Long-time Investment Strategist Debra Wetherby joins BRAC USA Board of Directors

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Founder and CEO of employee-owned advisory firm with $4 billion under management brings financial sector experience and accounting expertise to BRAC USA board

Debra “Deb” Wetherby, founder and CEO of Wetherby Asset Management, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors of BRAC USA.

A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2006, BRAC USA is an independent affiliate of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based non-governmental organization reaching 126 million people in 11 countries. From its office in New York, NY, BRAC USA mobilizes resources and raises awareness in the United States and Canada in support of BRAC’s global mission to empower people in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice to bring about change in their own lives.

“I couldn’t be happier to join one of the world’s largest families, especially one that has spent over four decades piloting and scaling up solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges,” Wetherby says.

Wetherby, who left Morgan Stanley to start her own business in 1990, has been active in community work around her home in the Bay Area. She has taught graduate business courses at Golden Gate University and is active in several community organizations, including the Marin Community Foundation, the Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and the UC San Francisco Foundation (Investment Committee Chair). She was also previously on the board of directors for the Redwoods Foundation.

Under Wetherby's leadership, Wetherby Asset Management has received national recognition for its client-centric work, including the 2009 Charles Schwab IMPACT Award, Barron's: Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors 2011, a profile in Forbes magazine and being interviewed on CNBC, among other notable moments. The company is employee-owned, currently with 52 employees serving over 500 clients, with headquarters in San Francisco and an office in New York City.

“Deb impressed me with her desire to give back through an organization that works holistically and at scale,” says BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis.

Says BRAC USA Chairperson Dr. Lincoln Chen, “Deb is a great addition to the board. She is passionate about contributing, and has a special interest in BRAC’s history and reputation as a learning organization, as well as its track record in cost-effective poverty alleviation.”

“It’s such an exciting time for BRAC,” Wetherby adds. “Whether it’s a $6 million campaign to unlock $40 million worth of projects, or a $90 million campaign to build a new campus for BRAC University, there’s so many ways to have a meaningful, lasting impact as a BRAC USA board member.”

ABOUT BRAC
BRAC is a development success story, spreading solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other countries around the world. Originally Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (later Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, now simply BRAC), it started out as a limited relief operation in 1972 in a remote village of Bangladesh. It has turned into the largest development organisation in the world. Organizing the poor using communities’ own human and material resources, it catalyzes lasting change, creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. It does this with a holistic development approach geared toward inclusion, using tools like microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services, community empowerment and more. Its work now touches the lives of an estimated 126 million people, with staff and BRAC-trained entrepreneurs numbering in the hundreds of thousands, a global movement bringing change to 11 countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. For more information, go to http://www.brac.net or read the BRAC Blog.

ABOUT BRAC USA
BRAC USA is an independent affiliate launched in 2007 to advance and support BRAC’s global mission.

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