Where We Work: USA: Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Lincoln C. Chen, M.D.
Lincoln Chen is the President of the China Medical Board of New York. Earlier in his career, Chen was the Director of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University, Executive Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Takemi Professor of International Health and Chair of the Department of Population and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Chen has also been a member of CARE's Board since 1991 and served as Chair from 2001-2007. In the 1970s and 1980s, Chen served as a representative of the Ford Foundation in India and in Bangladesh, where he also served as scientific director of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh. He also serves on the advisory board of the UN Fund for International Partnerships, Commission on Human Security, and the Helsinki Process Track III on human security.
Susan M. Davis
President & CEO, BRAC USA
Susan Davis is an author, speaker, and thought leader in international development and civil society innovation. In 2006, she founded BRAC USA, an organization created to advance the global mission of BRAC, the world's largest nonprofit organization. She is currently president and CEO of BRAC USA, which mobilizes resouces for, provides strategic and programs services to, and educates the public about BRAC's pioneering work to alleviate poverty and create opportunity for the poor.
In 2010, she co-authored the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know with David Bornstein of The New York Times. Susan has appeared on CNN and ABC News discussing global poverty and health issues, and her work on microfinance and entrepreneurship creation in developing countries has appeared in Innovations, Harvard Business Review, and other publications.
Susan first became acquainted with microcredit - and specifically with the holistic anti-poverty approach of BRAC and its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed - from her years with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and with Women's World Banking. She is a founding (and current) board member and past chair of the Grameen Foundation.
She remains involved with Ashoka, a nonprofit organization supporting the field of social entrepreneurship, serving on its international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows. Previously, Susan led Ashoka's Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, co-founded its University Network for Social Entrepreneurship, and oversaw the organization's expansion to the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. She also serves as senior advisor to New York University's Reynolds Program on Social Entrepreneurship, and on several boards, including Sirleaf Market Women's Fund and African Women's Development Fund USA. She serves on the advisory boards of FEM Inc. and the United Nations Fund for International Partnership and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, she served as a senior advisor to the director-general of the International Labor Organization and was the executive director of Women's Environment & Development Organization, a global advocacy group. Susan was educated at Georgetown (BSFS 1978), Harvard (MPA 1982), and Oxford (MPhil candidate 1980-81) Universities.
Vice Chair and Treasurer
Ron Grzywinski was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShoreBank Corporation, the nation's first and largest certified Community Development Finance Institution. Starting in 1973, ShoreBank provided finance and information services to disinvested communities in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and rural Arkansas. Subsequently the Corporation provided advisory and operational assistance to the Grameen Bank and BRAC in Bangladesh, the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan, as well as local development banks in the former Soviet Union, Africa and Asia. In 1996 ShoreBank Corporation created ShoreBank Pacific, the nation's first environmental development bank.
Ron has been the recipient of the Independent Sector's John W. Gardner Leadership Award, the Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Yale University School of Management, the President's Founders Award from Loyola University (Chicago) and the Theodore Hesburgh Award for Ethical Business Practices from the University of Notre Dame, He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree from Northern Michigan University and was a founding member of the Ashoka Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. He has been the CEO of several banks and serves on the boards of numerous social purpose organizations. He is an Alumnus in Residence at Loyola University.
Richard A. Cash, MD, MPH
Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
Richard Cash is a senior lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Population and International Health for 27 years. Cash is credited with saving millions of lives as a co-developer, and promoter, of oral rehydration therapy to treat cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
Cash has focussed his work on infectious disease problems in the developing world, and on ethical issues in international health research. He was a joint recipient of the 2006 Prince Mahidol Award for "exemplary contributions in the field of public health."
Christina has led J.P. Morgan’s Social Sector Finance unit since its inception in late 2007. Outside J.P. Morgan, Ms. Leijonhufvud serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Financial Inclusion, has been a consultant to Ashoka-Innovators for the Public in their social financial services venture, and has lectured widely on financial globalization and emerging markets risks. Ms. Leijonhufvud has held various risk management positions at J.P. Morgan, including as head of Country Risk Management & Advisory, Credit Portfolio Market Risk Management, Emerging Markets Market Risk Management, and Industry Concentrations. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1996, Ms. Leijonhufvud worked at the World Bank as Country Officer, helping develop reform programs and borrowing strategies for the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia. In 1991, she served on the Economic Reform Committee for the Government of Kazakhstan. Ms. Leijonhufvud earned a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, a M.A. degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA.
Bridget is Managing Principal at Fahrenheit Ventures, providing leadership to companies seeking to successfully commercialize their products and services in the U.S. market. Bridget has extensive experience in finance, management and governance. Bridget is also the Chair of the New Zealand / U.S. Beachhead Program – a New Zealand government program offering strategic advice and mentoring to businesses seeking access to the U.S. market. She is currently a Director of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, a US$11B pension fund for all New Zealand citizens and previously served as a Director of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Bridget was Fahrenheit 212’s Chief Operating Officer between 2003 and 2005; she returned to the team to head up its Fahrenheit Ventures commercialization business. She served as a Director of two public companies in New Zealand, Sky City Ltd. and Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd. She has served as a member of the University of Auckland Council, Industry New Zealand – a national economic development agency, Competitive Auckland Ltd. – a regional economic development organization and Auckland Uniservices Ltd. – a technology transfer concern. She was also Director of Research for CS First Boston NZ Ltd. Bridget was Chief Executive Officer of Carter Holt Harvey Plastic Products and served as CEO of University of Auckland Development. Bridget studied Economics and Finance and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.
Catherine (Cate) Muther
Cate is the founder and president of the Three Guineas Fund, a private foundation incorporated in 1994. This California foundation’s mission is to create access to opportunity for women and girls in education and the economy. Cate held the position of Senior Marketing Officer at Cisco Systems between 1989 and 1994. Prior to her time at Cisco, she was the vice president of Corporate Marketing at 3Com and at Bridge Communications, Inc. She began her business career as a consultant in San Francisco at Arthur D. Little, Inc. Cate was a Founding Board Member of Acumen Fund where she served until 2010. Cate has served as a trustee of Mills College and Sarah Lawrence College. She earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MA degree from Cambridge University, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Rachel Payne is Founder and CEO of FEM, Inc. an organization whose mission is to promote the positive effects of media and entertainment on society and to showcase feminine voices and perspectives. The FEM Inc vision is to change the content paradigm by empowering consumers with more choices based on the potential effects of the content they watch and drive greater demand for content that has a positive impact on society.
Before starting FEM Inc., Rachel was Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, at Google, where she worked with the executive team and with senior executives across all product areas to develop strategy and engagement models for Google’s most important partners globally. Prior to this, Rachel was Head of Industry for Technology, running cross-platform media sales teams servicing Google’s largest technology partners. She was also on the Google Africa management team, helping establish their sub-Saharan Africa business operations as Country Manager for Google Uganda. Rachel joined Google as the first employee hired on the founding team of Google.org, and was a senior program officer on the Global Development team from its inception.
Rachel is an entrepreneur at heart and has been on the founding or early teams of several successful ventures in Silicon Valley including Hotwire (acquired by IAC) and Billpoint (acquired by eBay). In 2005, Rachel Co-Founded inDplay - a media company providing cross-platform distribution for independent, professionally-produced content - and served on the Board of Directors until 2007 (acquired by Discovery Media Group); investors included Eric Schmidt, William Randolph Hearst III and Shai Agassi.
Rachel is also on the Board of Directors for LinkTV and Working Assets (Credo).
Rachel earned an MBA in Global Management and Public Management from Stanford University and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College. She resides in California.