Before joining the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), Shari Berenbach was the director of the Office of Microenterprise & Private Enterprise Promotion (MPEP) at USAID. Through her work at USAID, Berenbach has developed an expertise in finance and development in African countries. She was a pioneer in promoting financial services and efforts to link microfinance to energy, health, small and medium enterprise and other related sectors. She was involved with programs in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Tanzania and Uganda, among other countries throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Prior to joining USAID, Berenbach served as president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing the flow of capital to disadvantaged communities in order to create a more equitable and sustainable society. During her 13-year tenure, she grew Calvert Foundation from a small pilot project to a $500 million institution serving thousands of investors and hundreds of local financial intermediaries in the United States and around the globe.
Berenbach has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and an MA in Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.