Bridget Burkhardt is a Senior Consultant at ShoreBank International, the international consulting arm of ShoreBank Corporation, which is the largest and oldest community development bank in the United States. ShoreBank International works with local financial institutions throughout the world to create greater access to capital for underserved clients and to generate economic wealth within its target markets. The company brings to all of its assignments an understanding of the place of access to capital among the wide array of interventions necessary to help economies develop. Ms. Burkhardt specializes in strategic advisory and capital mobilization assignments for financial institutions in Africa and Asia. Since joining SBI in 2006 she has completed a number of strategic advisory assignments, including the development of business plans for the restructuring and recapitalization of a specialized bank focused on women, the entry of a mid-sized bank into the SME lending market and the entry of a local bank into the microfinance market. She also works with SBI’s clients to structure investment vehicles to mobilize investor capital to support their economic development programs. Ms. Burkhardt has a corporate finance background, with an emphasis on private equity and the financing of small- to medium-sized businesses. Prior to joining SBI she spent two years as a financial analyst in investment banking with PaineWebber in New York and six years as an investment professional with private equity funds in New York, London and Chicago. In 2001 she made the transition from mainstream corporate finance to community development finance. Ms. Burkhardt holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.