Jamie M. Zimmerman and Sarah Rotman
New America Foundation and CGAP

Jamie M. Zimmerman is director of the Global Assets Project at the New America Foundation.  The project aims to inform and stimulate global asset-building innovations among the increasingly integrated areas of financial access, financial education, social policy, and commercial financial services. Zimmerman directs the project’s various efforts to advance savings and asset-building policies and initiatives around the world.  Her current areas of focus include, but are not limited to: savings-linked conditional cash transfers, child and youth savings policies, foreign aid reform, communities of practice on savings products for the poor, and the role of technology in asset building and development.


Zimmerman speaks frequently on asset building and global development, both domestically and abroad, and her writing has appeared in such various outlets as Yale Global, Enterprise Development & Microfinance, Human Rights Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine and AOL News.

Previously, Zimmerman was the associate director of Globalization Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, where she managed research and outreach efforts for projects aimed at building awareness of the relationship between international trade, human rights, and corporate social responsibility. That research lead to the 2007 book Trade Imbalance: the Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking, which Zimmerman co-authored with Dr. Susan Aaronson.


Internationally, she has worked as an international trade consultant in São Paulo, Brazil, and with nonprofit micro-enterprise development groups in Urubamba, Peru. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she also earned a master’s degree in international political economy and international development from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.


Sarah Rotman works on CGAP’s Technology and Business Model Innovation Team where she leads the work on branchless banking in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). She also manages the team’s work on government-to-person payments (G2P), looking at ways to leverage this large flow of money to bring the poor, unbanked into the formal financial system.


Prior to joining CGAP, Sarah worked with a microfinance bank in Rwanda, worked for a development nonprofit on education project in Haiti and Africa, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin. She has a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


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