Truelift is pleased to welcome several new interns and volunteers to the team in 2014. Below our new team members are listed, as well as some old friends who continue to support our pro-poor microfinance mission. We are also still recruiting for Research and Case Studies and Tech Assistant internship positions. Email info[@]truelift.org to learn more about these available opportunities.
Welcome new Truelift team members!
Kevin Bischoff, Programs Assistant
Kevin is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics. This past summer he worked at Deloitte Consulting analyzing parts of the supply chain of a Fortune 100 retailer with an emphasis on sustainability. Kevin has experience in financial services as an intern in the Bank Analytics department of State Farm Insurance. During his time as an undergraduate, Kevin played on the basketball team, organized a yearlong fundraiser for the local children’s hospital, and served as vice president of his fraternity.
Lucy Montgomery, Special Projects Assistant
Lucy is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in accounting and marketing and minoring in women and gender studies. Her interest in microfinance stems from a study she completed on microlending programs in the St. Louis metropolitan area in the fall of 2013. Lucy enjoys playing basketball for the Washington University Bears, spinning, reading, and traveling.
Jeffrey Nelson, Research and Case Studies Assistant
Born and raised in Minnesota, Jeffrey earned his B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College outside of Chicago studying small-scale enterprise and development. After two years with an NGO based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Jeffrey served three consecutive fellowships with Kiva throughout Latin America conducting quality control assessments. Jeffrey is passionate about balancing compassion with strategy and excited to serve Truelift’s mission of effective, sector-wide, pro-poor targeting, services, and assessment.
Annie Von Burg, Research and Special Projects
Annie Von Burg is a Masters of Arts candidate in the Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her graduate focus is international development and environmental policy. She recently moved to Denver from Portland, Oregon, where she worked as a policy analyst for the regional government managing projects and developing local policy.
Zach Amittay, Special Projects
Zach Amittay is a Massachusetts native and Washington University in St. Louis alum currently residing in Washington, D.C. After spending two years in the office of the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg working on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to transportation infrastructure, Zach recently joined the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he provides operational and analytical support for the organization’s diversity of advocacy efforts on environmental issues. Zach is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to volunteer with Truelift – he sees Truelift’s work as essential to the maturation of the microfinance industry as well as other social business enterprises, and he is excited to help Truelift identify opportunities for new partnerships and expand its global impact.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Hélène Desanlis, Special Projects
Helene was born and raised in France. She worked in the banking sector for several years in Paris before moving to Toronto. She relocated to the Bay Area about four years ago where she has been involved in the international non-profit world ever since: firstly at Kiva, as an intern in the Social Performance Department, and currently at Fair Trade USA, as a Certification Specialist. Helene is deeply committed to Truelift’s mission and is thankful to have the opportunity to participate in its activities.
Kate DeYoe, Special Projects
Kate is passionate about both domestic and international microfinance. She currently works at Opportunity Fund, California’s leading provider of microfinance products and services. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Microfinance network. She also helped launch Kiva’s Social Performance Initiative where she was designated a Certified Social Performance Auditor by CERISE. She helped start up a domestic p2p savings website, and conducted a number of capacity building projects for recipients of Full Circle Fund’s Global Economic Opportunity grants. Earlier in her career, she provided Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte and PwC.
Leonard Della-Moretta, Market Research
Leo Della-Moretta is a former Captain in the US Army and is currently an MBA candidate at Cranfield University in England. He supports organisations that strive to help people achieve “their better without defining what better is.” He is a fan of good cheese, bad jokes, and even worse 80’s music. You can usually find him surfing Facebook while surrounded by friends in a busy pub.
Jasmine Segall, Videographer
Economic development and microfinance are passions of this Junior Associate in Global Membership with Devex. So much so that in college, Jasmine founded Berkeley Microfinance, the first student group in the nation to endorse low-income borrowers for 0% interest loans on Kiva. The organization has since become a model for schools around the country. She also spent time in China studying Mandarin, served as fellow for Lead for America, which helps low income entrepreneurs get started, and she founded the World Literacy Project at UC Berkeley. When Jasmine’s not actively striving to make the world a better place, she’s skiing, tap dancing and capsizing sailboats. (Which she performs with her signature enthusiasm.)