Shari Berenbach’s is the Director of the Microenterprise Development Office at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Her distinguished 30 year career spans from microfinance to international banking. A pioneer in the impact investing field, Ms. Berenbach served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Calvert Foundation, a non-profit financial intermediary that mobilizes capital from social investors to meet critical financing needs in affordable housing, microfinance, fair trade, and other essential community services. In nearly 14 years, Ms. Berenbach grew Calvert Foundation from a pilot project to a $500 million institution serving thousands of investors and hundreds of local financial intermediaries in the U.S. and around the globe.
Ms. Berenbach’s microfinance work began in the early l980s when she served as Program Director for Partnership for Productivity International. Ms. Berenbach worked with microfinance operations in more than two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In the mid 1990s, Ms. Berenbach was engaged in various consultancies – preparing a monograph on banking regulation for microfinance, helping to launch MicroRate, and conducting program design and evaluations on behalf of USAID and the World Bank. Ms. Berenbach served as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation where she worked with the Business Advisory Services for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Berenbach also has held private sector positions at Solomon Brothers, Citigroup, and a start-up telecommunications firm, Radio Movil Digital.
Ms. Berenbach holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Ms. Berenbach serves on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Finance Committee of the Needmor Fund, and the Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.