Founders and Staff


John is co-founder of Eliminate Poverty NOW and has focused his "second career" on creating economic opportunity in the developing world. Prior to EPN, John spent 26 years in business, including 16 years as president of divisions of Kraft Foods and Warner-Lambert.  John has a BA and MBA from Harvard University.

When he is not devoting time to EPN, John enjoys hiking in the Colorado mountains, traveling, and watching UConn Women’s basketball. He also enjoys photography, good food (especially dessert), flowers, and dogs.



Judy is a co-founder of Eliminate Poverty NOW. Along with her husband, John, EPN has allowed her to live out her passion for helping poor women achieve greater earnings potential. When Judy is not working with EPN, she enjoys spending time with her family, contributing to and volunteering in the Jewish community, spinning, weaving, knitting, vegetable gardening and cooking, and word games and puzzles.


Helen is the Director of Operations at Eliminate Poverty NOW, with responsibility for overseeing the internal workings of the organization. Working for EPN has offered her the extraordinary opportunity to visit Africa, meet amazing people, and help end extreme poverty in Africa. When Helen is not working with EPN, she most enjoys quality time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, knitting and cooking.

Advisory Board



Professor Pasternak is a world renowned agricultural scientist. He has devoted his life to growing crops in impossibly dry places. Dov lived in Niger for a decade, working with thousands of rural farmers to use agriculture as the path out of extreme poverty. Farmers of the Future is the culmination of his 45+ years of experience. Farmers                                                   learn to approach farming as a business and women                                                 and children become the agents of  economic                                                           transformation in rural Africa.


Pete is our oldest professional relationship in Africa and remains one of our most valued. Pete is multi-talented: an author, television personality, leadership coach and thought leader on sustainable economic development.  In addition to his 30 years of experience with a wide range of public and private organizations, Pete is the Founder and Director of the Nairobi-based Centre for Leadership Development.


We have known Rustom for many years and worked closely with him in his role as Director of Business Development for the Millennium Villages Project. Rustom combines a technical background in computer science with 30 years of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations. His work with developing economies spans Africa and South Asia. 


Yitzchak is one of the giants in agricultural development. He founded CINADCO (Israel's Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation) and served as its director for 30 years.  Over his remarkable career Yitzchak has overseen the implementation of hundreds of projects and training for tens of thousands of people from Africa, Latin America, and Asia.