Board of Directors

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  • Patricia Foley Hinnen

    President

    Patricia is the Founding CEO of Capital Sisters International. 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 to raise business capital for impoverished women in developing countries and to promote financial inclusion around the world. Since 1998, she has helped establish seven domestic and international microfinance organizations under the Capital Sisters umbrella, raised loan capital for tens of thousands of women’s micro businesses in 25 countries, 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 as head of the Women Leaders Network. 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 was 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 serves on the boards of the International Fund of the Colorado Women’s Foundation and the Alliance of Professional Women, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Patricia is 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 with her husband Britt. Traveling to more than 60 countries has provided her with incredible experiences – including five revolutions. 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.

  • Cindy Lindsay

    Secretary

    Cindy is a Principal of FLS Associates, providing strategic business services to early stage technology startups. Prior to joining that she was a Founder of Sitera Inc., where she created products that enabled a new market of communication chip sets, and she has participated in multiple startups that have had a successful IPO or acquisition. Cindy is also a Director at BoldeReach, a non-profit organization funding international programs for women and children; an advisor to the University of Colorado Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders; on the Advisory Board of the CU Center for Education in Social Responsibility; and a mentor for the Social Impact Track of CU’s New Venture Challenge. She is a Trustee Emerita from Rice University and has served on the board of directors of the Association of Rice Alumni, most recently serving as Board President. She has also served on the Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship – Information Technology/Web 2.0 Advisory Board, on the Board of Directors of Rice University Press and as the chair of the Connexions Oversight Board; she participates in the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition (RBPC), sponsoring the Social Impact Track prize, and lecturing in ELEC 394, an undergraduate course on professional issues in engineering. Cindy has a BA in Mathematics from Rice University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

  • Britt Hinnen

    Treasurer

    Britt has 30 years of professional experience in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors with an emphasis in Information Technology. Britt has been directly involved with Capital Sisters on a pro bono basis since its inception in 1996, is an inaugural Board member, and serves as VP of Technology. He currently works with the U.S. Department of Energy where he managed $65 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy grants before his recent transition to the information management team. Prior to this Britt was an IT Solution Architect for Perficient, Inc., leading project engagements for Fortune 500 clients. Britt worked to create enterprise solutions and web architecture for a range of businesses and corporations prior to Perficient, including McData where he was responsible for web content management. While he spent a majority of his career in IT and web development, he has also worked extensively in energy sector development, green building, and natural resource management. He won two global awards for his work in energy conservation. Britt served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and Lesotho and has worked and traveled extensively around the world. He has a BA in History and Political Science, and a Master of Forestry and Resource Management from Colorado State University.

  • Pat Cooper

    Board Member

    Pat has over 30 years of private and public sector experience as a public policy analyst, strategic planner, entrepreneur and civic leader. She is the Founder and Convener of The Women’s Regional Network: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, a collaborative network of women leaders from civil society organizations in South Asia who are addressing the issues of extremisms, corruption and militarization of aid and development as they impact women’s security in the region. She served as a Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2002-2003 and as Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Museum, where she directed the financial turnaround of the museum. Prior to moving to the US from Canada in 1990, Pat served for eight years as a Senior Executive appointee by two Prime Ministers to provide advice on the effects of federal legislation on women and children. She currently serves as Emeritus Director of Pathfinder International, and on the Advisory Boards of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, the Colorado Women’s College, and the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the Harvard Divinity School where she initiated and funded a conference for international journalists on global conflict, religion, and human rights. In Canada, Pat was a founding member of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, and served on the Boards of the YWCA of Canada, The United Way of Calgary, the Senate of the University of Calgary, and The Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Pat has a BA in History from the University of Alberta, an MPA from the University of Colorado, School of Public Affairs, and a Master of Global Studies from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is also a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs at Harvard University.

  • Stephanie Boyles

    President

    Board of Directors for Capital Friends International, the Supporting Organization for Capital Sisters International

    Stephanie has extensive experience shaping new products to meet customer desires in a wide variety of settings – large telecommunications organizations, top tier management consultancies, technology startups, and now startups which design technology applications and bring high end leather accessories to market. She is particularly drawn to initiatives that make a difference. She is Founder and CEO of a Boulder, Colorado, based startup that provides online and mobile applications to help riders build mastery in the equestrian arts and a Co-founder of a Boulder-based startup of innovatively designed leather accessories. Before working with startups, Stephanie served as a senior business development and engagement oversight leader for The Monitor Group, one of the world’s leading advisory and consulting firms. Prior to that, with BellSouth Corporation, she harnessed and delivered a corporate commitment of $25M to internet-enable schools throughout BellSouth’s territory, a strategy which ultimately made the education market the company’s fastest growing business segment and proved that the firm could “do well by doing good”. Stephanie has served as the Vice President of Technology for The International Alliance for Women. Stephanie has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, an MS in Mathematics from Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Florida.

  • Pamela Brown

    Secretary

    Board of Directors for Capital Friends International, the Supporting Organization for Capital Sisters International

    Pam is an entrepreneur with an extensive background in business development, asset management, and investment-class real estate. Pam is an inaugural board member of Capital Friends International, serving on the Executive Committee for over a decade. She has spent the past 20 years working in airports with a particular focus on business and property development, IT solutions and landside services. Pam joined SP+ in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Vice President – Airport Services, responsible for marketing and business development in airports across the United States. Prior to that she developed wireless internet and related IT solutions for airports for a variety of clients. She also co-founded an airport-focused Wi-Fi services company, Airport Network Solutions. Pam is a founding Board member of the Green Parking Council (GPC) – a national 501(c)(3) organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets. Pam attended the University of Oregon.

  • Teri Schwartz

    Treasurer

    Board of Directors for Capital Friends International, the Supporting Organization for Capital Sisters International

    Teri is president of Teri Schwartz Associates, a Denver based consulting firm focused on the areas of organizational change and leadership development. Teri is a visible force in the national and international business communities, having received recognition for the work she has done with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of culture transformation, leadership, team development, executive coaching and organizational change over the last 25 years across a diverse community of client organizations and individuals including Merck, Pinnacol Assurance, Merrill Lynch, Guaranty Bank & Trust, General Electric, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Genentech, Human Genome Sciences, and the US Department of Education. . Teri also provides training for Denver Public Schools and other Colorado school districts where she coaches principals, runs school staff team building sessions, works with top leaders to achieve organizational culture change, and designs and runs a common ground process to bring school communities and staffs together to resolve conflicts and get alignment around visions and strategy. Teri is actively involved in community service, teaching leadership and engagement skills to young and underserved populations in the Denver community. She also provides leadership training to the international board of the Oaxaca Street Children’s Project in Mexico. She has provided leadership coaching for Capital Sisters International, and has designed and facilitated strategic planning meetings for the board of Capital Friends International. Teri received a BS in Education and an MS in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

  • Constance Hanninen

    Board Emeritus

    BOARD EMERITUS, CAPITAL FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL

    Constance Hanninen was an early co-founder, seed funder, board member, and advisor to Capital Sisters International, and founder of its Supporting Organization, Capital Friends International, where she served as President for its first three years. After a tour in the Peace Corps in West Africa, Constance spent her career helping impoverished women through her medical practice and her philanthropy. Capital Friends International was initially named in honor of Constance’s Aunt Sylvia Kallio – for her inspiration and financial support. Sylvia Kallio was a dynamic early 20th century woman who was active in the French resistance, worked with Albert Schweitzer in Africa, and left a large international legacy in Washington DC. The name of the Supporting Organization was changed to Capital Friends International in June 2007 to better reflect its purpose.

  • Mary Zinn

    Board Emeritus

    BOARD EMERITUS, CAPITAL FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL

    Mary Zinn has been involved with Capital Sisters International and Capital Friends International for more than a decade as a seed funder, advisor, and inaugural board member. She served on the Board of Capital Friends International from 2004 through 2013, including as President – overseeing the establishment of the Capital Reserve Fund and Endowment, as well as supporting the launch of the Impact Investment Fund. Mary is the CEO of Zinn Mediation and Associates, and a long time philanthropist and activist in the national and international peace and justice movements. Mary has more than two decades in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field as a trainer, administrator and curriculum designer. She offers expertise in mediation, conflict and anger management, collaborative models and facilitation. Mary’s international consulting work focuses on building relationships and teaching communication skills, specifically related to conflicts in the Middle East. She also participates in the management of a family business of twenty-six partners.