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Patricia Foley-HinnenPatricia Foley-Hinnen – CEO, Capital Sisters International

Patricia Foley Hinnen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Sisters International, a non-profit that sells impact bonds to finance micro loans for impoverished women in developing countries. She has worked in economic development and international affairs for the past three decades with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. State Department and the microfinance industry. She started Capital Sisters more than a decade ago to raise business capital for impoverished women in developing countries and to promote financial inclusion around the world. Since then, she has helped to establish seven domestic and international microfinance organizations, raised loan capital for tens of thousands of women’s micro businesses, and served as a microfinance and gender advisor to the State Department where she represented the United States in the 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) for a decade after 9-11 as head of the Women Leaders Network. She served on the board of The International Alliance for Women, an organization with 50,000 professional, executive and entrepreneurial women, and was the Co-founder and Managing Director of their Microenterprise Development Program for its first decade. Patricia lived in Europe for many years, managing the evaluation of international programs for the U.S. Congress – including the East European and Soviet portfolio after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Within the U.S., Patricia is the Co-founder of Colorado Microcredit, the Micro Business Development Center, and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance and is an Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute. She also serves on the boards of the International Fund of the Colorado Women’s Foundation and the Colorado Alliance of Professional Women. Patricia is frequently a guest lecturer for the international and business schools at Denver University and the University of Colorado. She developed her passion for international affairs during two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served in West and Southern Africa. Traveling to more than 60 countries has provided her with rich and amazing experiences – including five revolutions. She and her husband were high school sweethearts and live in the mountains outside Golden, Colorado where they raised their two sons. Patricia has a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado and Master of Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Denver University.

Chris HorstChris Horst – Vice President, HOPE International

Chris Horst is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Chris has been published in The Denver Post, OnFaith, Christianity Today, and has co-authored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing with Peter Greer. He completed his undergraduate degree in business at Taylor University  and obtained his MBA from Bakke Graduate University, focusing his studies on developmental economics. He currently lives and works for HOPE remotely in Denver, Colorado. Chris and his wife, Alli, are parents to two sons, Desmond and Abe.

Bob Sample – Results International

Bob Sample has been involved with the microcredit field for over 20 years.  He learned about microcredit through RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy organization that has played a central role in the development of the field.  Bob has an MA in Linguistics (specialization in Arabic) from Columbia University and an MPA in Urban Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Bob currently serves as the Colorado State Coordinator for RESULTS/RESULTS Ed Fund, a full-time voluntary position, and is currently serving as a grassroots member of the Executive Committee of the Board.  Bob is also Chairman of the Interim Board of the Institute for Consensus Action in Denver (now ICA Denver).

Rob SmithRob Smith – Executive Director, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Don’t hold it against him, but Rob is originally from New Jersey (exit 142).  Rob moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver and has been here ever since.  Rob’s educational background is in finance, management, and information technology and prior experiences include banking, management consulting, coffee roasting, and microenterprise development.  For Rob, microfinance is about reconnecting our community with the talents and skills of local entrepreneurs.

Doug Spencer

Doug has had a varied career across both the private and not- for- profit sectors. He has been the Director of Funds Development for the Denver United Way, managing $25-30MM community campaigns; Founder, Chairman and CEO of a manufacturing business; Development Director and CEO of Friendship Bridge, a Guatemalan microfinance institution, and Director of Development of Water for People, a global water and sanitation development organization. Doug has chaired 2 large conferences, one on access to capital markets in 2005 and another in 2008 on youth employment and social business that drew Muhammad Yunus to Denver as the keynote speaker. Doug has been in the impact investment space for many years, albeit with less planning and forethought than we are now moving towards with all of our investible assets. Doug is a founder of Cultural Cloth, a textile import business, and has invested in a number of early stage social business opportunities in East Africa, Central America and the US. He is deeply concerned about climate change, water and sanitation, women’s empowerment, and other poverty related issues both domestic and abroad.


Brittany photoBrittany Woedl – Regional Senior Loan Officer, Accion Colorado

As the Regional Senior Loan Officer, Brittany leads the Colorado team in Accion’s work to support entrepreneurs and small business owners with access to capital to start or grow their businesses across Colorado. Brittany, originally from Indiana, completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and obtained her Master’s in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the University of Denver. When she’s not micro-lending, you can find her hiking with her Basenji mix, studying foreign languages, and attempting to run half marathons.



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Jeanne Crump, Grants Coordinator, Friendship Bridge

Jeanne currently serves as the Grants Coordinator at Friendship Bridge. She began her work at Friendship Bridge in January 2015 as a Monitoring and Evaluation Intern assisting the Social Performance Management Department in data analysis, research, and results reporting. Jeanne then took the opportunity to stay with Friendship Bridge as their Treasury and Finance Intern where she assisted the Treasury Manager in monthly loan portfolio tracking, currency exchange risk research and analysis, and a large industry benchmarking analysis project. Jeanne is slated to complete her M.A. in International Development with specializations in Microfinance and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver in June 2016. Throughout her M.A. research, Jeanne conducted assessments on microfinance models for trafficking victims, refugees, and sustainable approaches to women’s empowerment.





  1. This message is for Patricia

    Dear Patricia,

    We have not met yet and this is a business/mischief making connection.

    My back ground is in non-profits (founded 3– in the field of child abuse). Now, following the lead of Sheryl Sandberg’s great book “Lean In” some girlfriends and I are starting a conversation about women making money to make a difference.

    I’ll be in the Denver area 5th – 13th talking with women about creating the freedom to fund what matters most to them. This all comes out of a heart space– belief– that when women prosper the world thrives. Something you clearly know a world about!

    I would be brilliant to have you join the conversation!
    Call or text me at 949-813-4325 and I can email you a very short little power point about what we’re up to and why we think it matters.

    Warmest regards and with appreciation for everything you already do!
    Liz Lafferty
    Wild – Women Inspired, Let’s get it Done

    • Dear Liz, thanks for your good information real when Women prosper the world thrives, I am setting a small school to rehabilitate Children whose mothers died due to HIV / Aids infection & to help mothers to get out of poverty by initiating small scale micro-finance grouping monthly as merry go round to help them be self reliant
      Please how can you help me achieve these goals successfully.


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