Gary Ford is an attorney, executive, and impact investor who focuses on market-driven approaches to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Gary currently serves as President and CEO of MCE Social Capital, a nonprofit impact investing firm that uses a pioneering loan guarantee model to generate economic opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries across the world, with a special commitment to women living in rural areas. Gary has been an MCE Guarantor since shortly after MCE began operations in 2006.
MCE works to help the billions of people in the world who lack access to formal financial services and must contend with financial insecurity on a daily basis by funding two types of organizations: (a) microfinance institutions (MFIs) that help people living in rural areas gain access to credit, savings accounts, insurance, healthcare, business education, and technical assistance, and (b) small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create jobs, help smallholder farmers, facilitate clean water and energy, and increase household savings.
Since 2006, MCE has made more than $130 million in loans to more than 90 institutions reaching hundreds of thousands of people in more than 45 developing countries.
A lawyer, Gary has served as ERISA Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, as General Counsel to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and as a Principal at Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. He has consistently been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America, and Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers in D.C.
Besides serving as a board member at the Synergos Institute, Gary is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Sarona Frontier Markets Fund,
Gary received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Boston University. Gary likes any form of exercise that doesn’t require much skill, a good book, and the company of friends. He lives with his wife, Nancy Ebb, in Bethesda, Maryland.