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Who We Are

Our Team

CEO’s Management Team has more than 40 years of combined experience operating consumer lending programs for new Americans. This core CEO team works in close collaboration with IRC economic empowerment staff in the locations where CEO is operational. The most efficient way to contact a CEO team member is by emailing

CEO is guided by its Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee.

CEO’s Members and Board of Directors:

  • Sean Carpenter, Chairman
  • Hans Van de Weerd, President
  • Ellen Beattie, Treasurer
  • Michael Aikins, Secretary
  • Sutanto Widjaja, Director

Follow this link to see the members of the CEO Advisory Committee.

IRC Economic Empowerment Team

CEO was born after years of economic empowerment work from the IRC, championed by current CEO staff. IRC’s National Economic Empowerment leaders collaborate closely with CEO on nearly all areas of operation, including serving on CEO’s Internal Loan Committee.