Fernando Maldonado leads the Digital Finance Community of Practice at USAID and advises on team strategy. The DFS Community of Practice serves as a platform for learning, innovation, and peer-to-peer exchange around digital financial services in support of agency development goals. Prior to joining USAID Fernando managed and provided technical assistance to a number of USAID funded economic growth, value chain, food security, and youth livelihood development projects around the globe. His most recent post was with Partners of the Americas where he served as Director of Operations of the USAID funded A Ganar Alliance: Using Sport to Impact Youth Employment and Youth Engagement program. Fernando holds a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics with a minor in Economics from George Mason University.