Melissa (@melissaricher) is the Founder and Executive Director of Ayllu. She previously worked for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and as a consultant for social enterprises. She has worked on international development projects in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America that include education, maternity care, conflict resolution, immigration, and minority rights. Melissa graduated magna cum laude from Duke University.
Nate grew up in Washington DC and has consulted with a variety of social enterprises around the world, including VisionSpring and Pratham Books in India, Conversion Sound in Nigeria, and Somos Más in Colombia. Nate believes that the spread of social enterprise solutions is essential to making international development efforts more sustainable and demand driven, and that improved information sharing is key to helping these solutions spread throughout the world. Previous to entering the field of social enterprise, Nate spent over 6 years working in other areas of international development, primarily in West Africa, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and the US Peace Corps. Nate holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a BA in Philosophy from Connecticut College.