Managing Director, Frontier Investments Group, Accion
Monica Brand is the founding principal director of Accion’s Frontier Investments Group. Monica has spent her career in the financial services and social enterprise sectors, expanding and enhancing the value offered to the majority. Prior to assuming this role, Monica launched and managed Accion’s Marketing & Product Development Unit, where she oversaw the creation of new financial services to move the industry beyond microcredit, and worked in Mexico with Compartamos Bank, the largest MFI in Latin America. Before joining Accion, Monica worked with Anthuri Ventures- an early stage equity fund based in Cape Town, South Africa – and founded Anthuri Catalysts to help prepare potential portfolio companies for investment. Monica also worked at Calvert Ventures, the early stage equity arm of the Calvert Foundation. Monica began her career in financial services in California as a commercial loan officer of a green fund, and separately helped launch a $50 million multi-bank lending intermediary to finance small businesses and community facilities.
Monica holds an MBA and Master of Education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College, where she graduated with honors. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins School SAIS, teaching a graduate-level course on impact investing. Monica serves on numerous boards including GloboKasNet, Paralife, Shubham Housing co. and Mobile Transactions International (MTI- Zoona). Monica chairs the Investor Representative Committee of LeapFrog Investments, the first microinsurance fund. Monica is based in Washington D.C. and travels often to her home country of Peru.