About

Focus

Arrow Global Capital seeks to provide credit access to small business entrepreneurs in emerging markets in order to increase local capacity in a sustainable manner – employment creation, borrowing capacity, leadership growth, food/healthcare security, & education access.

By linking key stakeholders, including philanthropic investors, foundations, corporations, lenders, accelerators, & emerging entrepreneurs, we support business growth & job creation for the crucial “missing middle.”  Providing debt financing in the $50k-$250k range to top-tier, vetted alumni entrepreneurs that have graduated from our accelerator partners’ intensive business training programs, Arrow is not a fund.  We’re an investment intermediary that mobilizes & aggregates dormant capital in the form of guarantees to support emerging market innovation through debt financing instruments.

Read about the Arrow story from our CEO.

Geography

Arrow’s partner accelerators are operating on the ground in Central & South America, East & North Africa, Eastern Europe, and South Asia.  Investments are being spread out across geographies to mitigate financial risks & protect against the potential for regional crises.

Learn more about emerging market entrepreneurs with these snapshots.

Read success stories from the SME sector.

Framework

Arrow Global Capital is set up as a nonprofit organization, allowing any unexpected losses to be tax deductible for guarantors.  Projections indicate that Arrow will be sustainable within three years, with interest rate differentials covering operational costs.

Arrow Global Capital is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Visit our “How to Give” page to learn how you can support Arrow.

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Team

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Chad Jordan, co-founder & CEO, ex-officio Board member

Chad Jordan is the author of Shut Up & Give? and ReThink Missions: Real Stories, Real Impact, as well as the founder & chief consultant of Cornerstone International, a boutique consulting firm that uses outside-the-box, business-driven approaches as a means to catalyze sustainable change around the globe. With a focus on business development and financial access, Chad has led the Cornerstone Team in projects across five continents.

Chad holds a bachelor’s degree in international policy and a master’s degree in international development from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the board of directors for training4changeS and the Tanz East Africa Foundation.

With a focus on human potential and local capacity building in every new project, Chad believes cycles of dependency and paternalism can be broken.  He believes the end of poverty will be found at the intersection of business opportunity and social responsibility.

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Tara Jordan, co-founder & Director of Impact

Tara Jordan is the managing director of Cornerstone International, where she facilitates communications and client relationships and runs Cornerstone's internship program. She has worked on development projects across the globe, with a concentration in Latin America, and oversees affiliations with other organizations and institutes.

In addition to helping develop various aspects of the Arrow model, Tara managed the five research fellows as they worked with our team and had countless conversations to advance Arrow's knowledge of emerging market entrepreneurship.

Tara's passion for human rights continues to involve her in anti-human trafficking campaigns and social justice efforts; she looks forward to a time when modern-day slavery is eradicated and all people, particularly women, are empowered to pursue fair, dignified work opportunities.

 


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Diana Walker, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Diana Walker, founder and CEO of Walker Impact Strategies, focuses her work with today’s most influential global thought leaders—businesses, governments, organizations, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists— to develop innovative, effective collaboration strategies to maximize their opportunities for positive social impact.

For over a decade, Diana has been building and facilitating partnerships between large corporations, governments, non-profits and foundations, entrepreneurs, and high-level individuals to help further the United Nations’ work and to create meaningful social impact in communities around the world. During her ten years working at the United Nations Foundation, Diana developed partnership strategies and execution globally with companies such as ABC News, American Idol, Credit Suisse, DELL, Dermalogica, Ernst&Young, Facebook, Fortune, Google, TOMS shoes, UBS Bank, Variety, Virgin, Walgreens, Warby Parker, Yes To Inc., and government agencies such as USAID, U.S. State Department, and the White House.

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Will Bowersox, Finance Fellow

As a commercial lender at Able Lending, Will is responsible for partnering with traditional lenders and small businesses to help entrepreneurs unlock the collaborative capital they need to sustain and grow their businesses.

Will began his career at J.P. Morgan Private Bank before transitioning into the fintech industry.  At Orchard Platform, a marketplace lending data & infrastructure provider, Will served as a member of the Platform Partnerships team, where he helped late & early stage origination platforms get exposure to institutional investors before returning to his hometown Oklahoma City to work with Austin-based Able Lending.  Will is a 2010 Honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received bachelor degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Will believes strongly that collaboration & community can serve as powerful tools to unlock both financial capacity and human potential.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, spending time with his family, and developing entrepreneurial projects.


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Kaitie Holland, Marketing & Communications Fellow

Kaitie is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Studies focusing on global economic development. She is responsible for coordinating communication with Arrow’s partners and assisting with brand management and community engagement. Kaitie has previously worked with Cornerstone International, managing the organization’s social media presence and assisting with new partnerships. Currently, Kaitie serves as a board member for training4changeS in Stellenbosch, South Africa where she previously worked as an intern to develop new strategies for fundraising and donor relations.

Her interest in international development has led her to work with a number of development organizations around the world. Having studied women’s land rights in post-genocide Rwanda, Kaitie is interested in empowering underserved populations for development around the world. She has worked with immigrant populations in Italy, compiling research on the integration of foreign children in Italian schools. Kaitie’s continuing interest in international development has led her to work with Arrow in order to mobilize resources for emerging entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Board Members

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Andy Sherrer

Andy Sherrer serves as Senior Vice President at Republic Bank & Trust in Norman, Oklahoma.  As the Director of Private Banking, Mr. Sherrer leads a team of Republic bankers that work to provide banking and wealth management solutions for clients throughout the Oklahoma City metro.

Mr. Sherrer has been involved with Arrow Global Capital from an early stage and served as an incredibly valuable advisor and mentor through the development process. In addition to serving on Arrow’s Board, Mr. Sherrer also served as the Chairman for the Norman Chamber of Commerce for 2013-2014. He is a member of the City of Norman Planning Commission, the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Entrepreneurship Division Advisory Board, the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, and an elected member of the Moore Norman Technology Center School Board. Mr. Sherrer has been awarded as an Achiever Under 40 for the State of Oklahoma by the Journal Record, a 40 under 40 member by OKC Biz, and “Best Norman Banker” in 2013 by The Norman Transcript.

Mr. Sherrer obtained his M.B.A. with a Finance and M.L.S. concentration from the University of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Norman with his wife, Megan, daughter, Sheridan, and son, Jackson.

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Kate Wilschutz

Kate Wilschutz is the Fund Controller at Revolution, LLC where she oversees investor relations, accounting, financial reporting and analysis for the growth-stage and venture funds. Revolution invests in and actively helps build innovative and consumer-driven companies.

Prior to joining Revolution in 2011, Kate was a Senior Accountant at The Carlyle Group where she was responsible for partnership accounting and financial reporting for the U.S. Buyout and Financial Services funds.

From 2004 to 2008, Kate was a Senior Consultant in the Financial Services group at Navigant Consulting, assisting clients with complex financial and regulatory compliance issues.

Kate received her M.S. in Accountancy from The University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a B.S. in Finance from Miami University. Kate is also a licensed CPA.

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Brandon Revard

Brandon Revard is a partner and Chief Financial Officer at Element Integrity Group in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Element is a petrochemical inspection company that specializes in mechanical integrity and quality assurance consulting. Prior to Element, Mr. Revard was a partner in FTS Inspection and Engineering. FTS grew from a start up to over 400 employees and executed projects on both a domestic and international scale. In 2007, Mr. Revard managed the sale and integration of FTS to Swiss based SGS, the world’s largest inspection, testing and verification company. During his tenure at SGS, he served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Vice President of the Industrial Services Group for North America.

Mr. Revard is also partner in a commercial and agricultural real estate investment company with holdings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

His prior professional experience includes financial and management positions in the pipeline, telecommunications and banking industries. He actively serves on the Board of Directors for BancFirst in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Mr. Revard holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University. He currently lives in Owasso, Oklahoma with his wife and four children.

Advisors

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Cheryl Gordon

Cheryl Gordon Startup strategist and marketing executive for 30 years in international settings. Past positions include VP and Executive Board member at Pioneer Electronics and InfoBeat, and co-founder of World Panel, a pioneer of mobile electricity. Committed to social entrepreneurship, she serves as a mentor in several Boulder-based accelerators and a professor at Metro State University. Launching a portable solar product into the African market provided the motivation to create a platform for innovative aid products. She is currently Founding Partner at The Level Market: the world's first e-commerce site for the humanitarian world.

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Doug Seebeck

Doug Seebeck is a visionary leader in the work to end global poverty. Fueled by a new birth in Christ as a young man, Doug has worked in economic development for 36 years in communities around the globe. His absolute confidence that business is a calling to do God’s work comes from a lifetime of seeing comprehensive, positive community impact when local entrepreneurs and small businesspeople are empowered to express their unique, God-given creative talent to start and grow businesses.

Doug is the founder of Partners Worldwide, a global Christian network of businesspeople faithfully pursuing a world without poverty. Partners works through locally owned and led community institutions to equip entrepreneurs and small and medium sized business owners with the tools needed for business success. He is also a founding Board member and General Manager of PW Entrepreneurs, a social venture capital fund investing in high impact global enterprises.

Doug began his career in 1978 as an agronomist in community economic development in Bangladesh with World Renew of the Christian Reformed Church. In this and subsequent leadership roles Doug initiated and managed the World Renew expansion and impact across seven countries in East and Southern Africa. Doug began to develop a model of partnering directly with local businesspeople and their U.S. counterparts, through locally owned and led community institutions to build up a permanent economic engine. After 18 years in the field, in 1996 he returned to the U.S. and launched Partners Worldwide so that the model could be honed and extended to all parts of the world.

Doug graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Agronomy from Washington State University and received an M.A. in Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He is the co-author of My Business My Mission, a chronicle of lessons from inspirational business leaders Partners Worldwide has worked with around the globe.

He has been married for 32 years to his wife, Gail, an R.N. who also served in development work in Africa for 15 years. They have raised five adult children, three of whom they adopted as orphans from war-torn Ethiopia. They are blessed with one perfect grandchild, Jay’lah. Doug and Gail are active members of Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Doug is also an Elder. The Seebecks are personally committed to various ministries of their church as well as global organizations working to create fair, free, and joyful societies.

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Oscar Artiga

Oscar Artiga is the Program Manager for TechnoServe’s regional Entrepreneurship Program, which includes business accelerator activities spanning Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso.  He previously managed a social entrepreneurship program with TechnoServe in Chile funded by AngloAmerican.  Oscar has deep experience with Central America’s financial system, including work in organizational processes, fraud prevention, project evaluation and management, and market analysis across the region. Previous to TechnoServe Oscar worked in Citi Group and HSBC.  He holds an MBA from the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, and a BS in industrial engineering from the Universidad Centroamericana.

 

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Moussa P. Blimpo

Moussa the Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region and in the DEC's Development Policy Department at the World Bank. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor of economics and international studies at the University of Oklahoma from 2012 to 2015. Moussa holds a Bachelor degree in applied mathematics and statistics from the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour in France, a M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Economics both from New York University. Upon completing his Ph.D. he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research. His research interest focuses on a wide range of policy relevant questions on African economies. He is the founder of the Center for Research and Opinion Polls (CROP) in Togo, which he led as first director from 2011 to 2015. Moussa was born and raised in Togo, West Africa.

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Shannon Merchant

Shannon is serving as a Communications Consultant for Arrow Global Capital to develop a strategic communications plan marketing the Arrow model to organizations, guarantors, and the international development community. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in International Areas Studies from the University of Oklahoma and Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Texas Christian University. Working with refugees and women emerging from the sex industry through internships with the International Rescue Committee and All Things New developed her interest in advocacy and communications related to social justice and human rights. Following her undergraduate study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, she completed a graduate fellowship consulting with university administrators across Europe to examine international systems of higher education. Currently working in the field of higher education, Shannon is with the University of Washington in Seattle, following a four-year tenure at Texas Christian University. She hopes to continue her work in international communications in the fields of advocacy and education.

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Nick Aguilera

Nick Aguilera is a former Arrow Global Capital fellow through the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma.  Nick built Arrow's donor profile & philanthropic base through dozens of conversations during his time as a fellow.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in International and Area Studies.  During his time at the University of Oklahoma, Nick spent time abroad studying Latin American politics, history, language, culture, and literature in Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in City Planning at the University of California - Berkeley.  Nick, along with the rest of the fellows, knows the Arrow model as well as anyone.  He continues to be a vital voice for Arrow as part of the Advisory Panel.

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Daniel Meschter

Daniel Meschter is a former Arrow Global Capital fellow through the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma.  Part of a dynamic team that helped propel Arrow toward the marketplace, Daniel developed a three-tiered vetting approach for partner accelerators. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 and will study with the Arabic Overseas Flagship program through the spring of 2016 in Meknes, Morocco. On his return stateside he will take a job in Washington, D.C., and pursue a federal career in US foreign relations. Besides his interests in political Islam and Yemen's water crisis, Daniel loves reading hard science fiction, cooking, and running. Daniel continues to be a key part of the Arrow team by sitting on the Advisory Panel.

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Sam Stringer

Sam Stringer is a former Arrow Global Capital fellow through the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma.  Sam built Arrow’s financial model from the ground up.  He worked with the rest of the team to put together projections & a complex formula that has set Arrow up for success.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Sam has held internships with i2E, Inc. in Oklahoma City, as well as the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Technology Development and Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank.  He now works for Houlihan Lokey in New York.  Sam remains a valuable part of Arrow’s present & future by serving as an advisor.

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Anoop Bal

Anoop Bal is a former Arrow Global Capital fellow who served as Team Leader on the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth team that recommended a strategy for bringing the Arrow model to the marketplace. He graduated from OU in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and currently works at the OU Center for Teaching Excellence.  Anoop has experience with social enterprises based in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Costa Rica and hopes to work in the international development field as a consultant, investor, or entrepreneur.

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Alexandra Eggleston

Alex Eggleston is a former Arrow Global Capital fellow through the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma.  Alex worked to develop Arrow’s organizational framework during her time as a fellow, helping turn the idea into a reality.  She graduated with a dual degree in Religious Studies and English Literature: Cultural Studies.  Alex has worked in various capacities for nonprofit organizations large and small; from a statewide nonprofit network, to a historic arts organization. She currently works for the information security company Optiv in Denver, Colorado. Alex is a valued member of the Arrow family in her role as an advisor.

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Kirkland-BlackKirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate, restructuring, tax, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our professional experience.

 

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Sourced through the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), Kirkland & Ellis LLP is representing Arrow Global Capital on a pro bono basis. Helping to draft partnership agreements, guarantor contracts, loan agreements, and much more, the legal team we’re working with from Kirkland’s New York office is an invaluable asset to the Arrow process.

 

Arrow Global Capital is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Visit our “How to Give” page to learn how you can support Arrow.