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Banyan Global is made up of seasoned private sector and international development professionals working in Washington, D.C. and overseas. Our highly skilled team brings passion and commitment to providing creative and innovative solutions to complex development problems.

Leadership and senior staff

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

Meaghan Smith is the president and chief executive officer of Banyan Global. She has more than 20 years of experience alleviating poverty, stimulating private-sector growth, improving health systems, and empowering women in developing countries. She has expertise in development finance, enterprise development, private-health–sector development and local capacity building. Ms. Smith has served as the chief of party for the USAID-funded Banking on Health project, the executive director of the Summa Foundation, and vice president and Uzbekistan country director of the Asian Crossroads Loan Company. She has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and has lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Janice Stallard

Janice Stallard

Vice President

Janice Stallard is vice president at Banyan Global, where she oversees its economic growth, gender, and youth practice areas and also serves as the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) manager for the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality and YouthPower IDIQs. She has more than 25 years of international development experience, including 13 years in the field working on inclusive finance, competitiveness, gender, youth, agriculture, and evaluation programs. Her overseas positions included senior management roles as chief of party and deputy chief of party for various USAID-funded projects, and she has lived in Egypt, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. She holds a master’s degree in international development from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from West Virginia University.

Shannon McCafferty

Shannon McCafferty

Director, Contracts and Operations

Shannon McCafferty is the director for the contracts and operations division at Banyan Global. Ms. McCafferty provides contractual and management oversight to all of Banyan Global’s projects and leads cost proposal efforts. She has more than 15 years of experience managing USAID and other donor-funded projects on behalf of international development firms in the Washington, D.C. area. She served as the deputy chief of party on a USAID-funded project in Iraq. Ms. McCafferty holds a master’s degree in African studies from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ignacio Estevez

Ignacio Estevez

Principal Associate

Ignacio Estevez is a principal associate at Banyan Global and serves as the access-to-finance director, representing the firm on the Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus project. He leads programming that expands access to financing and strengthens private-health–sector providers as businesses. Prior to joining Banyan Global, Mr. Estevez was a small-and-medium–banking specialist for the International Finance Corporation, where he led advisory services in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a banker with more than 26 years of banking experience, 12 in the private sector and 14 in international development. He has conducted fieldwork in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Mr. Estevez holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University and a master’s degree in international finance from American University.

Jason Wright

Jason Wright

Principal Associate

Jason Wright is a principal associate, leading Banyan Global’s health systems strengthening portfolio, including managing the $19 million USAID-funded Nigeria Health Workforce Management Activity and the Integrated Health Systems indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Prior to joining Banyan Global, Mr. Wright directed the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance project at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) before becoming MSH Senior Director, Project Implementation Excellence and then MSH Senior Director, External Engagement. He also spent almost 10 years at USAID, serving as USAID Liaison to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He has work experience in more than 40 implementing countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and with 10 donor countries. He holds master’s degrees in foreign service and history from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political economy and German from Tulane University.

MouYung Sun

MouYung Sun

Director, Finance

MouYung Sun is the director of finance at Banyan Global, where she leads the firm’s financial operations. Ms. Sun has more than 25 years of experience in financial accounting, cost accounting, internal controls, and oversight for USAID implementing partners. She also has more than 20 years of international project operational experience, including conducting internal audits of USAID-funded field offices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the George Washington University and is a certified public accountant in Maryland.

Nancy McDonald

Nancy McDonald

Principal Associate

Nancy McDonald is a Principal Associate overseeing Banyan Global’s gender and youth practices. She has 18-years of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, and managing girls’ education, gender and social inclusion, workforce development, positive youth development (PYD), and preventing violent extremism programming. Prior to joining Banyan Global, she has served as the YouthPower IDIQ Director at Global Communities, AMIDEAST Country Director in Jordan and as Chief of Party for a USAID-funded vocational education project in Macedonia. She has overseen complex programing funded by USAID, U.S. Department of State, UNICEF and Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund throughout the Middle East (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, West Bank / Gaza, Yemen), Southeast Asia (Pakistan and Sri Lanka), as well as Kenya, Kosovo, and Nicaragua. Before working in international development, Ms. McDonald worked at Harvard University’s Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and Cultural Survival. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Trinity College and a master's degree in international relations from Boston University.