On August 11, 2011, Nathan Associates elected Tessie San Martin to its corporate board. Dr. San Martin is the seven-member board’s fourth outside director. Dr. San Martin brings broad and deep experience in the public and private sectors to her position on the board, having worked for 25 years in bilateral and multilateral development agencies, in academia, and in various roles in international development.
Dr. San Martin is currently President and CEO of Plan USA, a $750 million organization and one of the world’s top ranked nongovernmental agencies. Plan USA works in 50 countries developing sustainable solutions to end the cycle of poverty for children. Earlier, she was the Vice President for International Development for Abt Associates, a Massachusetts-based company that applies scientific research and technical expertise to resolve social, economic, and technological policy issues. While at Abt, she helped expand the company’s international development portfolio to nearly $200 million a year, almost tripling the portfolio in less than three years.
As the Director for the Operations Group of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) she managed 45 professionals involved in political risk insurance and technical assistance programs. In this role, she facilitated the integration of the agency’s $1.2 billion underwriting operations with other risk mitigation products in the World Bank, oversaw development of the agency’s strategic framework, and increased MIGA’s trust funds to support a bigger technical assistance portfolio.
Before joining MIGA, Dr. San Martin was a partner in IBM Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting) where she was responsible for building a $100 million international development portfolio spanning 40 countries. The portfolio included privatization projects in Egypt, Bosnia, and Indonesia; capital markets and corporate governance strengthening projects in the former Soviet Union and India; pension reform programs in Mexico and Poland; and competitiveness and workforce development projects in Egypt.
Previously Dr. San Martin was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, president of a strategic planning company in Washington, DC, and senior faculty advisor for a management institute in the Dominican Republic.