The Advisory Board of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance is made up of professionals who
volunteer their time to promote and improve domestic and international microfinance efforts based in San Diego.


Elizabeth Schott
CEO, Accion Serving Southern California
Ms. Schott joined Accion in 2004 and as CEO is currently responsible for overall strategic developmental and operational areas of the organization, in addition to board development, human resources, and fundraising. She brings almost 15 years of project and organizational development, strategic marketing and public relations experience to the organization. She received her B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Spanish from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and is also a graduate of the 2012 Fieldstone Foundation’s Executive Learning Group Leadership Training Program and the 2014 Coaching Program. Schott is a 2012 3rd place winner of the SD Advance Fast Pitch Competition by Social Venture Partners and was recognized with San Diego Metro’s 40 under 40 Award in 2014. She has participated in a variety of small business organizations and committees throughout San Diego and is a founding member of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance.

Susan Lamping
Vice President of Community Lending, CDC Small Business Finance
Susan Lamping is the Vice President of Community Lending at CDC Small Business Finance where she has overseen the Community Lending activities since 2001. Mrs. Lamping has a wide variety of experience in the international and development fields including living in Nepal for two years while serving with the United States Peace Corps. She is proficient in three languages and enjoys supporting small business owners by providing access to business financing. She is a founding member of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance and served as the Summit Planning Committee Chair from 2010-2015.

Robert Gailey
Director, Center for International Development & Professor of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University
Robert teaches International Development, International Business, and Leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University. As Director of the Center for International Development, Robert mentors students, supports faculty, and engages the external community in the study and application of holistic business practices to alleviate global poverty. Robert is a founding member of the Alliance, serves on the Advisory Board, and has taught the Microfinance 101 course and helped coordinate the Microfinance 102 course in years past.

Stephen Conroy
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs, University of San Diego
Steve is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs and a Professor of Economics and at the University of San Diego, where he joined the faculty in the fall 2004. Dr. Conroy also served as the Faculty Director of the Center for Peace of Commerce at the University of San Diego from 2012 – 2015. His research interests include economics of poverty, microfinance, housing and real estate economics, economics of education, business ethics, and economics of aging. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied microeconomics and gets students involved in microfinance projects both in and outside the classroom. “Microfinance needs a social mission. It’s more than just making loans, it’s about helping people. Microfinancing is one tool for poverty alleviation. It’s an act of social justice through a business medium“.

Chris Nayve
Assistant Provost of Community Engagement Director, Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center University of San Diego
Chris has been with the University of San Diego since 1996 and his service-learning, community development, and social responsibility background includes microfinance, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, developing civil rights and social justice education, and facilitating diversity and inclusion trainings. Chris was selected as one of 50 “America’s Leaders of Change” by the National Urban Fellows and is a founding member of the San Diego Microfinance Alliance.

Anna Lu
Founder, EPTEAM Network University of California, San Diego
Anna is the Founder of the EPTEAM Network at the University of California, San Diego. The EPTEAM is an action-oriented group dedicated to combining the benefits of education and microfinance with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty for impoverished families. The EPTEAM Network stands for Eliminating Poverty through Education and Microfinance and its members share a passionate desire to cultivate an awareness of poverty-related and to help others in their desire to succeed in a life free from poverty.

Bryndan Stueve
Program Officer
As Program Officer, Bryndan Stueve believes in partnership building and collaboration within a multi-stakeholder environment. His responsibilities with LISC San Diego include oversight of the Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) and Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) programs. Prior to joining LISC in September 2017, Bryndan supervised the Microenterprise Program at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego. Working from within IRC's Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), Bryndan directed programs that provide business training, financial coaching, and lending services to hundreds of entrepreneurs annually. Previously, as a partner in the City Heights Economic Development Collaboration, Bryndan assisted in multiple community development initiatives, including the 2017 launch of the Fair@44 street marketplace in City Heights. Bryndan grew up in San Diego and holds a BS degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis