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Deborah Drake, Root Capital Board Director Emerita

Program Manager, Investing in Inclusive Finance, Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International

Deborah is vice president for investing in inclusive finance at the Center for Financial Inclusion, a division of ACCION International. She also manages the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds (CMEF), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in microfinance institutions. She is the co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. Prior to ACCION International, she was a banking specialist in the Financial Policy and Systems Division of the World Bank and a commercial banker in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the advisory board for CARS, the assessment and rating system for U.S. community development financial institutions. She holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S. in Latin American studies from Georgetown University.