Patricia Foley Hinnen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Patricia started Capital Sisters to raise business capital for impoverished women in developing countries and to promote financial inclusion around the world.
Patricia 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. 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 Advisor to the State Department where she represented the U.S. in the 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) for a decade as head of the Women Leaders Network. She served on the board of The International Alliance for Women, and was the Co-founder and Managing Director of their Microenterprise Development Program for its first decade. Within the U.S., Patricia was the Co-founder of Colorado Microcredit, the Micro Business Development Center, and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. Patricia developed a passion for international affairs during tours in the U.S. Peace Corps in West and Southern Africa, an overseas posting in Europe, and travel to more than 60 countries. 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Sondra is responsible for all finance and operational matters, including the Sister Bonds® Investment Program.
Sondra has had an extensive and varied career in international finance. She spent fifteen years as an investment banker, for Macquarie Bank and Barclays Capital, primarily in London, where she raised private funding for public infrastructure projects in Europe and around the world. She was also part of the team that launched Macquarie’s infrastructure funds management business in Europe and she managed significant asset acquisitions on behalf of the funds. Before joining Capital Sisters she was the Finance Manager for Engineers Without Borders – USA. Sondra has an Economics Degree from Brandeis and an MBA from Wharton.
Donor Investor Relations
Denise manages donor and investor relations and the expansion of constituency circles
across the country.
Denise brings a wealth of experience from her leadership in both large and small nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising, communications and business development. Her career began as on-site fundraising consultant for The Pacific Group in Los Angeles where she served PAC-12 and California State Universities. Denise was twice recognized as Managing Director of the Year for fundraising innovation and model account, surpassing client revenue goals on every assignment. Denise dedicated more than a decade to university fund raising, demonstrating success in all facets of the business, and ultimately accepted a post at the University of Denver, where she helped secure millions of capital campaign dollars through unprecedented donor participation campaigns. Denise began consulting for nonprofit and corporate clients in 2000 and launched CausePlanet in 2006. There she created an online leadership training resource where she engages in book development and promotion. Denise has a BA in Communication and Marketing from the University of Arizona and an MA in Applied Communication from the University of Denver.
KARINA ADVANCES OUR PROGRAMS THROUGH INDUSTRY RESEARCH, DATA ANALYSIS AND DUE DILIGENCE.
Karina Lundahl is an interdisciplinary researcher who focuses on lasting solutions to poverty. She has conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar and Borlaug Fellow on crop diversity and social barriers for women farmers in Nepal. Previously, as a Research Liaison at the MIT Media Lab, she advanced administrative systems and developed internal and external relationships. She has also contributed to reporting to the United Nations on human rights violations stemming from energy development in Panama, and has conducted research on systemic racial discrimination in public education in the Czech Republic. Karina has an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College.
Jodi serves as Executive Assistant to our CEO, Patricia Foley Hinnen, and is integral to organizing our day to day operations
Jodi joined Capital Sisters in 2016 to provide administrative support to the organization. Her background is in hospitality sales and management, with over two decades of experience with several large national hotel groups. In these roles she developed and implemented strategies to maximize revenue growth through marketing, sales, promotion, advertising, and public relations. She brings to Capital Sisters her well-developed organizational skills, and her ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment. Jodi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University (1987).