ACCION Names Donella M. Rapier as Its New Chief Development and Administration Officer

Jan 04, 2012, 13:00 ET from ACCION

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCION®, a pioneer and leader in global microfinance, today announced the appointment of Donella M. Rapier as its new Chief Development and Administration Officer.

Ms. Rapier will direct ACCION's fundraising and administration functions, including facilities and internal technology programs.  She will lead our organizational metrics initiatives with a focus on the coordination of social metrics.  She will begin her new role January 23rd and will be based at ACCION's Boston headquarters.

"We are thrilled to have Donella join ACCION.   She brings enormous experience from her years at Harvard and Partners In Health," said Michael Schlein, president and CEO of ACCION. "We are extremely pleased to have someone of her caliber joining us."

Ms. Rapier most recently served as chief financial officer at Partners In Health (PIH), a Boston-based organization which provides health care and socioeconomic services and support to at-need communities in 12 countries around the world.

Prior to PIH, she served as Harvard University's vice president for alumni affairs and development, Harvard Business School's chief financial officer, and in various earlier roles at Harvard and Price Waterhouse.  She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University.

ACCION is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of building a financially inclusive world by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.  A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION was founded as a community development organization in 1961 and issued its first microloan in 1973 in Brazil.  Over time, ACCION has helped to build 62 microfinance institutions in 31 countries on four continents. Those institutions are currently reaching millions of clients.  In the United States, the U.S. ACCION Network is the largest microfinance lending network in the country and has served tens of thousands of clients, with over $300 million in loans.  For more information, visit

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