Staff at FSD

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Lisa Kuhn Executive Director

A respected authority on international development, Lisa has provided training, assessment, and capacity-building services to more than 35 international organizations in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She has more than 15 years of experience in microfinance and international development specializing in multi-sectoral and sustainable solutions to development challenges such as food security, women's empowerment, access to affordable and adequate health care, education, and enterprise development. Additionally, she has extensive experience developing and implementing practitioner-friendly monitoring and evaluation systems and has demonstrated success using participatory research methods to develop and assess programs.

Lisa has been driven by a desire to change the system and to create opportunities for people everywhere to reach their fullest potential. Her approach combines a focus on capacity and leadership development at the local level combined with thorough analysis of the dynamics that influence the achievement of social objectives--including organizational policies, processes, and culture, market forces, and political trends.

After receiving her MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, she held a number of technical, policy, and leadership positions in microfinance networks including Freedom from Hunger, Opportunity International, and FINCA International. Before taking the position as Executive Director with FSD, Lisa served as the Vice-President for Programs in Latin America for Freedom from Hunger where she helped bring integrated microfinance, health, and business services to more than 1 million women through more than 100 local Latin American partners.

When she’s not off in some remote corner of the world working on sustainable solutions for communities, she enjoys backpacking in remote corners of wilderness with her husband Mark.

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Mary Steponkus Finance and Operations Officer

Mary’s interest in all things international was instilled at a very early age by her first grade teacher who handed out small items from her own travels as prizes for good work. This interest continued into her education with a B.A in International Relations and Russian Language from Cornell College and an M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies from George Washington University, and in her personal life with her travels taking her to 33 countries (and still counting). Her professional background consists of 11 years working with financial and project management in the international development world, most recently as Pricing Manager at Crown Agents USA. Prior to that, she focused on budgeting and analysis at ACDI/VOCA, project management at American Councils for International Education, and has spent a few years as a professional baker. A recent arrival to the Bay Area, after many years in Washington DC, she loves all of the opportunities to be outdoors, hiking, bicycling, and is looking forward to renewing her love of camping.

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Keiko Pinces Senior International Programs Officer - East Africa & India

Keiko has a long relationship with FSD, starting with her internship in Mombasa, Kenya in 2007 and returning years later as International Program Coordinator at our Kakamega site. Since then, she has led international volunteer programs and development efforts in India and Uganda as well. She brings eight years of program management and fundraising experience in the non-profit sector with large and small organizations, both domestic and international. Now at FSD's home office, Keiko oversees FSD's six program sites in India, Uganda and Kenya. With a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has always loved learning from and talking to people from all over the world. She loves discussing perspectives on successes and challenges to sustainability and community-based development. Outside of FSD, you can find her playing tennis, running, biking, and exploring the city of San Francisco.

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Devin Graves International Program Officer

Devin discovered the power of social change when he learned that he shared a birthday with Nelson Mandela. Studying about Mandela’s life gave him the determination to impact the world, and because of this desire, he pursued a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. As part of his studies, he focused on sustainable project design with an emphasis in monitoring and evaluation. Before joining FSD, he spent two years designing and implementing development projects among Mayan communities in both Mexico and Guatemala, and in the eastern districts of Uganda. Previous to living abroad, he worked in international education, recruiting group leaders for summer abroad programs for high school students, and he led a group of 15 high school students on a study abroad to Argentina. When Devin is not working in development he enjoys being outdoors, hiking, volleyball, reading, and traveling with his wife.

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Jordan Luftig Community Manager

Jordan thinks deeply about the causes of human suffering and his work is dedicated to creating the conditions for human flourishing. A generalist with a Master’s degree in Integral Psychology and a certified Integral Coach, Jordan joins FSD with 10 years of combined experience as a convener, educator, fundraiser, and grantmaker. He has played a notable role in building an emerging global Integral movement as four-time organizer of an international conference; director of a multi-issue grantmaking program; and faculty member of graduate programs. Jordan is passionate about a convergence of movements for social justice, a new political economy, and individual and cultural awakening. He has worked with BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) in the new economy movement and he participated in Equity Summit 2015 as a member of the People of Color Network delegation of EPIP (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy). Jordan volunteers as Vice Chair of the Bay Area chapter of EPIP. He played basketball at Emory University, and today you might catch him playing tennis or jogging around Lake Merritt in Oakland, where he lives with his wife Paulette.