Leadership

Jim Chu | Founder

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 as Executive Director in November 2017 after working part time for a year with the organization.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Business in Marketing degree from the University of Houston. Jeri has led various fundraising projects and non profit initiatives throughout the past decade including a fundraising project to raise money for the rebuilding of Haiti in 2011.  Jeri’s love of philanthropy and more specifically helping vulnerable populations in the developing world has led her to work with Watering Minds.

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