Alex Counts

Vice Chair, Board of Advisors

Alex Counts is the Vice Chair of Methane Action’s advisory board. The author of Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship (Rivertowns Books, 2019), he is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations (including the India Philanthropy Alliance), and an affiliated faculty of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

In 1997 he established Grameen Foundation with the support of Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus and became its President and CEO. He did so after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years, mostly spent living in rural Bangladesh. He ran the organization for its first 18 years, and remains a friend of and volunteer for Grameen Foundation.

Counts also wrote Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World (Wiley, 2008) and most recently When In Doubt, Ask for More: And 213 Other Life and Career Lessons for the Mission-Driven Leader (Rivertowns Books, 2020). He has been published in The Washington Post, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Counts was a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion, and served for 12 years before becoming an member emeritus in May 2020.  He served as the chairman of Fonkoze USA.  He was a founding member of and served as co-chair of the Microfinance CEO Working Group (which today is the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion). He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children in the state of Maryland.  His blog covers topics related to excellence in nonprofit management and beyond.

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