Lucy is the Executive Director of the Wallace Center, having joined the organization in 2016. Lucy has twenty years of experience in domestic and international organizational development within social purpose organizations, ranging from large and established institutions to start-ups, with thematic areas spanning consumer protection services, small business and social enterprise development, agriculture, and blended finance. Before Wallace, she spent seven years working on initiatives from market and infrastructure development to poultry and mixed-crop farm management in El Salvador, Uganda, Peru, Zambia and Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua and developing an impact-investment and philanthropically funded cacao farm, Lucy saw the incredible value and impact of regenerative agriculture and livestock integration into farming operations, and the importance of farm viability for rural communities.
Besides her work at Wallace, Lucy is also an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced Academic Programs, where she’s been teaching classes on social enterprise since 2017. Born in Krakow and growing up in Chicago, Lucy has lived in Poland, US, Canada, and Mexico, and speaks fluent Polish and Spanish. She received her BA in Political Science and Spanish from University of Illinois at Chicago and her MPA and MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She is currently serving as an Integrated Capital Institute Fellow at RSF Social Finance and sits on the board of directors at EOS International.