Leadership

Jim Chu | Founder & Chairman of the Board

Jim Chu is the Founder and is now an Executive Board Member for Watering Minds. He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  After obtaining his B.A. and MA from Stanford University in 1997, Jim worked for Cisco Systems, where he ran marketing and business development in Latin America and Canada, growing annual revenues for services from $90M to $140M within 2 years.  Jim left Cisco to join Medécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), where he headed administrative and financial operations for their mission in Nigeria.  He returned to the US in 2004 and has been investing in and operating numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley, both bootstrapped and venture-backed.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the earthquake.

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Jeri Stein | Executive Director

Jeri Stein joined Watering Minds in 2016.  Prior to her involvement with Watering Minds, Jeri led various non-profit initiatives over the past decade including involvement with a project with Off the Mat Into the World, to aid in the rebuilding of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. It was during this time that Jeri learned about the water crisis not only plaguing Haiti but many other countries throughout the world. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Business in Marketing degree from the University of Houston, Jeri went on to pursue a career in design where she gained experience with commercial water filtration systems. Jeri has used her experience with filtration and her knowledge of the water challenges around the world to co-create the unique model of Watering Minds.

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Corinne Bazina | Strategic Adviser - Danone Communities

Corinne began her career as a junior member of the marketing team of Danone in 1995. Her work with Danone has taken her to positions in France, Greece, and Bangladesh. For the past 5 years, Corinne has led Danone Communities - a social impact fund targetting social businesses dedicated to providing access to safe drinking water to low income populations. Danone Communities has expertise in decentralized water supply and treatment models and has committed to help Watering Minds scale up by providing technical and managerial expertise as well as network expansion.

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