Deborah Drake has worked in financial inclusion for more than three decades. She focuses on investor engagement and governance efforts to strengthen the inclusive finance ecosystem and is VP, Industry Engagement and Research, at the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI). She also directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities making equity investments in financial service providers in emerging markets.
She has held multiple leadership roles at Accion developing and implementing financial initiatives to facilitate access to capital by microfinance institutions.
Deborah is co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development, and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. Before joining Accion, she was a banking specialist at the World Bank and a commercial banker.
Deborah is a graduate of Georgetown University and has an MBA from Babson College. She has participated on multiple boards of directors and is currently a board member of Vista Ventures Social Impact Fund.