Senior Partner/ Executive Director/ Co-Founder
Andrew Youn started One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya with John Gachunga, and now lives in Rwanda.
Director of Global Operations
Nick Handler joined One Acre Fund in 2009. Prior to joining, he earned his B.S. and M.Sc. from Stanford University in Geologic and Environmental Sciences, and worked as an environmental consultant. Nick served as the One Acre Fund Kenya Country Director from 2011 to 2015, and together with a team of 1,400 staff oversaw the growth of the program from 3,000 clients to 135,000 clients during this time. Recently, Nick has shifted to a global role focused on strengthening support systems and people-related functions across all of our areas of operation. He is currently based in Kampala, Uganda.
Field Director, Nyamira and Green Shamba, Kenya
Fred joined One Acre Fund in August of 2011 as a trial manager in charge of nurseries and field trials. Early in 2013 he was promoted to become the trials director at our base in Nyanza. In September 2013, he became the field director of Nyamira and Green Shamba, which is one of our trials districts.
Field Director Matete District, Kenya
Daniel Andanje started working for One Acre Fund in 2009 as a field officer in Shiyunzu, Kakamega. In August 2010, he was promoted to field manager, and then to assistant field director of Kakamega North in January 2012. He became the field director of Matete district in August 2013. Daniel holds a diploma in Procurement from Jomo Kenyatta University.
Field Director Kabondo District, Kenya
Alice started working with One Acre Fund as a demo plot agent in February 2010 in Miriuki East and was soon promoted to become the field officer in Kakangutu East. In 2011, she became a field manager and quickly rose to the position of assistant field director for Rachuonyo district in 2013. Alice now works as the field director for Kabondo. She has previous experience in community service, having worked with Family Bank and Rift Valley Commercial College.
Field Director Butere District, Kenya
Margaret first joined One Acre Fund in August 2010 as a temporary hire. Three months later she was hired as a field officer of Muyundi in Butere. In May 2011, she was promoted to field manager. From January 2013 she worked for four months as a surveillance manager, before being promoted to assistant field director in Butere district. In September 2013, she became the field director of Butere district.
Senior Field Director Webuye and Matete Districts, Kenya
Patrick Keya was trained as a general agriculture student at Sangalo Institute of Technology. He previously served with the organization Farm Inputs Promotion Services. He started at One Acre Fund as a pest and disease manager, and is now the field director for Webuye District, in Kenya.
Senior Field Director, Chwele District, Kenya
Isaac Khaemba is a farmer who originally started in the One Acre Fund program. He was soon hired as a field officer, rose quickly to the rank of field manager, and now is senior field director for Chwele District, Kenya.
Field Director Migori District, Kenya
Fredrick joined One Acre Fund in June 2010 as a field officer in Mogusi, Kisii district. In 2011, he became a field manager later moving to Migori district as an assistant field director. In August 2014, Fredrick was promoted to be the field director of Migori district. His previously worked as a community agricultural adviser and farm planner in Kisii.
Field Director Busia District, Kenya
Sammy started working for One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Kibichori, Chwele. One year later he was promoted to become a field manager, and two years later he became an MLND surveillance manager. In February 2012, he became the assistant field director of Busia district and quickly rose to the position of field director four months later. Sammy holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from Kisumu Polytechnic and has previously worked as an abstinence and risk knowledge facilitator for World Vision.
Field Director, Teso District, Kenya
Meshak Moco holds a diploma in general agriculture. Prior to One Acre Fund, Meshak worked in the Ministry of Agriculture as a crops officer in Nairobi. He joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a farmer in Chwele District. In June 2008, he was hired as a field officer, and two months later he was promoted to field manager. Within three months, Meshak was promoted to assistant field director. He is now the field director in Teso District.
Field Director Kisii District, Kenya
Benard joined One Acre Fund as demo plot agent in 2011 at Ikuruma site, Kisii District. A few months later he became a field officer of Ikuruma. Benard was promoted to field manager in 2012 and then became an assistant field director for Kisii district a year later. He rose to field director of Kisii District in 2014. Benard holds a diploma in Education from Tambach Teacher’s Training College. He was a teacher for four years at Matembe Secondary School.
Field Director Nyamira District, Kenya
Milliam joined One Acre Fund in 2011 as a field officer in Nyagwekoa and Mageri sites of our Rachuonyo District. She rose to field manager in 2012, and then in June 2013, she became the assistant field director for Kisii. Milliam is currently the field director for Nyamira. She has prior experience as a community health worker.
Field Director Gucha District, Kenya
George started working as a demo plot agent in February 2011 and was hired as a field officer in Masongo four months later. In March 2012, he was promoted to field manager and then onto assistant field director in August 2013. In August 2014, George became the field director of our Gucha district. Previously he worked as a community health worker.
Field Director Masaba District, Kenya
Everlyne started working with One Acre Fund as a field officer in June 2011. In August 2012, she was promoted to field manager and then later to assistant field director in early 2014. After a few months as assistant field director, she was promoted to field director for our Masaba district. She has previously worked as a primary school teacher and holds a certificate in Education from Egoji Teacher’s Training College.
Field Director, Kakamega North District, Kenya
Cleric holds a certificate in Laboratory Technology from Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology. He is the field director of Kakamega North district and has worked for One Acre Fund since 2010. He started as a field officer in Buboko site, Butere district. In 2011 he was promoted to field manager and later became a surveillance manager. He was then promoted to assistant field director of Kakamega South in 2013, a position he held until May 2014.
Senior Field Director, Kakamega District, Kenya
Daniel Okongo has a BS in horticulture from Egerton University. He previously served with the organization Farm Inputs Promotion Services. He started at One Acre Fund as a field officer, and rose quickly to become the senior field director for Kakamega District, Kenya.
Susan Anyango Omollo
Field Director, Rachuonyo, Kenya
Susan joined One Acre Fund in February 2010 as a demo plot agent. In June of the same year, she became a field officer and managed two sites with a total of 316 farmers. In 2011, she was promoted to the role of field manager, where she served until June 2012, when she became a senior field manager. Six months later, Susan was promoted to assistant field director of Rachuonyo district. She quickly rose to become the Field Director of Rachuonyo in September 2013.
Senior Field Director Migori, Homabay, Green Shamba, Rachuonyo & Kabondo District, Kenya
Alexander Opana started working at One Acre Fund in 2009 as the first field officer in Nyanza province in Kenya. After seven months he was promoted to assistant field director, later becoming the field director in early 2010. In July of 2013, Alexander was promoted to the position of senior field director. He holds a diploma in Legal Studies from Kenafric School of Business Studies.
Bernard Otieno Otech
Senior Field Director Kisii and Nyamira District, Kenya
Bernard started working with One Acre Fund as a farmer and a group leader in January 2009. In February 2010, he became a monitoring and evaluation officer in charge of expansion in the Nyanza province. One year later, he was promoted to field manager for Kisii district, a position he served until September 2012, when he became a senior field manager. In August 2013, he was then promoted to the position of field director of Kisii.
Field Director Lugari District, Kenya
Geoffrey joined One Acre Fund in May 2009 as a field officer in Misikhu Webuye district. He later became a field manager in October 2010. In February 2013, Geoffrey moved to Lugari district as the assistant field director and quickly rose to become the field director in September 2014. He is a trained teacher and previously taught at Sinoko primary school.
Senior Field Director Gucha and Masaba District, Kenya
Alfred joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Kakamega. In 2009, he was promoted to field manager, later becoming a senior field manager. Three years later, he was promoted to assistant field director in Gucha District. He quickly rose to become the field director in late 2012, and then was promoted to be a senior field director in 2013. Alfred holds a diploma in General Agriculture from Bukura Agricultural Training College.
Field Director Sirisia District, Kenya
Evans holds a diploma in Human Resource Management from University of Nairobi. He started working for One Acre Fund in 2009 as a field officer in Kisiwa, Chwele district. He was promoted to become a field manager in September 2010. From September 2012, Evans worked as a surveillance manager and quickly rose to become the assistant field director in Sirisia district, where he now serves as the field director.
Senior Field Director Bungoma South District, Kenya
Phoebe started working with One Acre Fund in 2007 as a farmer and group leader in Bungoma. After three months she was hired as a field officer in charge of Yetana site, and quickly rose to field manager six months later. In 2008 Phoebe was promoted to the field director of Bungoma South, and in August 2014 she became the Senior Field Director there.
Field Director Webuye District, Kenya
Vincent Simiyu started working with One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Victoria, Bungoma South district. Within four months he was promoted to the position of field manager. In 2012, he moved to Webuye district, where he became an assistant field director. In 2013, he was then promoted to field director for Webuye District. He has worked with various agricultural companies including Maketo and Nzoia Sugar. Vincent holds a diploma in General Agriculture from Sangalo Institute.
Field Director Kimilili District, Kenya
Oliver Simiyu previously worked for East Africa Seeds Company in Uganda. He joined One Acre Fund as a farmer in early 2009, later becoming the North Nalondo field officer. He was promoted to field manager in 2010 and then served as a surveillance manager in 2011. He was promoted to assistant field director of Chwele district in 2012. Oliver has served as the field director of Kimilili district since October 2014.
Field Director Chwele District, Kenya
Kassim Simiyu started working as an assistant for One Acre Fund passion fruit project in Bungoma in 2008. He then became the field officer for South Kitusiru that same year. He quickly rose to the field manager position and later became the assistant field director of our Chwele district. He has worked as the field director for Chwele district since 2013. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Eldoret University.
Country Director, Kenya
Kiette Tucker graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University's School of International Business. She has previously worked with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2009, Kiette moved to Somaliland to start up and direct operations at a secondary boarding school called Abaarso Tech. Kiette has worked with One Acre Fund since 2011 and now serves as the Kenya Country Director.
Field Director Bungoma South, Kenya
Francis started as a One Acre Fund farmer in 2006; he was then hired as a field officer near the end of that same year. Four years later he became a field manager and then rose to the position of an assistant field director in 2013. Francis became the field director of Bungoma South district in September 2014. Previously he worked as a medical laboratory technician at East Wanga Nursing Home.
Senior Field Director Butere, Gem & Busia District, Kenya
Protus Wanguche Wangatia holds a diploma in general agriculture. Prior to One Acre Fund, he worked as a service provider in the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Program. Protus joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a field officer in Webuye District. He was promoted to field manager, where he served for six months before being promoted to field director. He is currently serving One Acre Fund farmers in Butere District.
Senior Field Director Lugari and Kimilili District, Kenya
Pauline Wanjala joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a farmer, and quickly became a field officer in Webuye District. She was promoted to field manager within seven months. Pauline is now serving farmers as a field director in Lugari District.
Field Director Gem District, Kenya
Andrew holds a diploma in General Agriculture and prior to joining One Acre Fund, he worked as an extension agent for Nzoia Sugar Company. He joined One Acre Fund in 2008 as a farmer and group leader in South Kurisiru, Sirisia district. In September 2009, he was hired as a field officer in Butonge and then later transferred to Butere district as a field manager in May 2011. In January 2012, he was promoted to assistant field director in Butere district. Andrew now works as the field director of Gem district.
Field Director, LWH sites, Rwanda
Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Joseph Bunozande spent ten years as a primary school teacher. He began working at One Acre Fund in 2008 and quickly became a field manager in Nyamasheke district. By 2011 he was an assistant field director in Nyanza, and was soon promoted to field director. He is responsible now for coordinating One Acre Fund's field operations at all LWH sites in Rwanda, including Nyanza, Karongi, and Kayonza.
Field Director of Karongi District, Rwanda
Louis started working for One Acre Fund in 2010 as a field officer. In 2011, he moved to our Rwanda Headquarters (HQ) to help coordinate field and HQ staff operations. In 2013, Louis became assistant field director at our HQ’s home district, and by the next year, he was promoted to field director of Karongi.
General Partner/Rwanda Impact Director
Jesse Goldfarb joined One Acre Fund in 2009. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Jesse led outdoor adventure trips, worked for a democracy and governance non-profit, and helped start a small family farm in upstate New York.
Field Director, Rwanda
Josephine Mukamurenzi began working with One Acre Fund as a group leader in Nyamasheke District. In July 2010, she was hired as a field officer. After three seasons, Josephine was promoted to field manager and was soon relocated to One Acre Fund headquarters in Karongi. Josephine now serves as a field director and head trainer. Before joining One Acre Fund, Josephine was a teacher.
Field Director of Huye District, Rwanda
Esperance joined One Acre Fund in November 2008 as a field officer. She performed well with farmers trainings and repayment collection. One year later, Esperance was promoted to field manager. In 2010, Esperance was promoted to assistant field director where she had to assume the responsibilities of the field director, who was on maternity leave at the time. In 2012, she was then promoted to be field director of Nyamagabe District because of her strong performance. There she was able to train future leaders, who would also become field directors, and now she has moved to serving the district of Huye as a field director.
Field Director, Rutsiro District, Rwanda
Jonas joined One Acre Fund in 2009, and since then he has worked in the monitoring and evaluation department, the seed department, and in the field as a field officer and field manager. He helped launch Karongi District in early 2010, and in 2011, he moved to Burundi to help start One Acre Fund's operation there. In 2012, Jonas moved back to Rwanda to be the field director of Rutsiro District.
Regional Field Director, Rwanda
Gaudence joined One Acre Fund in 2007 and was promoted the next season to field manager. She quickly earned the respect and trust of the field staff in Nyamasheke District, who looked to her for advice and mentorship. In early 2010, she was promoted to assistant field director, and in August 2010 she became the field director of Nyamasheke District. In 2011, Guadence became a senior field director, responsible for providing mentorship to field directors and strategic leadership. In 2012, she was promoted to Regional Field Director at One Acre Fund headquarters in Rwanda.
Field Director of Nyanza District, Rwanda
Agnes joined One Acre Fund in November 2008 as a field officer of Kagatamu cell. Within six months, so she was promoted to field manager. In 2010, Agnes was promoted to assistant field director of Rusizi district and continued as a committed and motivated leader, which led her to field director position in 2013.
Field Director of Nyaruguru District, Rwanda
Monique joined One Acre Fund in 2010 as a field officer in the Rusizi district. Six months later, farmers from Monique’s location harvested very well, and she was promoted to field manager. In 2012, Monique joined TUBURA University, an internal training and skill development program, to develop her leadership skills. The next year, she became the field director of Nyaruguru, a new One Acre Fund district, where she is now helping the program to serve more than 3,000 smallholder farmers.
Senior Partner/ Rwanda Country Director/ Co-Founder
Eric Pohlman joined One Acre Fund in 2007. He studied at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and the University of Cheik Anti Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Eric began his work in development in Mbale, Uganda, where he redesigned household biogas digesters for a Ugandan NGO. From 2004-2006, Eric served the Carameroonian village of Tourou as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he and his counterpart started a local NGO that continues work today in well-construction and water sanitation. Eric founded the One Acre Fund program in Rwanda.
Marie Therese Uwingabiye
Senior Field Director of the Southwest Region, Rwanda
Marie Therese Uwingabiye was a primary school teacher for several years before joining One Acre Fund as a field officer in Gako District in 2008. After one year, she was promoted to field manager. In 2011, she assumed the field director role in Nyamasheke District, the largest One Acre Fund district in Rwanda.
Marie Goretti Uwizeyimana
Field Director of Gisagara District, Rwanda
Marie Goretti started as a field officer in Susa, and then later moved to lead Kibogora cell in 2008. In 2010, she was promoted to field manager and then to assistant field director. Marie Goretti assumed her responsibilities very well and mentored a strong group of field officers. She then was promoted to be the field director of a new One Acre Fund district, Gisagara, when we expanded there in 2010.
Rwanda Deputy Country Director and General Partner
Isabel joined One Acre Fund in 2011. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Isabel re-launched the American accessory brand Echo Design in Europe in 2007, where she doubled the business over the next 2 years. In 2010, Isabel went to Tanzania to coordinate the Access to Finance component of the International Labour Organization’s youth entrepreneurship project across Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in History.
Tanzania Country Director
David grew up in Eastern and Southern Africa for 17 years. After high school, David returned to America and attended Columbia University where he graduated as the Valedictorian of his class with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. He then worked with Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta, teaching 2nd grade. David returned to his childhood home of Kenya when he joined One Acre Fund in 2011. He then moved to Tanzania in 2012 to launch our program there.
Field Director, Rutegama District, Burundi
Georges Niragire joined One Ace Fund in 2011 as a field officer. He was later promoted to the position of field manager. In recognition of his hard work in founding the Burundi field team, Georges was promoted to field director of Rutegama.
Field Director, Muramvya District, Burundi
Desire Niyongabo began working with One Acre Fund in 2011 as a field officer. In 2011, he was promoted to field manager, and then in 2013, he became the field director of Muramvya, where our Burundi operations are based.
Field Director, Mbuye District, Burundi
Fides Nizigama began working with One Acre Fund in 2011 as a field officer. In 2011, she was promoted to field manager. She climbed quickly up the ranks, becoming an assistant field director in 2012 and then a field director in July of 2013.
General Partner/ Director of Impact
Margaret Vernon graduated cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she was a managing editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and setter for the women's volleyball team. She served in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps from 2005 to 2007, working in public health, water and sanitation, and microfinance. Margaret joined One Acre Fund in 2008, and founded our program in Burundi.
Field Director, Bugendana District, Burundi
Eric Yamuemye is the field director of Bugendana in Burundi. He joined in 2011 as a field officer. In July 2012, Eric moved to the position of field manager, and then in July 2013, he was promoted to assistant field director. Since October 2013, Eric is now serving as the field director of Bugendana.
General Partner/Director of New Country Expansion
Michael joined One Acre Fund in 2010. He graduated from Colby College with a degree in Anthropology. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Michael worked for a research center in Vietnam, where he led an impact assessment on rural microfinance programs in the region.
Matt joined One Acre Fund in 2009. Before joining One Acre Fund, Matt worked as a project coordinator for rebuilding and relief programs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Matt graduated from Colby College magna cum laude and received a MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics.
General Partner/East Africa Regional Logistics Director
Sarah graduated magna cum laude with a degree in International Relations and Economics from Salem College in North Carolina, where she served as President of the Student Government Association. She then received her MA from Columbia University. Prior to One Acre Fund, Sarah worked as the Executive Director for the Sunflower County Freedom Project, a college-prep program based in the context of the Freedom Schools of the 1960s. Sarah has worked with One Acre Fund since 2011 and now serves as the East Africa Regional Logistics Director.
CEO, Champions Oncology
Joel Ackerman joined the board of One Acre Fund in 2008, and became Board Chairman in 2009. Before becoming the CEO of Champions Oncology, Ackerman was a partner at Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. Joel spent more than 15 years at Warburg Pincus, most recently as the head of the healthcare services group and a member of the executive management committee. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Joel spent three years working at Mercer Management Consulting. He currently sits on the board of directors of Coventry Health Care Inc. and Kindred Healthcare Inc., both publicly traded healthcare service companies. He graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Columbia University with a BA in physics. He also received an MA in physics from Harvard University.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Managing Director, One Acre Fund USA
On the board since the organization's founding in 2006, Matt Forti was One Acre Fund's first Board Chairman. Matt has served on several nonprofit boards and prior to joining One Acre Fund's staff in 2013, was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan group. Matt received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa from Northwestern University with a BA in economics and sociology.
President & CEO, Population Services International
Joining One Acre Fund's board in 2012, Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a non-profit that promotes products, services and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives. Based in Washington DC, PSI operates in more than 60 countries and is the world's largest social marketing firm. Prior to joining PSI, Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years. He served as US ambassador to the Republic of Togo, executive secretary of the Department of State, and deputy chief of mission (senior career diplomat) at the American Embassy in Paris. Hofmann is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National Defense University. He is a director of the US Global Leadership Coalition, a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a member of the External Board of Advisors of Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Executive Director, The Dalberg Group
James Mwangi joined the One Acre Fund board in 2015. James is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world, and a partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. James founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and served as Global Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014. As a consultant, his clients have ranged from heads of state to senior leaders of multilateral organizations and foundations. He has also advised chief executives and investors on the intersection of commercially attractive and socially impactful business in frontier markets, particularly in Africa. Prior to Dalberg, James worked at McKinsey and Company. He is a 2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow of the African Leadership Institute and serves on the Institute’s board. He is also a 2013 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the Program Advisory Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative. He holds a BA in economics from Harvard University.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Managing Partner, East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd
Fred Ogana is a Managing Partner at East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd and former country director of TechnoServe Kenya. At TechnoServe, Fred's responsibilities included overall strategic management of programs, and executive-level oversight for finance, marketing, operations and human resources development. Prior to joining TechnoServe in 1998, Fred was the founder and director of an international import and exports firm. During his tenure, the company merged with a group of Eastern European investors to set up a joint venture enterprise based in Prague, Czech Republic, with an office in Nairobi. The company was involved in the export of flowers from Kenya and importation of medical supplies. He holds an honorary Bachelor of Commerce degree in business management from University of South Africa, Pretoria, a BA in business studies and sociology from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and is pursuing a Master of Commerce in business management from the University of South Africa. Fred also serves on Berkeley's Global Social Venture Competition judging committee.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Co-founder and CEO, Health Leads
Rebecca Onie is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Health Leads, a national non-profit organization that connects low-income patients with the basic resources they need to be healthy through a large network of participating clinics and college volunteers. Rebecca co-founded Health Leads while still a sophomore at Harvard College. She left the organization to attend law school and work at a law firm representing civil rights plaintiffs, health centers, affordable housing developers, and nonprofits, before returning to Health Leads in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer. Rebecca is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a U.S. Ashoka Fellow, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, a TED speaker, among numerous other accolades and awards. Rebecca attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
*Independent voting member of the board.
Senior Partner/ Executive Director/ Co-founder
Andrew Youn, senior partner and executive director, started One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya, and lives in Western Kenya.
The Bridgespan Group
Chris Addy joined the fundraising board of One Acre Fund in 2008 after being one of the initial members of One Acre Fund’s Investment Council. Professionally, Chris has been with The Bridgespan Group since 2010, where he has advised social sector leaders in the community revitalization, youth development, environment, and public health fields. The bulk of his work has been through the lens of philanthropy, working with both individual donors and established foundations. Prior to that, he was at Bain & Company for three years. With Bain, he worked in the agriculture, retail, and consumer goods industries. Early in his career, Chris spent some time in international development with Counterpart International and several years in education as a middle school science teacher and outdoor adventure guide. Chris received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was awarded an Austin Scholarship and the Dean's Distinguished Service Award. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in biology.
Chris works in market development at Enernoc, a clean-technology company focused on demand response and energy efficiency solutions for the electric utility industry. Prior to joining Enernoc, Chris worked at The Wilderness Society, a conservation organization based in Washington, DC; Chestnut Partners, a boutique investment bank in Boston; and Autocell Laboratories, a wireless technology startup also in Boston. Chris graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in international politics and economics and received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Bill's passion for One Acre Fund and opera led him to develop a unique concert series (see YouTube clip) to help spread the word. After earning a degree in systems engineering with high distinction from the University of Virginia, Bill received a Masters in music from DePaul University. While performing as a professional singer (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony), he founded Velvet Singer, LLC, a technology startup offering a customized CMS for singers. He recently became the director of strategic growth at Soliant Consulting, a mid-sized technology-consulting firm. Bill also serves on the board for Chicago Chorale and as a Deacon at Chicago's historic Moody Church.
Susan Diamond is a leader in the small-business community. She is the founder of Prayables, a boutique publishing firm with clients in the inspirational and faith-based industries. Her current position marks a return to the public sector after spending five years with two Washington D.C. based non-profit organizations. Susan led the Midwest constituents of Bread for the World to greater support by addressing the issues of hunger and extreme poverty for the grass-roots advocacy group and policy think-tank. Prior to her work at Bread, she served as associate director for AIPAC, a top political lobby whose mission is to strengthen the US-Israel relationship.
Taira Hall joined the board of One Acre Fund in 2006, while completing her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a vice president of strategy for the International Consumer Cards Group at Citigroup, based in New York City. Prior to her MBA, Taira was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. She received her BA in economics with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.
Dev is currently with McKinsey and Co. He serves as an engagement manager focusing on the Tech, Media and Telco sector, where he advises clients on strategic, operational and organizational topics. Prior to McKinsey, Dev was at Motorola as a director of product management and business development within their Mobile/Network business. Dev graduated from the Kellogg School of Management in 2008 and has been involved with One Acre Fund since 2010. Dev spent much of his childhood in Africa, including Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
FSG - Social Impact Advisors
Jennifer is a senior consultant with FSG - Social Impact Advisors. Jennifer's work at FSG focuses on issues of strategy and evaluation, particularly in the fields of education, healthcare, and the environment. Prior to joining FSG, Jennifer worked as a healthcare consultant with Triage Consulting Group and interned in the strategic projects group of the Oakland Unified School District. Jennifer has been an advocate for One Acre Fund since visiting the organization in 2007, when she was inspired by her conversations with One Acre Fund's Kenyan farmers. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in human biology from Stanford University.
Dave Tomback joined One Acre Fund's New York fundraising chapter in 2010. Dave is a co-founder of neigh*borrow, an internet company that helps people avoid purchasing durable goods used only on occasion through local sharing networks. Prior to founding neigh*borrow, Dave was a senior associate at the management consultancy firm Booz & Company, a program coordinator for the Pediatric Emergency Department at NYU Medical Center, and an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Dave received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated from Tufts University with a BA in economics.
Elizabeth is proud to be a recent addition to One Acre Fund's fundraising board. For the past seven years, Elizabeth has worked for @properties as a real estate consultant, specializing in residential sales. She received her BFA from The Ohio University in theatre performance and has been in several productions throughout Chicago. She continues to perform as a voice-over artist. She also is an active volunteer at St. Thomas of Canterbury's food pantry in Chicago.
Jamie joined the One Acre Fund fundraising board in 2007, after returning from working with an NGO for several months in Kenya. Currently, Jamie is an investment consultant with Marquette Associates in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management.
Paul is a general partner at Hadley Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Previously, he was a Principal at Advent International, a global private equity firm, and worked at A.G. Edwards Capital, the private equity subsidiary of A.G. Edwards & Sons. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to his role on the One Acre Fund fundraising board, Paul is the Chairman of the auxiliary board of the Chicago chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Paul and his family reside in Chicago, IL.
J. Brian Atwood
Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Prior to becoming dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in October 2002, J. Brian Atwood served for six years as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Clinton Administration. Previously, he was dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute and the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Atwood also served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. He writes and speaks frequently on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, the role of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in international affairs, and the United States' role in the world order.
Chairman of the Board, CARE
Bowman Cutter is currently the Chairman of the Board of the global development organization CARE. He is also a founder and current chairman of MicroVest, a leading global microfinance fund with assets under management now in excess of $100 million, and a member of the governing council of the IFMR Trust, an organization focused on market-based solutions to severe poverty in India. Bowman Cutter has been a managing director of Warburg Pincus, a major global private equity firm headquartered in New York City, since 1996, and has held several senior economic policy roles including director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration. Cutter holds degrees from Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Oxford University.
Co-founder, KickStart International
Martin Fisher co-founded KickStart International after working in Kenya for 6 years, including 5 years with ActionAid. KickStart designs affordable moneymaking tools and mass-markets them to poor entrepreneurs and farmers, who buy the equipment and use it to establish highly profitable family businesses. Fisher has won numerous awards and recognition for his inventions and work as a social entrepreneur, including the IDEA Design Gold Medal, TIME Magazine's 2003 European Hero award, 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Schwab Foundation's "2003 Social Entrepreneur of the Year" award. In 2008 he was named Engineer of the Year by Design News magazine and received the prestigious $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Fisher earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, followed by an MS and PhD in mechanical design and theoretical and applied mechanics from Stanford University.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Nicole Gardner is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. Nicole began her career at Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. While there, she spearheaded Oliver Wyman’s diversity and inclusion efforts, establishing and leading its Diversity & Inclusion function.
Nicole holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council and the Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to her service on One Acre Fund’s advisory board, she serves on the board of directors of Boston Cares.
President & CEO, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Bruce McNamer is the president and CEO of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. He was previously the CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Bruce served for nine years as the CEO of TechnoServe, a non-profit that provides thousands of entrepreneurs in over 30 developing countries with business advice and access to capital and markets. Prior to TechnoServe, Bruce McNamer's career spanned the public and private sectors, including senior executive and founder positions in several start-ups, investment banking, and management consulting at McKinsey & Company.
Director, Best Buy, Inc
Matthew Paull has been a director of Best Buy, Inc. since September 2003. Paull is the former corporate senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for McDonald's Corporation. He also serves on the advisory board of Pershing Square Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund. Paull contributes expansive professional experience, financial acumen, knowledge of hedge funds and investments, broad experience in global operations and extensive experience in tax matters to our board.
Founder, International Development Enterprises (IDE)
Paul Polak is the founder of International Development Enterprises (IDE), which is dedicated to developing practical solutions that harness the power of markets and attack poverty at its roots. IDE operates in 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, benefitting over 3.8 million farm families since 1982. Paul’s newest projects include D-Rev and Windhorse International. D-Rev is a non-profit that seeks "to create a design revolution by enlisting the best designers in the world to develop products and ideas that will benefit the 90% of the people on earth who are poor, in order to help them earn their way out of poverty." D-Rev seeks to do this by inspiring, educating, and connecting all of the people who are involved in the design process, from the inception to the purchase and use of products. Windhorse International’s mission is to create a revolution in big business by demonstrating that a private company can earn attractive profits by serving at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day. Polak is also the author of Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail.