Board

Andrew Burnett is the chief executive officer and managing director at The Accela Group, which provides strategic advisory services for emerging companies.  He has advised companies in several industries including consumer electronics, specialty retailing, radio broadcasting, franchise development, consumer information services, magazine publishing and wireless telecommunications. Previously, he was managing director of Cathedral Consulting Group, Eltekon Business Services, and God First Stewardship Services.  Andrew is the CEO of MFB Communications. He has been an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College, York College and Medgar Evers College, and has been a host on One Caribbean Radio.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Christopher Capers (Treasurer), is the CEO of Touch IQ, a next-generation provider of market research, audience analysis and forecasting, based in New York.   Before joining Touch IQ, Christopher worked for AlixPartners, a global turnaround, restructuring and financial advisory firm.  He is an expert in turnaround and performance improvement of distressed companies in technology, consumer products, automotive and industrial products.  Before joining AlixPartners, Christopher was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. in Chicago.  Christopher also served as an independent consultant for Barden International in Windhoek, Namibia, where he managed the startup of an export warehouse.  He is a former project manager and equipment engineer for Polaroid Corporation, Optics Division.  Christopher received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with honors from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from Harvard University School of Business Administration.

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Alex Counts (Chair Emeritus), is the president and CEO of Grameen Foundation USA. Alex has been involved in micro-credit for the poor since he graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in economics.  He was a Fulbright scholar with the Grameen Bank, Bangladesh.  On returning to the US, he served as legislative director for RESULTS for four years before returning to Bangladesh as part of the international training division of Grameen Bank.  Alex also worked for CARE-Bangladesh as a regional project manager.  In 1997 he became the full-time President of Grameen Foundation, which provides microfinance institutions in poor communities with access to the capital and infrastructure. He has visited and evaluated micro-credit programs throughout the world, and in 2012 was the recipient of Project Enterprise’s Legacy Award for his contributions to the field of microfinance and entrepreneurship.  Alex is the author of Give Us Credit, and Small Loans, Big Dreams. He is a board member of Fonkoze USA and sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion, and the Steering Committee of the Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation.

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Stephen A. Cheek  is a Area Senior Vice President with Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC. Stephen  provides investment consulting services to the firm’s clients and leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts on a national level. His broad-based investment background and relationship management skills have been refined by 30 years in the financial services industry. Earlier in his career Stephen served as a trader at the Dresdner Bank, as vice president of product development and marketing at PaineWebber (now UBS). Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level II Candidate, member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts and  the Healthcare Financial Management Association

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Debra Franklin-Schatzki,(Executive Committee), co-founded Project Enterprise in 1995 with her husband, Nick Schatzki.  Debra is currently the president and CEO of BPP Wealth, a boutique firm designed to help clients Build Protect and Preserve Wealth for Generations.  Debra has worked in the financial planning industry for more than 25 years.  She is a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter and an Accredited Estate Planner.  Debra was introduced to world of micro lending/ micro-credit while involved with RESULTS, a nonprofit, grassroots citizens’ lobby that identifies sustainable solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty as a human rights issue, in the United States and worldwide.  Debra was a past president of Financial Professionals for Social Responsibility.  She and her husband have traveled to Bangladesh and other countries to study the Grameen Bank and other micro-credit operations.

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Robert Freiman is a partner at Freiman Franco, P.C.  For more than 40 years, he has represented clients in the field of estates and trusts.  Robert is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the New York State Bar Association, and of the Estate Planning Council of New York City. He is also a member of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Planned Giving Advisory Council, and of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Professional Advisory Council. He is a former President and Trustee of the Board of Education of East Williston, New York. Robert earned his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

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Seema Hingorani is the head of public equities with the Bureau of Asset Management in the NYC Office of the Comptroller.  She has 15 years of U.S. and global public market investment experience. Seema worked as global director of fundamental research with Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments Company in Boston. She has also worked for Andor Capital Management, Pequot Capital Management and T. Rowe Price Group.  Seema also co-founded hedge fund Mirador Capital Management and a start-up Internet media company.  Seema earned her B.A. in psychology/philosophy from Yale College and her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Genita Ingram is currently the Director of Marketing at JDR Consulting LLC and JDR Realty Capital LLC.  She is responsible for new business development through the design and execution of marketing campaigns. She has advanced JDR Consulting from a local firm to a successful nationwide company.  Genita spent more than 25 years spent developing and implementing marketing strategies in a variety of industries and has provided businesses with the best practices in marketing and new business development.  Genita received a business degree from Los Angeles Community College.  She is affiliated with the New York Association of Real Estate Management, New York Chamber of Commerce and Real Comm Technology Solutions.

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Scott Lyman has over 11 years of specialized experience in financial restructuring, specifically advising companies, lenders, and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.  Scott has worked with both public and private companies across numerous industries, including automotive, financial services, paper and plastics, insurance, real estate/construction, retail, pharmaceutical, QSR, and telecommunications.  Scott currently is a Senior Vice President at Mesirow Financial Consulting in its Corporate Recovery Group and previously worked as a Director at FTI Consulting, Inc. in its Corporate Finance Division and as an Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.     Scott holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University – Bloomington and is a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor.

Bhakti Mirchandani  is a senior vice president at One William Street Capital.  Most recently, Bhakti served as Global Relationship Director for Barclays. Previously, Bhakti was a vice president at Unitus Capital, a financial advisory firm that helps social enterprises and social investment funds, and worked in corporate strategy and investment management at Barclays Capital/Lehman Brothers, where she was also the firm’s microfinance specialist.  Bhakti co-founded the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards for which the UN recognized her as major innovator. She was a consultant to Women’s World Banking, and worked in homebuilding equity research at Salomon Smith Barney.  Bhakti holds a B.A. in chemistry (cum laude) from Harvard College, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Arlene Morris is a corporate attorney focusing on investment advisory matters and legal and compliance matters for investment advisers and other financial institutions.  She has advised investment managers and financial institutions on structuring alternative investment vehicles, particularly hedge funds and private equity funds and has been responsible for corporate governance of registered investment advisers.  She has served as a consultant for various corporations in the financial services arena, through Axiom Global.  Previously, Arlene was a vice president at Merrill Lynch and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as well as Clifford Chance LLP. Arlene has a B.A. in government from Clark University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Latin School.

Andrew Peters is a Risk Manager at Avenue Capital Group. Mr. Peters is responsible for managing market risk at Avenue Capital, a hedge fund based in New York. Previously he was Director of Analytics at Chatham Financial in Singapore and Philadelphia. Mr. Peters serves on the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of New York. He has taught robotics courses at the Robert Louis Stevenson School (P.S.. 183) with FIRST LEGO League and a programming course at The Brooklyn School for Math and Research. Mr. Peters received an MBA in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago and a BA in Theology from Appalachian Bible College. He is fluent in Mandarin and Tibetan, having studied at Lijiang Education College in Yunnan, China.

Charles (Chuck) J. Privitera, Jr. is a Regional Retirement Consultant for Gallagher Retirement Services, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. Most recently Chuck ran the Mercer defined contribution practice in New York City and the national retirement practice at Frenkel Benefits. His areas of expertise include but are not limited to fiduciary liability risk management, forensic fee consulting, investment monitoring and manager consulting, vendor search and market appraisal project management and plan design consulting.  Chuck graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland and the London Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science/Economics. He holds a series 6, 63 and 65 and is a registered investment advisor.

Robert Rahbari (Secretary) is an investment officer at the University of Rochester. Most recently, Rob worked as vice president at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, responsible for integrated wealth management.  He was a founding partner of RAS Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on India. Rob also served as director of Ferro Capital LLC, a global hedge fund management firm.  Previously, he was an attorney in the investment management groups of Skadden, Arps and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  Rob is an honors graduate in economics from the University of Michigan and earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Michael Shea is a financial consultant focusing on “turnaround” opportunities with small and midsize organizations, including the design and implementation of restructuring programs, long-term strategic planning, cash flow optimization and process improvement.  Mike has 30+ years of financial expertise, serving as Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Director of Internal Audit and “Big 4” Audit Manager in both publicly-traded and private service organizations.  Mike’s previous positions include Chief Financial Officer at Hooper Holmes Inc., a healthcare information services company, along with positions at Computer Horizons Corp., Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. and Ernst & Young. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant (New York) and has a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

David Singer (Chair), is a litigation partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and has served as lead litigation and trial counsel on matters involving business contracts, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants, fiduciary duty, fraud, employment termination, employment discrimination, real estate valuations and other commercial matters. He has successfully tried and defended cases in federal and state courts and arbitration panels and represented clients in appellate arguments, mediations and negotiations.  David also focuses on alternative dispute resolution, and has served for more than 20 years as a neutral arbitrator and mediator handling business disputes and executive employment matters.  Before joining the Board of Project Enterprise, he served for 10 years as a member of the Board and vice president of Self-Help for Older Persons Project, a non-profit organization that serves older, low-income populations in the South Bronx.   David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and law degree from New York University School of Law.