Gina Harman

CEO, Accion, The U.S. Network

Gina Harman is the CEO of Accion’s U.S. Network, the only nationwide nonprofit microfinance and small-business lending network in the United States. A longtime proponent of social justice, she believes passionately in helping hard-working, determined people take control of their economic future so they can provide for themselves and their families while contributing to their communities.

Harman began her career in the nonprofit sector, serving in leadership roles including Executive Director of the Central Astoria Community Development Organization and Executive Director of the Washington Square Day Care Cooperative. After 12 years working for nonprofits, she honed her business leadership skills at Harman International, eventually serving as President of their $600 million consumer division.

In 2002, she joined the board of directors of Accion New York while working at Harman. She then joined Accion full time in 2008, bringing her commitment to the nonprofit sector full circle after more than 20 years.

Harman holds a B.A. from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Management Institute at Columbia University. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the US Financial Diaries, Capital One’s NMTC and the Center for an Urban Future’s report about the importance of women entrepreneurs to New York City’s economy. She has served as an advisor to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Working Groups at CGI American from 2010 to 2014 and was named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women in 2012.