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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

Senior Manager, Contracts and Operations

Shannon McCafferty is the senior manager for the contracts, operations, and finance 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.

Miri Berger

Miri Berger

Senior Manager, Corporate Financial Operations

Miri Berger serves as senior manager of corporate financial operations at Banyan Global, where she leads the firm’s financial operations. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of systems and policies to strengthen financial management at the home office and in the field. Ms. Berger attended Touro College and the State University of New York, and has more than 15 years of experience in financial management, audit and compliance, accounting, administration, and human resources, working in the international development field and the private sector.

Louis Alexander

Louis Alexander

Principal Associate

Louis (Louie) Alexander is a principal associate at Banyan Global overseeing the firm's youth practice, which includes field-based youth and workforce-development projects, including the $20 million USAID-funded Honduras Workforce Development project that targets at-risk youth. Prior to joining Banyan Global, Mr. Alexander was the Peace Corps country director in Paraguay and the senior programs director at the Pan American Development Foundation in Washington, D.C. Mr. Alexander also spent more than 20 years abroad with CARE, serving in program management and country director roles in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uganda, Egypt, and Tajikistan. He holds a master’s degree in international education/international development from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Long Island University, in addition to studies at Uppsala University and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

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.