OUR STAFF

Will Harris
Executive Director
Rick Tvedt
Accountant
Joshua Miguel Jongewaard
Director of Lending
Yamila Simonovsky
Portfolio Operations Manager
Martin Slough
(In Memoriam) Senior Credit Advisor
Laura Schroeder
Investor & Communications Manager
Reagan Dahl
Communications & Operations Intern
Tasha Schafer
Research Intern
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Will Harris

Executive Director

Will previously served in the roles of Director of Operations and Board President. He has over 15 years of experience in economic development and international relations. Will is a Wisconsin native but has traveled and lived throughout Latin America. Will studied Spanish and Latin American history at the University of Arizona and then later received his MBA from the same. He was a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Scholarship, 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 across 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

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Joshua Miguel Jongewaard

Director of Lending

Miguel, born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota, has 23 years of experience in financial services and investment management in Latin America, Europe, North America, and Asia. 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

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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 Shares 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 Madison Area Music Association, a non-profit organization that produces the Madison Area Music Awards and raises funds to promote youth music programs. 

rick@wccn.org

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Yamila Simonovsky

Portfolio Operations Manager

Yamila joined WCCN's Loan Fund Team in 2018 and currently manages 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

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In Memoriam

Martin Slough 

Senior Credit Advisor

Martin worked with WCCN for over 7 years and was responsible for the portfolios in Peru and Ecuador. He had over 45 years of 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 had 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.

He is sorely missed at WCCN. He attended our 35th Anniversary in 2019 and traveled throughout Central and South America for the organization doing due diligence and scorecards. He worked hard with our partners to get them to best practices and industry standards, and loved banking, business, helping people, his children and grandchildren and travel.

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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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Reagan Dahl

Communications and Operations Intern

Reagan joined WCCN as communications and operations intern in January 2021. She is a sophomore at UW-Madison studying Agricultural and Applied Economics as well as Spanish. In the future, she wants to be a development economist. In her free time, she loves doing anything outside, especially hiking. Her ultimate bucket list goal is to climb all seven summits. Reagan is scuba certified.

intern@wccn.org

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Tasha Schafer

Research Intern

Tasha joined WCCN as a research assistant intern in February 2021. She is a senior, completing her Economics degree in May from the University of San Francisco. Her area of interest is in research, analysis, and world markets. She will be continuing her education by obtaining her masters in International Development and Applied Economics. In her free time she enjoys tennis, painting, and drawing and loves to travel.

tasha@wccn.org