Global Advisory Council members on a field visit to Peru

Global Advisory Council

The Global Advisory Council is a community of members from around the world who deeply care about making a difference and want to share in, and support, the mission of TechnoServe. Members of the Global Advisory Council are ambassadors for TechnoServe, providing financial support, strategic advice and connections to others in order to advance the life-changing work of the organization.

The Global Advisory Council is a community of TechnoServe supporters from around the world that act as ambassadors for the organization.


Andrea Stepanski, TechnoServe's Manager, Major Gifts

Andrea StepanskiManager, Major Gifts

About the Program

The Global Advisory Council has been an integral part of TechnoServe since our founding in 1968 and will continue to be as we strive to increase our impact throughout the world.  Even though many of our programs are funded by substantial grants from large organizations, TechnoServe relies on funding from private donors to provide vital support to innovate and deepen our impact in the developing world.

Members receive invitations to exciting events to learn more about TechnoServe’s work and connect with others equally as passionate about international development. Global Advisory Council activities are designed to provide an “insider’s perspective” into our work and include:

  • Annual trips to visit TechnoServe’s programs in action and speak with beneficiaries
  • Quarterly webinars highlighting TechnoServe’s successes and challenges
  • Regional events to connect with other TechnoServe supporters
  • Special communications to better understand the impact of poverty in countries where we work
  • Recognition for your outstanding support

Supporting TechnoServe

To help TechnoServe bring economic development and hope to even more enterprising individuals across the developing world, Global Advisory Council members are asked to make a minimum annual gift of $2,500 USD and to connect TechnoServe to potential new GAC members and supporters.

Meet Our Global Advisory Council

Membership in the Global Advisory Council is an exciting opportunity to learn more about TechnoServe’s life changing work. Meet some of the GAC members behind our latest efforts to empower men and women to lift themselves out of poverty.

TechnoServe is able to maximize its impact in poor communities thanks to the generous support of our donors. Even though many of our programs are funded by substantial grants from large organizations, TechnoServe relies on funding from private donors to provide vital support to innovate and deepen our impact in developing world. Meet some of the people behind our latest efforts to empower men and women to lift themselves out of poverty.

"TechnoServe has consistently impressed me, both as a volunteer as well as a donor. The organization has a tremendous impact on people around the world, by providing individuals with the tools (rather than just a charitable payment) that they need to lift themselves out of poverty – and remain out of poverty for the long-term."

Justin Heyman, Global Advisory Council Member

Global Advisory Council Events

Council Conversation: Looking Ahead with TechnoServe’s Global Coffee Director

June 16, 2021

Members are invited to join TechnoServe’s Global Coffee Director, Paul Stewart, for a live conversation. Paul can’t wait to share great stories of impact, updates on our evolving work in the coffee sector, our vision to reach more farmers in the future, and answer questions about this beloved beverage.

Council Conversation: Creating Lasting Impact for Women Across the World

March 16, 2021

As we honor International Women’s Day this month, members are invited to a small and exclusive meeting with TechnoServe’s Global Gender Director, Cristina Manfre. Cristina is looking forward to the opportunity to share a behind the scenes update on how TechnoServe works towards lifting women out of poverty in varying contexts through the world, measures our impact, and holds ourselves accountable.

Town Hall with TechnoServe’s President and CEO

December 8, 2020

As 2020 came to a close, William Warshauer spoke with members to share updates on TechnoServe’s work, current obstacles faced, and TechnoServe’s focus for the future.


Members of the Global Advisory Council

Evelyn A. Windhager SwansonChairman

Charles ReardonSteering Committee Member

Chris SchipperSteering Committee Member

Rick WalleighSteering Committee Member

Emily A. WestSteering Committee Member

David B. Abernethy

John Adractas

Monica G. Adractas

Susan Ball

William P. Becker

Lauren Blum

Katie Boland

Kenneth Branson

Andrew Briggs

Gary Brownell

Mary Ann Brownell

Carol H. Bullard

Payson Bullard

Amy Bullard Davies

Guadalupe Castañeda

Andrew Chapin

Kevin Charlton

Lori O. Clauson

Peter A. Clauson

George Clothier

Graeme Clements

Titi Cole

Alison Conway

Bill Day

Gregory de Sousa

Erika DiGiovanni

Emma Dorn

Sandi Finn

Carter Emerson

Russell Faucett

Ronald Foisy

Johannes Frey

Kristin Frey

Eric Fuller

Gerald Garbacz

Alessandro Gigante

Rolf Goetze

Lisa Halsted

Scott Halsted

Susan Heerin

Henry Hewes

Justin Heyman

Seth Hieken

Corky Hoffman

Lynn Johnson

Burt Kaliski

Michele Kaliski

Betty Ann Kaplan

Gil Kaplan

Paisley Kelling

James Kraft

T'Shaka Lee

Dan Levin

Brad Lindenbaum

Paul Linthorst

Andrzej J. Lubowski

Caroline Lundberg

Yasmine Mahdavi

Robert McCarthy

Laura McCarty

Louise Middleton

Arshad Mumtaz

Timothy Ohlwiler

Susan Okie Bush

Lorna Power

Tanner Powers

Alice Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Ian Ramsey

Micha Ramsey

Rudy Ramsey

Bonnie E. Raquet

Peter Raquet

James T. Riordan

Hans Rueedi

Gerald L. Schmaedick

Wayne Schultz

Benjamin Segal

Richard Seltzer

Robin Sherwood

Eric Sillman

James Small

Chuck Stocking

Scott Straus

Matthew Tierney

Michael Tierney

Patricia E. Tierney

Edward Tomeo

Joan Tomeo

Rudy Veerjee

Wendy Walleigh

Ralph Watson

Theodore S. Weber

Amy Liane West

David West

Susan Zager

Andrew Zuraw

Rachel Zuraw