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Hinnen, Patricia Foley


Professional Title: Founding CEO

Organization: Capital Sisters International


Occupation: International Development for Women

What I really do is: Raise funds to finance $100 business loans for impoverished women in developing countries


BA Political Science and Economics: University of Colorado

Masters degree in Public Policy and Evaluation: University of Denver

Memberships/Offices Held
(Civic, Political, Professional)

Board of Director’s Role

  • Colorado Women’s Forum
  • Capital Sisters International
  • Capital Friends International
  • the Women Leaders Network (Asia Pacific Economic Forum)
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Liberia
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Lesotho
  • the Micro Business Development Center
  • the Colorado Microfinance Alliance
  • Colorado Microcredit
  • the Alliance of Professional Women
  • the International Alliance for Women
  • and Earth Day Colorado.


Acknowledgements Include:

  • The Global Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion – AARP/Encore
  • Named “One of 15 Inspiring CEOs that Impacted the World” – Cause Artists
  • “Who’s Who in Impact Investing” – Denver Business Journal
  • Official Delegate to the United Nations Conference on Women in 2018 and 2019 – Women’s Forum
  • Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur – World Denver
  • Global Service Award – the Alliance of Professional Women

My first job was: Working construction at a housing development

For fun/pleasure I: Hike, climb, and travel

I’d like to know more about: How to achieve global peace

I wish I could do more about: Poverty alleviation for women and children who live on less than $1 a day

I consider my greatest achievement to be:

  • Creating the first women’s bond in the world to finance micro business loans for women in developing countries.
  • Helping to create the world’s first International Nuclear Safety Agreement for power plants after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Partner/Spouse: Britt Hinnen, high school sweetheart

Children: Two sons, Dane 33 and Cole 31 and Cole’s wife Jana 31

Something Interesting About Me That a Resume Would Not Reveal

  • I was one of the first 7 women to work underground in Colorado in a hard rock mine; I worked 2,000 feet underground operating heavy equipment for a year to earn money for grad school.
  • I have been in 5 revolutions around the world while traveling to, living, and working in 60 countries.