EMDAP Alumnus—Anna Luisa Pinto
Host Organization: Alternativa Solidaria Chiapas (AlSol)
University: Columbia University
Ms. Ana Luisa Pinto, a graduate of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, provided technical assistance as a Marketing Adviser for a local Microfinance Institution, Alternativa Solidaria Chiapas (AlSol) in Chiapas, Mexico.
During her assignment, Ms. Pinto improved the institutional capacity of AlSol by creating a permanent Marketing Department, implementing market research initiatives to make informed decisions and improve client relationships and retention. To ensure sustainability she also trained a Marketing Manager to lead the department and continue the initiatives she started.
In the past, Ms. Pinto has worked as a Marketing Advisor with the Peace Corps in Guatemala and as a consultant with Catholic Relief Services, FINCA International, and the Grameen Foundation USA. Currently, Ms. Pinto works for QED Group, LLC, serving as the Regional Portfolio Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean in USAID’s EGAT Bureau’s Office of Development Credit. She monitors the utilization, risk exposure, and any implementation issues of credit guarantees with partner banks and MFIs in the region.
Ms. Pinto has a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus on Latin America from the College of William and Maryland and a Masters of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).