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Meet the Women of OPIC: Tara Guelig

March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.

Tara Guelig

Director, SME Financing


photo of Tara Guelig, Director, Small and Medium Enterprise Financing, OPIC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Women of OPIC, developing countries, emerging markets, public diplomacy, national security​​​​​​​Tell us a little about yourself:

I work as a Director originating loans with small business clients in SMEF. Previously, I oversaw the Labor and Human Rights Group within the Office of Investment Policy. Prior to joining OPIC, I worked as a consultant in the Private Sector Development Unit at the International Finance Corporation. I have also worked as a consultant for CARE International and completed a social impact assessment of their microfinance program in Zimbabwe. I received a M.S. in Finance from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.A. in International Development Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

What do you like best about working at OPIC?

Like many, I’m was originally drawn to OPIC’s mission which promises work that can be challenging, hopefully rewarding and always interesting. Since coming here, what I’ve come to appreciate most are the smart, dedicated professionals that make the day-to-day work fulfilling and enjoyable. I’ve been here for 13 years and given the range of projects and evolving landscape, I feel like I’m continually learning.

Is there a woman who has inspired you?

I feel fortunate to have professionally come of age in an environment with many competent and successful female mentors, supervisors and senior leaders. It’s inspiring to see how a diversity of ideas and perspectives - of any kind - can enhance an organization. ​​​​​​​

Will you tell us an interesing fact about yourself?

Outside of work, I have two young boys that keep me busy as we explore the parks, restaurants and neighborhoods of DC.



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