OUR STAFF

Will Harris
Executive Director
Rick Tvedt
Accountant
Joshua Miguel Jongewaard
Director of Lending
Yamila Simonovsky
Portfolio Operations Manager
Martin Slough
Senior Credit Advisor
Laura Schroeder
Investor and Communications Manager
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Will Harris | Executive Director

Will Harris is the Executive Director of WCCN and previously served in the roles of Director of Operations and Board President. Will has over fifteen years of experience in economic development and international relations. Will is a Wisconsin native, but has lived and traveled throughout Latin America. Will studied Spanish and Latin American History at the University of Arizona and then later received his MBA from the same. Will was a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship which he used to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, focusing his thesis on the topic of microfinance in Latin America. Will came to WCCN from the World Council of Credit Unions, where he worked with credit unions from all parts of Latin America. He has a deep interest in Latin American culture, poverty issues, and economic development. Will speaks near native Spanish and Portuguese.  

will@wccn.org

Rick Tvedt | Accountant

Rick is a graduate of Edgewood College and earned his CPA certification in 1993. He spent two years at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue before joining the accounting firm of Grant Thornton, LLP as a senior tax specialist. Rick serves on the Community Share Wisconsin Board and is a member of their Finance Committee. He has been a self-employed publisher for many years, producing local music and arts content for LocalSoundsMagazine.com. He is also the Founder and Treasurer of the Madison Area Music Association., a non-profit organization that produces the Madison Area Music Awards and raises funds to promote youth music programs. 

accounting@wccn.org

Joshua Miguel Jongewaard | Director of Lending

Miguel, born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota, brings 23 years of experience in financial services and investment management across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He has worked in private investment banking and social impact investing. Prior to working at WCCN, he worked for Symbiotics Group, MicroVest Capital Management, NDC (a CDFI), CarVal Investors, Cargill Inc., and US Bank Corporate Trust. His asset management experience includes micro-finance, SME finance (factoring/leasing), agricultural value chains, renewable energy, affordable housing, health services, education services, inclusive technology, private fund investments, loan portfolio acquisition (consumer, residential, commercial), and derivative trades (hedges, swaps, CDS). He holds a degree in International Management from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Miguel is bilingual and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Colombia.

miguel@wccn.org

Yamila Simonovsky | Portfolio Operations Manager

Yamila joined WCCN's Loan Fund Team in 2018, currently managing the portfolio operations. She is an economist with more than 10 years of experience in international development. Her expertise lies in international finance and development in the areas of education, health and youth employment. Her previous work experience focuses on data management, partnerships and strategy development in multi-stakeholder institutions, including the United Nations and the Global Fund. A native Spanish speaker, she has studied and lived in six countries, including Argentina and Mexico.

yamila@wccn.org

Martin Slough | Senior Credit Advisor

Martin has over 45 years’ experience in banking and finance, including 21 years as an international commercial banker at Lloyds Banking Group, 16 years in Private and Financial Sector Development at the World Bank and over 5 years as a Banking Advisor at the US Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has extensive practical experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, credit risk management, credit information systems, treasury, bank restructuring, bank privatization, deposit insurance and microfinance.

 

For OTA, Martin undertook diagnostic reviews of the barriers and obstacles to small business lending and microfinance in Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. For MCC, he participated in commercial bank due diligence missions to Mozambique, Morocco, Mongolia and Tanzania. For several years Mr. Slough advised the Bank of Ghana and the MCC on the implementation of an Agricultural Credit Program and for USAID he delivered a capacity building program to nine microfinance institutions in Lebanon that on-lent sub-grant funds to small businesses.

martin@wccn.org

Laura Schroeder | Investor and Communications Manager

Laura joined WCCN in September 2020. Previously, she worked at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, supporting program operations, managing digital platforms and social media, and serving as the first line of contact for MFIs for the Smart Campaign, a global consumer protection initiative. She has contributed to communications and community engagement at nonprofits including InterAction, Human Rights Connected, and the Worker Rights Consortium and was a Fulbright grantee to Colombia. She is the co-founder and communications and strategic partnerships manager at Open Americas. Laura holds a graduate degree in international policy and development with a specialization in monitoring, evaluation, and program design from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

laura@wccn.org

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