A Global Community

Acumen’s dedicated team works across its five global offices in Accra, Karachi, Mumbai, Nairobi, and New York to support our work investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. Our entire global community — including our staff, board, and advisors — are integral to the success of our team.

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    Jo-Ann Tan

    Lead Architect, +Acumen, San Francisco, USA

    “It’s really inspiring and energizing to meet so many amazing individuals committed to creating a better world. Being able to learn and grow with them is true privilege.” [READ MORE]

    Jo-Ann is the lead architect of Acumen’s community.  She is working to create a step change in terms of awareness and engagement for Acumen through its online presence and +acumen volunteer chapters.

    Before Acumen, Jo-Ann built a marketing analytics team and developed and new marketing strategies for a $1 billion apparel distributor. Jo-Ann has also worked at strategy consulting firm Marakon Associates in New York and Singapore. She began her career at the Monetary Authority (Central Bank) of Singapore. Jo-Ann received a BA in Economics and an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.



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    Tomoko Matsukawa

    Innovation Manager, New York, USA

    “+Acumen Chapters & Courses provide means for leadership development and community engagement for everyone around the world. Seeing those people influencing the lives of others has been truly inspirational.” [READ MORE]

    Tomoko joined Acumen in 2014 as a member of the +Acumen team. Tomoko was formerly a leader of the Tokyo +Acumen chapter, and she is now developing and expanding +Acumen courses and strengthening the network of volunteer chapters around the world.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Tomoko worked on business development with Quipper, an education technology startup. Earlier in her career, Tomoko worked with GLOBIS, providing customized leadership development programs for Japanese corporations, and at Goldman Sachs Japan in equity research and institutional sales.

    Tomoko holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.


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    Marica Rizzo

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen has given me a new lens, built on moral imagination, through which to view the world and the community and tools to make a contribution. To change the way the world tackles poverty takes all of us.” [READ MORE]

    Marica’s journey with Acumen began in 2009 when she joined a group in Vancouver that launched the Vancouver+Acumen Chapter and set up Vancouver’s first social enterprise case competition for undergraduate and graduate business students. 

    Inspired by her work as a volunteer, Marica left her role as Operations Manager at skoah and joined start-up social enterprise, Wedu in Thailand to design and launch South East Asia’s first mentorship and leadership development program for young women. Connecting with her young mentor, and other inspiring individuals affirmed her commitment to working full-time in social change.

    Marica believes in the powerful blend of education and community to drive change. She joined Acumen in New York in 2015 where she is growing the +Acumen community through the online courses and global chapter networks.

    Marica holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.



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    Jessica Martin

    Innovation Manager, New York, USA

    “Acumen constantly challenges me to rethink my engagement with the world and how to shape solutions for a future worth fighting for.” [READ MORE]

    Jessica is an Innovation Manager at Acumen working to scale Acumen’s leadership curriculum through +acumen chapters and online channels. Prior to joining Acumen, Jessica was an iCats Fellow at Driptech, a for-profit social venture that makes affordable drip irrigation for smallholder farmers, where she worked on building out the company’s international business operations in California and Pune, India. Jessica’s jump into the world of social enterprise was heavily influenced by the people she met while serving on the leadership committee of the NY+acumen volunteer chapter. Previously, Jessica was a market strategy analyst at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York where she focused on in-depth macroeconomic and investment strategy research. Jessica holds a BA in International Studies and Economics from Fairfield University and spent a year in Beijing, China on a Fulbright Scholarship researching the development of China’s environmental NGOs.



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    Amy Ahearn

    Innovation Manager, San Francisco, USA

    “People are our central resource in the fight against poverty. Acumen envisions people as assets and complements their efforts with patient capital & creative energy.” [READ MORE]

    Amy is an Innovation Manager building online courses to educate social change leaders and inspire new approaches to tackling poverty.  She is passionate about using emerging technologies and design to help people all over the world learn in new ways.

    Most recently, Amy was an education technology project manager for an innovation lab at the Stanford School of Medicine where she built online courses.  She also spent four years managing international education programs funded by the US Department of State that trained teachers from over 50 developing countries. Amy completed a Fulbright grant in rural Malaysia and implemented a mobile health education program in rural Peru. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University and a BA in English from Bowdoin College.



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    Gail Batutis

    Innovation Associate, New York, USA

    “Acumen engages with systems change and never shies away from innovation. In tackling global poverty, there can be no other way.” [READ MORE]

    Gail joined +Acumen in 2016 as an Innovation Associate, and is helping to bring social enterprise education to people around the globe. She is passionate about the ripple effect of innovations in poverty alleviation.

    Gail has been a student of social enterprise for the past five years, graduating from the Social Enterprise Institute at Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business and concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Through her university’s cooperative education program, she worked as a Global Fellow for Aakar Innovations, a menstrual hygiene social enterprise in India, where she helped to develop operational processes and create an impact measurement model. She also worked as a Policy Assistant for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, working with some of the world’s best research in development economics.