The 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
Libby joined the Capital Good Fund team in 2010 as Head Loan Officer - Americorps VISTA. In her years at Capital Good Fund she has launched and managed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, helped develop the first version of our Financial Coaching curriculum and platform and steered the adoption of Salesforce.com. In her current role she oversees the collection and use of data, while continuing to ensure that our software meets our program needs.
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 spent a year with CGF heading up the Financial Coaching program, and loved it so much, she decided to bring the CGF model to her home state of Connecticut! Her passions outside of CGF initiatives include vegetarian cooking, scrapbooking, playing tennis and exploring nature.
phone: 866-584-3651, Ext. 115
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
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.
As CGF’s Development Officer, Robin helps to organize and oversee the organization’s fundraising schedule. Robin comes to CGF with a background in public policy and community organizing with organizations like The Wilderness Society. Robin’s interest in development largely comes from having spent two years in college managing and fundraising for an alternative sentencing program for local juvenile defendants. Robin holds degrees in Environmental Policy and Philosophy from Williams College and outside of work considers himself an avid writer, hiker, and cyclist.
Carolyn grew up in a suburb of Worcester Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of Brown University. She studied International Relations, spending a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at La Universidad de Buenos Aires and El Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte. At Brown, Carolyn worked in the news department at 95.5 WBRU and was a member of a hip-hop dance company. Her interests in economic development, social entrepreneurship, and working one-on-one with individuals led her to the Capital Good Fund. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, seeing live music and (trying) to cook!
Joselyn started out with Capital Good Fund as a participant in the FC+ Schools program. Seeing the benefits of Financial Coaching PLUS, she decided she wanted to get involved. As the FC+ Schools Assistant, she facilitates enrollment in FC+ Schools, and helps other Rhode Island families join the program and better their lives!
A native of Bronx New York (GO! Yankees!), Reina has lived all along the east coast. She is the daughter of Cuban parents. Her interest in helping the community was sparked early on in life, watching the struggle of her small immigrant family with limited resources. Reina is the proud mother of two: Reina Victoria & Michael Antonio. Currently, Reina is attending Johnson & Wales for a BA in International Business/Management. Reina came across Capital Good Fund as a client and thought it would be great to help clients and the community through the services offered at Capital Good Fund. In her free time she enjoys foreign films, Korean dining, traveling, and shopping. Reina is also a proud Batman fanatic.
Words she lives by:
“I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.”
Muna moved from Atlanta, Georgia to attend Brown University and graduated with the class of 2014, with dual degrees in Africana Studies and Slavic Studies. Her interdisciplinary work has included writing plays. This is her first year as an AmeriCorps VISTA but her second year working at Capital Good Fund. In addition to being a Financial Coaching Fellow at Capital Good Fund, she was an English language consultant serving Brown international graduate students. She loves new languages, different cultures and exciting foods. In her downtime, she likes well-written scripted dramas, throwing dinner parties, and shopping her feelings.
Ashley was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and has recently returned to ‘The Ocean State’ after spending four years away at college. She attended Guilford College located in Greensboro, North Carolina where she received her B.A degree in English with a minor in Communications. Throughout college Ashley spent eight semesters working with The Guilfordian, Guilford College’s school newspaper. During her last two years she served as Web Editor, Public Relations Representative, and was able to tremendously increase their online presence. She also committed her time to event planning and social media platforms for Guilford’s radio show WQFS and their literary magazine, The Greenleaf Review. Ashley is serving in her first year with AmeriCorps VISTA. Some of Ashley’s hobbies include creative writing, acrylic painting, traveling, hiking, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.
David Crane Fellows (Brown University):
Sam Tianlin Yang
Bank of America Fellows (Providence College):
Community College of Rhode Island Fellows:
University of Rhode Island Fellows:
Other Fantastic Fellows:
Monica Leandre - Young Professional
Hana Nguyen - Young Professional
Whitney Allard, Accounting & Operations Officer
Jazmin De La Cruz, FC+ Schools Outreach and Enrollment Intern
Alexandra Juelis, FC+ Schools / Community Outreach Intern
Jakrin Lanphouthacoul, Connecticut Transition Coordinator Intern
Steven Ortiz, FC+ Schools Outreach and Enrollment Intern
Ryan Rocha, FC Corps Intern
Yvette Rodriguez, Data Team Intern
Dominic Silva, VITA Intern
Lihn Tran, FC+ Schools Outreach and Enrollment Intern
Jack Trevor, FC Corps Intern
Vanessa Urena, FC+ Schools Outreach and Enrollment Intern
Kaan Yarar, FC+ Schools Outreach and Enrollment Intern