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President and CEO

Steve Hollingworth’s unflagging commitment through 30 years of work in international development has been to ensure that the delivery of financial services benefits the world’s poorest people and fulfills its promise of alleviating poverty.

Prior to joining Grameen Foundation, Steve was President of Freedom from Hunger. Beginning in 2011, he focused that organization on the intersection of financial services and ending hunger through the empowerment of women in rural communities. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for CARE, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the organization-wide strategy and was responsible for direct-line management of global operations and programs with a total of 13,000 employees and a budget of $650 million. He has also held senior field positions in Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), Africa (Lesotho) and Latin America (Bolivia), building collaboration between practitioners, technical assistance providers, donors and government agencies.
Steve’s roots in financial services for the very poor go back to early days with CARE-Bangladesh, the largest CARE mission in the world.  Based on his leadership in the financial services sector, he also served for many years as a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group. His areas of expertise include microenterprise and microfinance, education, agriculture, health and civil society strengthening.
Steve has an M.S. in Economics, Development Studies, from Victoria University of Manchester, in Manchester, England.  He enrolled there as a Rotarian Fellow, and his thesis analyzed the field of microcredit and the role of Grameen Bank.  In that sense, Steve’s position as President and CEO of Grameen Foundation brings him full circle.  Steve has a B.A. in Economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, not far from his home town of Elgin, Illinois.

Executive Vice President

Lauren Hendricks is the Executive Vice President of Grameen Foundation.  She was previously Executive Director for the Access Africa initiative at CARE, where she led the development of financial inclusion programs and innovative solutions to reach the poorest people in Africa. In this role, she partnered with banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and others in the private sector to adapt products and services to meet the needs of the poor, and to ensure that participants benefitted from new, digital financial services.  Lauren also served as Director of the Economic Development Unit for CARE USA, where she provided strategic direction and technical leadership for more than 100 active microfinance and enterprise development programs in 54 countries. 

Before joining CARE, Lauren was a Program Specialist at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) at the University of Maryland. Her research focused on the development of low-cost tools to assess the poverty outreach of USAID funded micro enterprise development programs. Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee for MicroVest, a capital management firm investing in microfinance institutions.  She also chairs the board of the Access Africa Fund, a specialized investment fund managed by MicroVest, providing debt and equity investments in African microfinance institutions.

Senior Vice President, Institutional Development and Program Design

Camilla Nestor oversees program design and technical teams in financial inclusion, agriculture and health, as well as business development and strategic partnerships with foundations, corporates, and governments. She has 20 years of experience working in the banking sector and international development in the US and abroad, with deep expertise in designing and launching financial products, building new business models to reach the poor, and impact investing. Prior to Grameen Foundation, she worked at Citigroup in the structured corporate finance department executing debt financings for emerging markets firms, including telecommunications companies, financial institutions, and leasing companies. She spent five years on the ground in Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and Africa working with microfinance institutions and rural banks on start-up, new product development, and raising capital. Camilla holds an MBA and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colorado College. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and serves on the boards of Grameen Capital India and The SEEP Network.

General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary

Julia Soyars leads and oversees Grameen Foundation’s legal department, which she started in 2005, and serves as Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. Previously, she worked in the legal department at The American National Red Cross, where she spent eleven years handling domestic and international transactions. Julia began her legal career  as an associate for five years with Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro. Julia holds a JD Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University. She is a founding member of the Council of Counsels and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer

Joshua Tripp leads fund development, marketing, finance/accounting, operations, and IT—working to ensure that the organization's internal operations and external communications effectively support Grameen's programmatic work. Before joining Grameen Foundation, Joshua was a Vice President at Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) where he worked with dozens of innovative nonprofit organizations, helping them to assess, plan and launch for-profit business ventures to increase their sustainability. Previously, Joshua was a Project Manager for GS Telecom, a start-up satellite telecommunications company in Ghana, and worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank. Joshua holds an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College.

Vice President, External Affairs

Patricia has over 20 years of experience with public companies across multiple sectors designing and executing new strategies, programs and partnerships that achieve measurable business and social impact. 

Prior to Grameen Foundation, Patricia led global philanthropy at MasterCard, building a global program that helped drive MasterCard’s financial inclusion strategy. She was also instrumental in the creation of the MasterCard Foundation in 2006, which is now the fourth largest private foundation in the world.  Her areas of expertise include corporate philanthropy, corporate responsibility, financial inclusion, economic empowerment and disaster relief.

Patricia’s professional experience also extends to financial planning and analysis, communications and business administration. She holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BA in English from Rutgers University. 

Recently relocated to Seattle from New York, Patricia is a member of the board of directors of the Snow Leopard Trust and Upaya Social Ventures and a Partner in Social Venture Partners, Seattle.