The co-founder of Capital Good Fund, Andy Posner developed a model for innovative microfinance as a Master's student at Brown University. He is a firm adherent to the dream of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and 'Father' of microfinance, to put poverty into museums; or, as Andy likes to put it, to put poverty out of business. Andy's work has been featured in Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, the Providence Phoenix, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's quarterly publication, the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, CNN and other print, radio and television media. In addition, Andy has forged a unique public-private partnership with Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo aimed at empowering families to achieve financial stability.
Andy is a co-founder of Lend for America and a member of its advisory committee, and he is also a member of the national Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity. He has published his ideas in the Huffington Post, Treehugger.com and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, to name a few examples. He was also selected as a 2013 American Express Emerging Innovator (one of 45 globally). Andy is a ferociously pragmatic idealist who believes that creative business models, advanced data analytics, and a mix of market and mission-centered forces can lead to dramatic social change. Finally, Andy is a blogger, a poet, and in 2005 rode his bicycle across the United States.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 105
When Kate started working with CGF in the spring of 2010, she never imagined what a perfect fit it would turn out to be. With her energetic spirit and desire to make a difference she found CGF to be the ideal place to work. After graduating with her MBA (from Providence College- go Friars!) she joined the staff full-time as Director of Operations, after almost a year of volunteering and working part-time. Kate is also on the board of the Steel Yard, an industrial arts non-profit based in Providence. When she's not devoting her time passionately to innovative microfinance, she enjoys reading, the outdoors, traveling and quality time with her friends!
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 103
Libby came to Capital Good Fund from a combined background in green jobs and political organizing, with groups like Ocean State Action and Common Cause. She joined the team in 2010 as Head Loan Officer. In her current position she runs our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, manages the improvement of our Financial Coaching curriculum and platform, and works towards fully-integrated information systems for Capital Good Fund. Libby is also a certified Salesforce Administrator. In her free time she works with various community groups to make Providence a better place for all of us to live, work and play.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 104
Cameron attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and it was there she gained her love for microfinance. Through a unique class her senior year, Cameron traveled to Nicaragua to meet with and award three entrepreneurs with microloans for their small businesses. Upon graduating in 2010, she moved to San Jose, Costa Rica to spend a year championing disarmament, peace education and demilitarization in Latin America. She was fortunate enough to spend a week campaigning at the United Nations with this organization, and her love for the non-profit world was solidified! Cameron is also a certified Community Health Worker trained by Partners in Health, The Community Health Workers Association of Rhode Island and the Women's Health Leadership Institute.
Cameron is excited about her involvement with CGF's Financial Coaching program as she feels very strongly about financial literacy and empowerment as a tool not only for economic advancement but also self-worth. Her passions outside of CGF initiatives include vegetarian cooking, playing tennis and exploring nature.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 102
María José Carranza, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, moved to the United States at the age of 15. She has always been passionate about helping others and committed to the mission of making the world a better place to live. She attended Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where she earned a degree in International Business and minored in Latin American and Latinos/as studies. Her strong interest in business and the humanities was the main drive for her to join the Capital Good Fund team. Maria also has true passion for cultures and languages which encouraged her to study abroad in Salvador, Bahía (Brazil) and participate in several projects nationally and internationally such as a service-learning project in the Dominican Republic sponsored by Bryant University. Maria is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and directly serves our Spanish speaking clients.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 101
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in graphic design, Charles moved to Rhode Island. Seeking a meaningful line of work, Charles started at Capital Good Fund as the organization’s Creative Officer, managing CGF’s image through print, web design, and video editing. Charles’ work also extends out to CGF clients, as the organization provides design services to our graduated entrepreneurs. In addition to creative processes, Charles’ basic needs include *time outdoors* and chocolate milk.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 107
Lisa was part of the first graduating class ('00) at the Met School, where she first discovered her passion for community service. Lisa has been active in a variety of programs: tutoring at MLK Elementary, doing neighborhood clean-ups and, in '03 she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Central Falls, RI. Her experience motivated her to go back to college in 2004, attending Lesley University, where she obtained a BA in Business. Since graduating she has become a small business owner and a mother. Possessing strong entrepreneurial skills, business knowledge and life experience, Lisa now hopes to apply these while contributing to the CGF mission.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 106
Jake Bobrow is the Program Coordinator for a randomized controlled trial aimed at measuring the impact of CGF's Financial & Health Coaching Program on the academic achievement of elementary school children. Before joining CGF, Jake worked in Nepal helping to develop micro-businesses with the aim of supporting free rural schools. Prior to that, he co-founded a social venture in Haiti that helps families gain financial independence and pay for their children’s education. Jake is a certified Community Health Worker trained by Partners in Health and The Community Health Workers Association of Rhode Island and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 108
Originally from Manhattan, NYC, Quetrin moved to Providence, RI in '93 after being a victim of Hurricane Andrew. Quetrin is the daughter of Dominican-born parents, and a single mother of three teens (Alex 15, Jolany 13, and Joel 11). She first discovered her passion for helping others in '95 when she volunteered for a program for under-privileged children called Project Outreach. Quetrin canvassed and campaigned for Libby Kimzey for State Rep. and for James Diossa for Mayor of Central Falls in 2012. Whilst working for Libby's campaign, Quetrin heard about CGF and its mission for the community and decided she needed to be a part of it. In her spare time, Quetrin makes music, promotional work for events, and spends time with her children. Quetrin has a passion for history and ancient cultures and societies, but the one thing she enjoys most is relaxing with a great book and a nice cup of warm, delicious tea.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 109
Jose Fonseca started as the Data Analyst at Capital Good Fund in the Spring of 2013. He has an interest in issues related to entrepreneurship, education, and good governance and has a knack for technology and research. He spent the summer of 2010 at the Dubai School of Government supporting research related to education, entrepreneurship, and urban growth. In 2012, Jose helped identify workplace productivity issues at federal agencies while working at the Partnership for Public Service. Jose hails from Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University, and a Master’s of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 110
Ashley comes to CGF with a strong background in sustainable food production, urban food security, and community development. Upon graduation from Cornell University's College of Agriculture, Ashley was awarded a yearlong fellowship that enabled her to work alongside Urban Farmers in Argentina and Cuba. When she returned home, Ashley moved to Rhode Island in search of meaningful work in her new community. She is very pleased to have found Capital Good Fund, and to be the leading the one-on-one financial coaching with families enrolled in the FC+ Schools Program. In addition to her love of community development, in her free time Ashley enjoys cooking big meals, salsa dancing, practicing Spanish, and sewing with vintage fabrics.
Jane joined the CGF team following a Year of Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with NeighborWorks BRV in Woonsocket. For Jane, her experience working in the Woonsocket community, which included implementation of a youth financial literacy curriculum and college savings program for the Constitution Hill and Fairmount neighborhoods, made clear the dire need for a revitalization of Woonsocket's financial infrastructure. She is thrilled to continue serving the Woonsocket community as Junior Loan Office of the CGF Woonsocket Micro-branch. Jane is a New Jersey native and in 2012 earned her B.A. in a Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Studies double major from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Jane enjoys drawing, running, and Cleveland.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 112
Rachel is an adoptive Rhode Islander who graduated from Providence College in 2012 with degrees in Global Studies and Art History. Her studies cultivated a desire to work for social justice and change in communities both local and abroad. Prior to joining the Capital Good Fund team, Rachel served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Community College of Rhode Island where she gained operational management experience. Like her role model, Indiana Jones, Rachel is always searching for a new adventure and her previous exploits have included participating on an archaeological dig in Belize and backpacking through Guatemala.
Grace attended Rhode Island College as a double major in English and Philosophy. She started at Capital Good Fund as a grant writing intern, and her affinity for reading, writing and research led her to project development with Capital Good Fund. Grace believes that this, along with her eagerness to help the underserved, will lead to real and positive change in her community. Aside from philosophy and literature, her interests include animal welfare, hiking, sewing and yoga.
David Crane Fellows (Brown University):
Julia Xu Sarah Pariser Raisa Cramer Ebony McCaskill Austin Mertz Richard Jimenez Michelle Zheng Phuong Truong
Bank of America Fellows (Providence College):
Community College of Rhode Island Fellows:
Other Fantastic Fellows:
Jerome Thompson - Young Professional Hana Nguyen - Bryant University Nicolas Eceizabarrena - Bryant University
Terrance Orr - Johnson & Wales Kaan Yarar - University of Rhode Island Ashlee Matthews - University of Rhode Island Shalina Singh - University of Rhode Island
Joanna Catham, Client Services Intern
Elizabeth Jennes, Financial Coaching + Intern
Myron Lam, Financial Coaching + Intern
Alexandra Juelis, FC+ Schools / Community Outreach Intern
Ryan Rocha, FC Corps Intern
Jack Trevor, FC Corps Intern
Edoardo Castagna, Finance Intern
Yvette Rodriguez, Reports Intern