Our Board of Directors

Accion's Board of Directors brings diverse experience from both the private and public sectors to the organization, including commercial and investment banking, corporate and nonprofit management, and international community development.


Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby’s.  She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion, Hot Bread Kitchen and Hudson River Park Trust.   Other board memberships include the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Women’s Health Coalition.  She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.


Ron Hoge serves as a director and consultant to several clean tech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently Chairman of Pinnacle Engines, an ultra-efficient, low emission internal combustion engine design company. Mr. Hoge has over 40 years of business experience with executive leadership roles in seven different companies on three continents from Fortune 500 firms to venture-backed startups. He was President of Cummins Brasil S.A, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onan Corporation (now Cummins Power Generation), President and Chief Executive of Magnetek, and President of a $1.5 billion aerospace division of Allied Signal. Mr. Hoge has served on a dozen public and non-profit boards over the years. In addition to Accion, he is a Trustee of the EARTH University Foundation and on the Board of the Population Media Center. Mr. Hoge has a BA in Mathematics from Amherst College and an MBA in Marketing from Stanford University. He speaks Portuguese from his years living in Brazil.


Phillip leads RIESE & Others, an investment vehicle in which he focuses on growth stage companies in FinTech and Data Analytics globally. He frequently serves on the board of directors or as a mentor and advisor to portfolio company CEOs and their management teams. In a separate practice, he and his wife Tracey provide strategic facilitation to help leadership teams capture or create opportunities for growth, respond to competitive challenges, and set strategic priorities. Prior to RIESE & Others, Phillip spent 18 years at American Express, retiring in 1998 as President of the Consumer Card Group and Chairman of American Express Centurion Bank. Before American Express, Phillip was division executive in charge of the Merchant Processing Business at Chase. Prior to banking and credit cards, he consulted to and held executive positions in the clothing and textile industry. He holds a joint degree in textile engineering and economics from the University of Leeds, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters Degree in Management from MIT.


Bob Annibale is global director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance where he leads Citi’s partnerships with global, national, and local organizations to support inclusive finance and community development. He also leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance financial institutions, corporations, investors, and municipalities to expand access to financial services. Since joining Citi in 1982, Annibale has held a number of senior regional and global treasury, risk, and corporate positions in Athens, Bahrain, Nairobi, London, and New York City. He serves on the U.S. FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, the boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Accion and the Citi Foundation. In 2014, he was honoured as a White House Champion of Change for his work leading Citi’s programs promoting immigrant integration and citizenship. In 2017, he was named by the Financial Times as one of the OUTStanding Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders for the fourth time. Annibale holds a B.A. in history and political science from Vassar College, and an M.A. in African studies (history) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

Shirish Apte was Chairman of Citi Asia Pacific Banking until he retired from Citigroup in 2014. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Citi Asia Pacific from 2009 to 2011. He was a member of Citigroup’s Executive and Operating Committees.

Shirish has more than 32 years’ experience with Citi in India, NY, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. His assignments with Citi include Regional Chief Risk Officer, CEEMEA, Head of Corporate Finance Investment Banking Central Eastern Europe Middle East & Africa (CEEMEA), CEO CEEMEA CIB, and co-CEO Europe Middle East &Africa. Before that he was Country Manager and Deputy President of Citibank Handlowy, Poland where he originated and negotiated the acquisition of Bank Handlowy, the third largest Bank in Poland by Citigroup. Between 2000 and 2003, he worked on the merger and integration of Bank Handlowy with Citibank Poland.

Since retiring from Citi in 2014, Shirish has joined the Boards of several banks and companies. He remains on the Board of Citibank Handlowy, Poland.

Other Director positions include: Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Chairman of the Risk Committee), Integrated Hospitals and Healthcare, AIG Asia Pacific, Clifford Capital, Singapore and Chairman Pierfront Mezzanine capital.

Shirish is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Calcutta University. He also has an MBA from the London Business School.

Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an emerging markets investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr has sponsored thirteen specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr Management has sponsored discrete funds for private equity investing in South Africa, Nigeria, Pan-Africa, Mexico, Korea, India and Sri Lanka.

Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Barry was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. from 1969 to 1982 where he was President of Rowe Price New Horizons Fund.

Mr. Barry received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1969 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1966 where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Barry is active in numerous not-for-profit institutions.

Titus Brenninkmeijer is a social entrepreneur whose work has focused on assisting global entrepreneurs to grow sustainable businesses through the development of commercially viable applications. Titus’ decades long experience in international retail allows him to leverage deep knowledge of consumer behavior and trends to help his partners successfully target current and future consumer needs. Before entering the solar energy industry in 2003, he spent twenty-five years in the retail industry in the UK, Germany, Spain, Brazil and US.

In 2005, Titus founded Solgenix, LLC, to support solar energy entrepreneurs in emerging and developed markets around the world. He is also a co-founding member and sits on the Steering Committee of the REDCO Alliance (Rural Energy Delivery Companies), a group of thirteen solar energy entrepreneurs from Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Brenninkmeijer serves as Chairman of the Energy Access Foundation, which he co-founded in 2006. The EAF is a non-profit organization devoted to providing support and funding for innovation in clean energy delivery in the rural marketplace in emerging markets.

He is a board member of Accion a non-profit institution that helps to build a financially inclusive world and TechnoServe a non-profit which supports entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Titus Brenninkmeijer is also a board member of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and of the Orpheum Theatre in Chatham, MA. He is a member of the Sustainable Change Alliance in Santa Barbara, CA.

Mr. Brenninkmeijer holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and resides in a solar-powered home in Santa Barbara, California.

Tara Kenney currently SVP for Boston Common Asset Management, an experienced investment manager and a leader in global impact initiatives dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social change. Previously, she was a managing director for Deutsche Asset Management, Inc., and acted as a portfolio manager for Scudder’s Latin American equity product for over 15 years. Ms. Kenney’s group had approximately US $6 billion under management in Latin America. She was also named a co-manager of Scudder’s Emerging Markets equity products. Prior to joining Scudder, Ms. Kenney was employed by Bankers Trust in their Latin America Merchant Bank from 1987 to 1994 and began her career at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. Kenney earned an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991. She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and did post-graduate work in economics at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica in Peru.

Barbara Lucas is a securities and banking lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in law, business and government. A former partner and chairperson of the banking department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Ms. Lucas has represented major U.S. and foreign banks, broker-dealers, primary dealers, derivatives companies and hedge funds on a wide range of banking, securities, corporate, compliance and governance issues. Prior to joining Cadwalader, she was general counsel to what was then known as Citicorp’s Investment Bank, with responsibility for oversight of all legal and compliance functions in Citi’s wholesale securities, commodities, derivatives, structured finance and foreign currency businesses in the U.S. and OECD countries. She also served as chief counsel to the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement and director of its Office of Policy Review, as well as special counsel to the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, in charge of its Corporate Governance Task Force and various regulatory initiatives, including actions culminating in passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A pioneer in the derivatives business and a long-time adviser to all types of financial services companies, she is the author of numerous articles appearing in a wide range of publications. Ms. Lucas received her undergraduate degree in English from Cornell University and her JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Elizabeth provides a broad range of financial and regulatory advisory services to clients in the United States and Europe, including assistance with matters related to safety and soundness, risk management, corporate governance, and capital markets. Elizabeth joined Promontory after serving as the Superintendent of Banks of the State of New York, where she was responsible for supervision of some of the world’s largest institutions and most of the foreign banks operating in the United States, as well as community banks, mortgage companies, and the overseas banking activities of investment banks and insurance companies. All told, she oversaw financial institutions representing $2 trillion in assets. She is well recognized for her safety and soundness and risk management credentials. As Superintendent, she introduced capital markets specialists to the examination teams, established targeted hedge fund reviews, opened a Tokyo office, and helped banks and securities firms comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the USA PATRIOT Act. In her early days as Superintendent, Elizabeth directed a $22 billion banker’s bank, following its liquidity problems. After the 9/11 attacks, she worked with banks, securities firms, and the Federal Reserve to get the U.S. markets reopened and functioning properly. She subsequently worked with federal regulators and top law enforcement officials to create mechanisms to help guard against the use of the U.S. banking system for financial terrorism. Elizabeth served as the chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and as a member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). She was an instructor on corporate governance at the Financial Stability institute at the Bank for International Settlements. She also worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs from 1985 to 1995. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts at Boston University and received a scholarship from the German government to the Common Market Program at the Institute of European Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany.

Michael Miebach is chief product officer for MasterCard. In this role, he leads the development, commercialization and management of the company’s global core products offerings, which include consumer credit and debit, commercial, prepaid and loyalty solutions. Mr. Miebach is also a member of the company’s Management Committee. Prior to assuming this role in January 2016, Mr. Miebach was president of the company’s Middle East and Africa region, focused on driving the evolution of payments and delivering increased value to MasterCard stakeholders. He joined MasterCard in 2010 from Barclays Bank PLC, where he was the managing director for Middle East and North Africa, responsible for the bank’s corporate, commercial and consumer business in the region. He also served as managing director for Barclays Africa. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Miebach held several senior-level positions over 13 years at Citibank in Germany, Austria, UK and Turkey. His experience spanned cards and consumer finance, corporate and investment banking, operations and financial control. He is a member of the Accion board of directors, providing insight and guidance to the organization as it works to support the two billion adults across the world lacking access to formal financial services. Mr. Miebach also is a member of the G-20Y Association Advisory Board. Mr. Miebach holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Passau in Germany.

Henry Miller has more than two decades of experience in communications and public affairs, managing the reputations, visibility and public policy issues of corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally. In addition, Mr. Miller has served as a managing director at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart (now Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), one of the top ten public relations firms in the world; as CEO of New York ’92, the nonpartisan nonprofit organization created to manage New York City’s hosting of the 1992 Democratic National Convention; and as deputy chief administrative officer of the City of Atlanta, responsible for external affairs. Mr. Miller holds MA and BA degrees in sociology from the University of Virginia.

Directors Emeriti

Michael Chu is the co-founder and managing director of Ignia, an investment firm, and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, joining the Initiative on Social Enterprises. Previously, Mr. Chu was president and CEO of Accion for six years. Prior to joining the staff, he served on the Board of Accion since 1989. Mr. Chu has extensive private-sector experience and serves on the board of various private companies. He graduated with an AB from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

Robert Helander is currently managing partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. From 1965 to 1976 he worked for International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), where he served as group vice president, general counsel, and president and director of several companies associated with IBEC. Mr. Helander is affiliated with a number of organizations with international interest, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fund for Multinational Management Education. Mr. Helander is also director of the Pan American Society, the Fundacion San Martin de Porres, the Americas Society and the International Center. Mr. Helander graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

Daniel Martin is an adjunct associate professor at Pace University in New York. He was formerly the president and COO of Milestone Scientific and the president and CEO of E-Z-EM Corporation. Prior to E-Z-EM, Mr. Martin was the president of Sterling Latina and Sterling Europe, with Sterling Drug, Inc. in New York. Before that he also was president and 50 percent owner of the Howland Martin Corporation in New York. Mr. Martin is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia and Peru, as well as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Peru. Mr. Martin received a BA in economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Rodríguez Arregui is the founder and chief executive of Ignia, an enterprise building investment firm based in Monterrey, Mexico, focused on investing in and developing commercial enterprises serving the base of the socio-economic pyramid. Formerly, he served as CFO of Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, and of Grupo Salinas’ retail arm, Elektra. He is one of the founders of Banco Azteca, among the two largest banks in Mexico in terms of coverage, and also worked at Accion. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui sits on the boards of Banco Compartamos, an Accion partner microfinance institution; Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; LASPAU; IMEF (Mexican Institute for Finance Executives); and UNIDOS Lo Lograremos, A.C., a Mexican nonprofit dedicated to the social integration of mentally and physically disabled persons, where he also serves as chair. Mr. Rodríguez Arregui holds a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics from the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

John Scott is a retired corporate vice president of CPC International, where he was employed for forty years. While there, he was responsible for the company’s capital expenditures as well as the coordination of its computer systems worldwide. Earlier, he managed businesses for the company in many Latin American countries. Mr. Scott is a graduate of Princeton University.

Nancy Truitt is senior advisor to the Tinker Foundation Inc. and president of Truitt Enterprises Inc., a development consulting company. Ms. Truitt has more than 35 years of experience in economic and political policy issues in the developing world, working with both multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Truitt received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA in management and international business from New York University. She serves as chair of the Board of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 and as a director of the Yorktown Land Trust.

Advisor to the Board

Sean Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early stage companies since 1998. He was most recently a Managing Director at Labrador Ventures, investors in more than 100 technology companies including Hotmail and Pandora. Before venture investing, Sean was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking, and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to Internet strategies. Sean also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunications networks. Philanthropically interested in education, social investment and microfinance, Sean is founder of Community Promise, an educational focused nonprofit. He is on the boards of directors of Freedom From Hunger and Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, and is the co-founder of Toniic, an angel investor group for impact investors, and Village Capital, a combination of YPO style entrepreneur support and business plan competition style equity investment. Sean is also on the Center for Financial Inclusion Faculty Council and the Frontier Investments Advisory Council. Sean is on the Professional Faculty of the University of California’s Haas School of Business. He teaches Venture Capital and Private Equity as well as the Ashoka Innovation award winning Microfinance Simulcast, which is broadcast in real time to more than 75 business schools around the country. He has also taught classes on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Sean received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (1988), and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business (1993), where he received the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students. He has been on the US National Amateur Triathlon Team and is a singer songwriter (www.myspace.com/seanfoote). For random blog entries, you can visit his blog at http://seanfoote.wordpress.com.

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