Our mission is to support rural communities in under-served regions to achieve self-sufficiency and have opportunities to thrive.
Laura joined the Foundation in 2012 as the second paid staff and has been in her role as Executive Director since 2017. Laura has over 15 years of experience in international and community development. Laura started her career in Guatemala where she spent four years working with a local women’s organization focused on empowerment and livelihood projects. After returning to the U.S., she held senior management roles at several local nonprofits providing programs to support low-income communities in Portland. Laura graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish and has a Master’s in Public Health from Portland State University. Laura is passionate about supporting local organizations, building authentic relationships, and right sizing M&E for small organizations. In her free time she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Osman joined the Foundation in 2018 as the Country Director in Ghana. In 2020 his role expanded to include leading the Foundation’s grantmaking in Anglophone West Africa. Osman has over 15 years experience working with international non-profit organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. He specializes in designing and managing emergency and development programs on Gender and Child Protection, WASH, Agriculture, Livelihood and Governance. Prior to joining the Foundation, he managed a large development program in Sierra Leone with GOAL – Ireland. Osman also has considerable experience in grantmaking, fundraising and setting up & managing NGOs. Osman holds a B.A in Social Work with Sociology from the University of Ghana-Legon, a Masters in Science in Development Planning and Management from the Irish University Business School, and an M.A in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. In his free time he enjoys visiting orphanages and aged members of his family and neighborhood.
Xavier joined the Foundation early 2019 in the new role of Director of Operations. Xavier has worked more than 15 years with major non-profit organizations around the world, mainly in the Middle East and in Africa, managing innovative programs, setting up reliable operations and finances, and leading large diverse teams. He’s held roles as finance/admin director, capacity building manager, operations advisor, and country director. Xavier holds a Master’s of Science in Business Management and a Master’s of Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management. He is also certified in project management in development settings. Xavier recognizes the impact of wealth inequality and social injustice as a barrier to overcome poverty, and he believes that local organizations who represent their community are best equipped to identify solutions for more sustainable and equitable communities. Outside of work, Xavier is engaged in supporting refugees in Portland.
Geoffrey Nyambane joined Vibrant Village Foundation as Country Director for VVF Kenya in November 2019. Prior to that, he was working with Georgetown University as the Director of the East African Office where he was in charge of providing administrative and implementation leadership to multi-disciplinary program and office-based teams. Geoffrey has over 16 years’ experience in offering strategic leadership to community development programs in Kenya and across the East African region. He is experienced in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community-based development initiatives, institutional setups and cross partnership projects. Geoffrey has worked with various international development organizations and has knowledge and expertise in the implementation of programs in public health, education, financial inclusion and rural agriculture. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Master’s degree in research and demography from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Geoffrey is of a strong opinion that communities understand their own development challenges and that with the appropriate support, they are capable of generating their own long-term solutions. In his free time, Geoffrey likes to be involved in environmental conservation activities such as tree planting.