Staff

Magaly Arboleda, Associate, Individual Giving
Madelaine Baer, Senior Associate, International Giving 
Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Product Research, Marketing & Financial Education
Jaclyn Berfond, Senior Associate, Network Engagement
Javier Borja, IT Manager
Sarah Buitoni, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity Programs
Theresa M. Clayton, Receptionist
Sara Elghobashy, Manager, Development
Sam Gagakuma, Office Manager
Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Maura Hart, Manager, Public Relations
Rokaya Helfer, Associate, Board Liaison
Christina “CJ” Juhasz, Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management
Renée Joslyn, Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Celina Kawas, Manager, Research
Gil Lacson, Manager, Network Engagement
Jennifer McDonald, Manager, Savings
Paul A. Munoz, Director, Human Resources
Ryan Newton, Specialist, Savings
Hilary Nichols, Senior Associate, Microfinance Products
Jorge Ordonez, Associate, IT
Allegra Palmer, Associate, Knowledge and Communications
Phoebe RockExecutive Assistant, Office of the President
Claire Rogers, Senior Associate, Project Coordinator
Maria Sanchez-Smith, Manager, Leadership and Diversity Programs
Cathleen Tobin, Manager, Product Research, Marketing and Financial Education
Bettina Wittlinger de Lima, Manager, Credit


Magaly Arboleda, Associate, Individual Giving

Magaly Arboleda is the Individual Giving Associate for Women’s World Banking’s Development team. She joined the organization in 2008 as the Operations Assistant. In her current position, she provides support to the Individual Giving Team by managing, cultivating and stewarding current and prospective donors; participating in the communications and conducting research as well as data analysis of Women’s World Banking’s individual giving base by identifying prospective donors, their motivations and barriers in contributing to Women’s World Banking. Magaly also co-manages the Young Professionals Network and plans fundraising events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College-City University of New York. Before joining Women’s World Banking, she worked for the East River Development Alliance. She is native Spanish speaker.

Madelaine Baer, Senior Associate, International Giving 

Madelaine Baer is the Senior Associate for International Giving of Women’s World Banking’s Development team. She has been part of the organization since 2011, supporting relationship management, proposal development, grant compliance and reporting for the organization’s international donors. She also manages prospecting activities for bilateral, multilateral and international government agencies. She earned a B.A. in International Development Studies from University of California at Los Angeles, and an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School in New York City.

Anjali Banthia, Specialist, Product Research, Marketing & Financial Education

Anjali Banthia is a Specialist of Women’s World Banking’s – Product Research, Marketing & Financial Education team. She started working for the organization in 2009, and is currently responsible for designing and delivering action-oriented research to support Women’s World Banking’s programs in savings, micro-insurance, credit and remittances, in order to bring the voice of women and girls to the design of microfinance product and marketing strategies. She also leads the organization’s ground-breaking research around violence against women and economic empowerment. She obtained a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her research has been published in numerous industry and academic journals and she has spoken about her work at various conferences and universities, including United Nations, University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Columbia and Yale. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Anjali worked for Ujjivan Financial Services. She speaks Hindi, Urdu and basic French.

Jaclyn Berfond, Senior Associate, Network Engagement

Jaclyn Berfond is the Senior Associate for the Network Engagement team of Women’s World Banking. She started working for the organization in 2011, managing knowledge and capacity building programs for the organization’s network of microfinance institutions. She also leads monitoring initiatives, including the analysis of network financial and social performance data, and the Women’s World Banking’s Gender Performance Initiative to create a framework of indicators in the subject. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, and a Master’s of Business Administration in International Organizations from the University of Geneva. Jaclyn recently participated in Women Advancing Microfinance Network group in New York City event as an Industry Leader speaker. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management.

Javier Borja, IT Manager

Javier Borja is the Information Technology Manager at the Women’s World Banking’s IT team. Since 2007, he has developed the organization’s IT strategy and manages all IT projects for Women’s World Banking, ensuring the best outcome for each deliverable. His work’s goal is to improve the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of the organization’s workforce and enhance the availability and usefulness of information to all users. Javier obtained a B.S. from the New York Institute of Technology. Prior to becoming part of Women’s World Banking, Javier worked for the United States of America Marine Corps.

Sarah Buitoni, Specialist, Leadership and Diversity Programs

Sarah Buitoni is a Specialist for the Leadership programs at Women’s World Banking. She has worked for the organization since 2009 as project manager and trainer for individual capacity building programs, including the signature Women in Leadership Program, Senior Management Program and specialized Leadership Exchanges. She leads the monitoring and evaluation of these activities and manages alumni relations for the Center through the development and sustainment of virtual peer-learning networks. As part of Women’s World Banking’s organizational support for gender diversity practice, Sarah also works with institutional partners to conduct in-depth research and consultancy to improve and maintain workforce diversity at all levels. She earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Barnard College, and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Sarah has worked for UNICEF, Women’s Refugee Commission, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Institute of International Education.

Theresa M. Clayton, Receptionist

Theresa M. Clayton is the Receptionist at Women’s World Banking. Theresa came to the organization from Harlem Children’s Zone in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at CUNY: John Jay College in New York City.

Sara Elghobashy, Manager, Development

 

Sam Gagakuma, Office Manager

Sam Gagakuma serves as Office Manager at the Administration’s team of Women’s World Banking. He has been part of the organization since 1992, managing the general workspace of the organization and providing logistical and administrative support onsite and for external events. He graduated from New York University as a Certified Translator, and as Legal Secretary from Lehman College at the City University of New York. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Sam worked with the University of Ghana, Air Afrique and Gaseteria Oil Corporation.

Gayle Gatchalian, Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications

Gayle Gatchalian is the Senior Associate for Knowledge and Communications at Women’s World Banking’s Global Marketing and Communications team. She joined the team in 2012, developing the organization’s online and social media strategy; identifying new opportunities for digital engagement and partnership; supporting online fundraising efforts; creating content and managing the organization’s online communities. She earned a B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. As content creator, Gayle is able to interact with various parts of Women’s World Banking in order to tell the story of the institution’s work. Among other responsibilities, she cooperates with outside consulting firms to produce various web, print and event needs. Before coming to Women’s World Banking, she worked at Day One New York, Disney Consumer Products and the Asian Journal. She is a native English and Filipino speaker.

Follow Gayle on Twitter: @savantemeritus

Maura Hart, Manager, Public Relations

Maura Hart is the Manager for Public Relations with Women’s World Banking’s Global Marketing and Communications team. She joined the team in 2013 to develop and implement the organization’s public relations strategy. Maura also serves as Communications and Public Relations Manager for the Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort by a number of leading international organizations that promote microfinance around the world, of which Women’s World Banking is a member. Maura’s previous experience includes the international relief and development organization Oxfam America, where she served as Senior Press Officer promoting the organization’s humanitarian crisis response around the world, and GMMB, an integrated strategic communications firm and advertising agency known for its work with political leaders, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and CSR. Maura holds a BA in Communication from Boston University.

Follow Maura on Twitter: @maura508

Rokaya Helfer, Associate, Board Liaison

Rokaya Helfer joined Women’s World Banking in 2014. As the Board Liaison Associate, she serves as the contact between the President’s Office and the Boards of Directors, in addition to working on various strategic projects alongside the Communications and Development teams. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Rokaya worked at West, Thomson Reuters, and Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. She holds a B.A. in History from Boston University.

Renée Joslyn, Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships

Renée Joslyn is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at Women’s World Banking. She develops and manages collaborative relationships between the organization and institutions. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Renée was the Senior Advisor of Impact and Innovation at the Tides Foundation. She managed domestic and global program development, and strategic philanthropy for clients invested in international poverty alleviation; gender-based violence prevention; women’s health; and social justice. In addition, she developed and administered a variety of projects, including the Indigenous Peoples Fund, the Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, and the Africa Family Planning and HIV Integration Fund. Prior to Tides, Renée served as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Ms. Foundation for Women. She built and maintained partnerships with corporations and other foundations to leverage the Ms. Foundation’s grantmaking in economic development, reproductive health and rights, and youth engagement. Renée holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and a BS in Political Science from the University of New York at Buffalo. As an International Politics Fellow, Renée studied at the University of Dakar in Senegal, West Africa.

Christina “CJ” Juhasz, Chief Investment Officer, Women’s World Banking Asset Management

Christina (CJ) Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management. She has worked for the organization since 2007, managing the Isis Fund, directing equity investment into Women’s World Banking’s network members and other women-focused microfinance institutions, in order to provide responsible growth capital and demonstrate the business case for investing in women. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for the Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and the U.S. Army. CJ holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is also a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow.

Follow CJ on Twitter: @cjjuhasz

Celina Kawas, Manager, Research

Celina Kawas is the Manager for Women’s World Banking’s Research team. She became part of the organization in 2002, conducting market research and gender assessments around the world in order to help network members design and deliver products and services that focus on the unique needs of low-income women customers. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology of Development from the University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish and English. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Celina worked as a consultant with a broad range of international institutions throughout Latin America, with a special emphasis on the income and expenditures of the urban poor, their survival strategies, housing and gender.

Gil Lacson, Manager, Network Engagement

Gil Lacson is the Manager of the Network Engagement team at Women’s World Banking. He started working for the organization in 1999 and is currently responsible for ensuring that network members find value-adding connection and engagement with Women’s World Banking and the rest of the network. His work focuses on finding and creating opportunities to strengthen and grow the network. He earned a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and a Master’s in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Before joining Women’s World Banking, Gil worked for TSPI Development Corporation in the Philippines.

Jennifer McDonald, Manager, Savings

Jennifer McDonald is the Manager of Adult Savings for the Microfinance Products team of Women’s World Banking. She became part of the organization in 2009, leading Women’s World Banking’s savings practice and supporting partner institutions to develop and implement savings products that work for underprivileged women and their families. In recent years she collaborated with banks in Nigeria, Malawi, Pakistan and Colombia to introduce tailored savings products for women and develop innovative delivery channels to reach them. She earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University, University of King’s College in Canada, and an M.A. in Development Economics from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Jennifer worked for ProCredit, the Boulder Institute for Microfinance and The MIX. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jenmmcdonald

Paul A. Munoz, Director, Human Resources

Paul A. Munoz is the Director of Human Resources at Women’s World Banking. He became part of the organization in 2011, designing, developing and implementing human resource programs that enhance the employee experience at Women’s World Banking. Among other responsibilities, he directs the recruitment, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits and compliance of the organization. He obtained a Ph.D. in Human Resources from Columbia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining Women’s World Banking, Paul worked for the HR Group, Inc. He is part of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Professionals in Non-Profit Organizations. He has participated in various workshops from organizations, such as St. Joseph’s College, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and Human Resource Professionals in Non-Profit Organizations.

Ryan Newton, Specialist, Savings

Ryan Newton is a Savings Specialist on the Microfinance Products team at Women’s World Banking. She has been with the organization since 2011, responsible for growing the savings practice at Women’s World Banking, specifically in the areas of youth and adult savings product development, financial education, and alternative delivery channels. In this role, she delivers technical assistance to network members; manages project deliverables; and positions and promotes Women’s World Banking’s savings work across the industry.

She has prior experience developing financially inclusive products and promoting financial capability both in the nonprofit and private financial services sectors. Ryan holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a B.A. in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain. Ryan is a native English and Spanish speaker and fluent in French.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanNewton_

Hilary Nichols, Senior Associate, Microfinance Products

Hilary Nichols is the Senior Associate for the Microfinance Products team at Women’s World Banking. She joined the organization in 2011, managing and supporting several microfinance product development programs by offering technical assistance to partner financial institutions. Hilary has specialized in microinsurance, financial education, and social communications, leading programs in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region. She obtained a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Vermont. Before starting with Women’s World Banking, Hilary worked for Grameen Aval Colombia.

Jorge Ordonez, Associate, IT

Jorge Ordonez is the Information Technology Associate for Women’s World Banking’s IT team. He joined the organization in 2012, assisting with the installation, maintenance, and operation of local area networks and associated computer hardware and software. His work allows staff to reliably use this web of networking technology to communicate, share, store, and process information. He holds a BS on Computer Information Systems. Before becoming part of Women’s World Banking, he was Staff Sergeant at the USARMY. He is fluent in Spanish.

Allegra Palmer, Associate, Knowledge and Communications

Allegra Palmer is the Associate specializing in Events Coordination for Women’s World Banking’s Knowledge and Communications team. She has been with the organization since 2012, planning and executing programmatic events such as conferences, workshops, trainings and exchanges. She obtained a B.A. at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Before her current position at Women’s World Banking, Allegra worked for the Southeast Asian Press Alliance for the We Women Foundation, United Nations and U.S. Department of State. She is a member of the Microfinance Club of New York.

Phoebe RockExecutive Assistant, Office of the President

Claire Rogers, Senior Associate, Project Coordinator

Claire Rogers serves as the Senior Associate for Project Coordination at Women’s World Banking. She has been part of the organization since 2012, streamlining project management; monitoring performance; and ensuring all projects comply with internal and external conditions. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service with a Certificate in International Development from Georgetown University. Before her current position at Women’s World Banking, Claire worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, FINCA International and Wall Street Without Walls. She is part Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Women Advancing Microfinance, Microfinance Club of New York and Women’s World Banking Young Professionals Network. She is fluent in Spanish.

Maria Sanchez-Smith, Senior Associate, Leadership and Diversity Programs

Maria Sanchez-Smith is the Senior Associate of the Women’s World Banking’s Center for Microfinance Leadership. She became part of the organization in 2002. She is currently responsible for leading the marketing and outreach efforts for the Center’s programs and managing delivery and design of individual capacity building and executive education programs. As a certified trainer, she conducts Management Development Trainings globally to microfinance practitioners. She obtained a double degree from Columbia University in Economics and Latin American Studies. Prior to working with Women’s World Banking, Maria collaborated with Arc Finance and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE). She was part of the research team on “Financing Sustainable Energy through Remittance Flow in Haiti and the Dominican Republic”. She is currently Co-Chair of Friends of Qualitas for the Qualitas of Life Foundation.

Julie SlamaManager, Global Marketing and Communications

Julie Slama is the Manager of the Global Marketing and Communications Team at Women’s World Banking. Julie has been with the organization since 2008 and manages communications initiatives including the organization’s thought leadership creation and dissemination. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. Before joining Women’s World Banking she worked in education policy at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

Eduard Taube, Senior Accounting Associate, Finance

Cathleen Tobin, Manager, Product Research, Marketing and Financial Education

Cathleen Tobin is the Manager of Product Research, Marketing and Financial Education practice for the Microfinance Products team at Women’s World Banking. She works with network members to develop financial education initiatives that target un- and under-banked customer segments as a means of deepening financial inclusion through financial capability. Programs may focus on a particular product with a network member institution, to broader social communications initiatives involving channels such as popular TV or radio shows and multiple financial partners. Prior to joining the organization in 2010, Cathleen designed and led marketing and branding efforts for Unilever, Revlon, and Johnson & Johnson. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cornell University.

Bettina Wittlinger de Lima, Manager, Credit

Bettina Wittlinger de Lima is the Credit Products Manager of the Microfinance Products team at Women’s World Banking. She became part of the organization in 2012. Bettina develops and introduces credit products into microfinance institutions and banks in both urban and rural areas and builds Women’s World Banking’s practice in designing individual loans and rural loans that reach and impact women. Bettina holds an M.S. in Economics from the University of Tubingen, Germany. She has published various papers, especially for InSight Publications ACCION International, and Revista Microcredito SEBRAE. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for ACCION Microfinanças S.A, ACCION International and IPC.