Jack McDonald

Adjunct Instructor
Headshot of Jack MacDonald
2109 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Academic Areas

International Business


  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1981
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1983
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, 1987


Jack McDonald is an Adjunct Professor of Management and the Owner of Catawba International Advisors, LLC, a business consulting firm, operating since 2007, which provides strategic and risk management advice to Washington, DC-based infrastructure lenders. Recent and/or current clients include the US Department of Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank and sub-contracting roles with the Federal offices of larger consulting firms such as Booz-Allen-Hamilton and Jones-Lang-Lasalle (JLL). He is a regular instructor on topics such as ‘International Project Finance’ at the Institute for Public Private Partnerships based in Arlington, Virginia.

Prior to starting his own firm, Jack was the Head of the Credit Risk Unit for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. responsible for approval of loans ranging from $50 to $400 million to infrastructure projects in Latin America. Prior to that, Jack was the Managing Director for Project Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), also in Washington, DC. At OPIC, he managed a team of 28 MBA’s responsible for production of 20 to 30 loans per year for annual volume between $1.5 to $2.0 billion in Latin America, Asia and Africa. He began his career as an Officer for Premier Venture Capital Corporation, a small business investment corporation financing start-up companies in the US. He also served as a microfinance advisor for three years living and working with a Spanish speaking team in Bolivia.

Jack has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nairobi, Kenya and Santa Cruz Bolivia and has traveled to over 50 countries in his business career. He lives on a small farm in Catawba, Virginia with his wife, Mary who, as a veterinarian holds two Virginia Tech degrees. They enjoy raising farm animals, sponsoring a ‘goat loan’ program in Uganda and serving together as deacons at the River Anglican Church in Blacksburg.