Madeleine manages Water.org’s WaterCredit programs in Latin America and East Africa. Her role involves launching and ensuring quality of programs as WaterCredit expands and innovates in these regions. She works closely with team members in Water.org’s country offices to manage market scoping, select and certify partner institutions, and monitor programs.
Madeleine brings over seven years of experience working both internationally and domestically in microfinance, economic development, and social services (including housing, youth, and mental health). Prior to joining Water.org, Madeleine worked at Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion in the Investing in Inclusive Finance program area managing projects and industry-wide groups focused on risk management and governance issues. Before that, Madeleine was based in the Philippines with PlaNet Finance’s Southeast Asia Regional Hub leading fundraising efforts and supporting technical assistance and capacity building with various microfinance institutions in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam. During graduate school, she also worked in the PlaNet Finance China office and wrote her Master’s thesis on a European Union-funded project promoting biogas digesters and sanitation facilities through micro-loans to poor farmers in Gansu province.
In addition, Madeleine worked domestically for two years in a Boston-based financial education and asset-building program serving a majority of Latino immigrant families. After college, she also spent a year volunteering in Chile at a shelter for at-risk children and youth working on the street. Madeleine speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin and Tagalog.
Commitment to Water.org
“Early on I was pushed towards a career in health and medicine, but I was always fascinated and inspired by international issues, poverty, and social justice. After leading volunteer trips in college to the Dominican Republic to work with an ecological society and studying Spanish in Guatemala, I knew international development work was my passion. Upon working with street children in Chile, I realized that economic development was key to reducing global poverty and I pursued my Master’s in international development with a focus on microfinance. Now, I feel I have come full circle working at Water.org, where we are using microcredit to help households around the world acquire access to clean drinking water and sanitation, and which results in improved health outcomes for families and allows them to have more productive livelihoods.”
Masters of Arts, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University Heller School
Bachelors of Science, Psychology & Spanish, University of Dayton