial Ratio Analysis of Microfinance Institutions, and Women's World Banking's Principles and Practices of Financial Management. Mr. Sheldon has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale and an AB from Princeton University. He speaks French and some Spanish and is based in Sheffield, Massachusetts.  
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