Emeka Ajoku is Senior Director of Product Management at BrightEdge. Previously he worked in Product and Solution Management for Business Analytics software at SAP in Palo Alto as well as with Bain & Company driving strategy consulting engagements with technology companies and private equity funds in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also spent several years in the energy industry working with Schlumberger Limited in the United Kingdom and West Africa. Emeka holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Nigeria and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
“The primary reason I am on the board is my desire to help break the cycle of extreme poverty at scale. The Village Enterprise model works and most importantly is scalable. Helping the organization scale out this model to reach a much larger population is a very rewarding experience.
I grew up in West Africa and have seen first hand the consequences of extreme poverty and the results of various approaches used to tackle the issue. My hope is to tap from this experience and help the organization make the right decisions about operations on the ground.”
Pat Brown served, until July 2012, as Chief Operating Officer of Village Enterprise. Prior to this, Pat worked for twenty years in the computer software industry. In his last position, he was the Senior Director of Technical Publications for Siebel System. Pat has a BA from UC Santa Barbara and a MA from California State University, Fresno, and completed doctoral work at UC Berkeley.Pat Brown
Dianne Calvi is Village Enterprise’s Chief Executive Officer, and has over twenty years of international management experience. Prior to joining Village Enterprise, Dianne served as the President of Bring Me A Book Foundation, a literacy nonprofit with international partnerships in Hong Kong, Malawi, Mexico, and Guatemala. Previously, she worked in sales and marketing for Microsoft, Xerox, and Montedison in Milan, Italy. She has also served on several nonprofit boards. Dianne received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Bocconi University (Milan, IT) on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.Dianne Calvi - Board Member
Jay Friedrichs is a General Partner of Cypress Growth Fund in Menlo Park. He has been involved in financing and building small enterprises for more than thirty years. Village Enterprise provided Jay with an opportunity to rekindle his international interests and apply his financial experience to encourage entrepreneurship globally. Jay received his undergraduate degree as well as his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.Jay Friedrichs - Board Member
Tim Geisse is managing trustee of The John F. and Mary A. Geisse Foundation, which focuses on economic development in developing countries He has served on the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, the president’s council of ACCION International, the board of The Rainbow Network, and the board of the Deutsche Bank Global Consortium, a microfinance fund, and is currently a member of the board of Lifewater International, providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in developing countries. Tim and his wife Jane live in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is an attorney in private practice. Tim holds an A.B. from Dartmouth, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary.Tim Geisse - Board Member
Debbie A. Hall brings considerable marketing expertise from managing her own consulting practice and through her prior work with Metaphor Computer Systems, Banner Blue Software, and the Boston Consulting Group. She has leadership roles with Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and the Girl Scouts of Northern California, and served as Village Enterprise Board Chair for nearly 10 years. Debbie received an undergraduate degree from Duke and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of BusinessDebbie A. Hall - Board Chair & Chair of the Development Committee
Larry Langdon previously served as the Board Vice Chair of Village Enterprise and is a Partner and Director of Global Tax Services for Mayer Brown, LLP in Palo Alto. Larry is the former Commissioner of Large and Mid-sized Businesses for the IRS and a former Vice President of the Hewlett-Packard Company. He currently serves on eight nonprofit boards. Larry has law degrees from Ohio State and New York University.Larry Langdon - Emeritus Board Member
Tim Tight is Vice President of Business Development for Trina Health, a company whose therapy stops the complications of diabetes. Prior to that Tim was Vice President of Business Development for M Squared Consulting and before that was the West Coast Partner of SCIUS Capital Group, an investment bank focused on early stage companies. Tim was Co-founder and CEO of Edge Capital Access, and held executive positions at Immersion Corporation, Diablo Research, Whisper Communications, Raychem, and Metcal. He has an MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Physics from Denison University.Tim Tight - Secretary of the Board
Chris Wuthmann is Associate Director, Project Design and Construction, Stanford Real Estate, Stanford University. Chris is active in Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos. He has a BA from Williams College, an MAR from Yale Divinity School, and an MBA from Wharton.Chris Wuthmann - Chair of the Operations Committee
Larry Wu is a Technical Program Manager at Google in Mountain View. He is an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and currently serves as a deacon. He is also currently serving on the board of Bayshore Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization in East Palo Alto. Larry received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Whitman College.
“I had been interested in issues of extreme poverty for some time now and I was familiar with the great work that Village Enterprise was doing so joining the board seemed like a logical decision. Seeing the work in the field, meeting the local staff and hearing encouraging stories from the program’s recipients solidified the fact that Village Enterprise’s programs are transforming lives.”
“The primary reason I am on the board is my desire to help break the cycle of extreme poverty at scale. The Village Enterprise model works and most importantly is scalable. Helping the organization scale out this model to reach a much larger population is a very rewarding experience.”
-Emeka Ajoku, Board Member
“Seeing the work in the field, meeting the local staff and hearing encouraging stories from the program’s recipients solidified the fact that Village Enterprise’s programs are transforming lives.”
-Larry Wu, Board Member