About Us
 
Management Team
 
Jay Kimmelman, CEO & Founder
Jay Kimmelman is a successful entrepreneur and now a passionate advocate for issues related to global poverty.  Prior to founding NewGlobe, Mr. Kimmelman was founder and CEO of Edusoft, the leading educational software company providing assessment platforms to US public school districts.  Mr. Kimmelman led the company from inception in a San Francisco apartment to national success providing critical services to millions of students, forming ground-breaking partnerships, and establishing the company as the recognized leader in the market.
Kimmelman sold the 150-person, $20M revenue company to Boston-based publishing company Houghton Mifflin in late 2003.  
At that time, Edusoft was serving more than three million students in 400 school districts across the nation, including the second largest in the country (Los Angeles Unified).  Mr. Kimmelman stayed with Houghton Mifflin as President of the division through 2004 helping to establish Edusoft as a cornerstone of Houghton Mifflin’s K-12 assessment strategy.
After his departure from Houghton Mifflin, Mr. Kimmelman embarked on a multi-year endeavor to research the obstacles facing impoverished families as they struggle to increase their opportunities for better health and education.  After research in developing regions throughout India, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, Jay joined his partner, anthropologist Shannon May, as a resident of a 1400-person, rural farming village in Liaoning Province, China.  Living with families surviving on less than a dollar per person per day in the harsh climate of Northeastern China’s mountains enabled the team not only to perform a detailed analysis of the complex agricultural, entrepreneurial, financial and environmental conditions shaping villagers’ lives, but to experience many of these difficulties themselves during their 18 months of residence.
In addition to advising a transnational development agency, its corporate donors, and government officials during their tenure, Kimmelman and May’s personal connection to the families and children of the village led them to start a micro-lending practice to encourage entrepreneurship as well as a high school scholarship program.
Mr. Kimmelman received his B.A. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University.
 
Phil Frei, President, COO & Founder
Phil Frei is an entrepreneurial business leader with on-the-ground experience in applying new business approaches and technologies to existing practices in the developing world. Most recently, Mr. Frei was based in Lilongwe, Malawi and led an organization working with small holder farmers in the country to adopt a new technology for their barns that significantly reduced wood consumption for tobacco curing - Malawi's most important crop and the country's greatest cause of deforestation.
Under Frei’s leadership, 170 new curing barns were built in 2007, with a planned roll out of 1,500 in 2008, and eventual conversion of all 120,000 existing barns in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.  The average farmer using this new technology now saves 10 tons of wood each year, decreasing the growing trend of deforestation and increasing the profit for the farmer.  The initial phases of the project were funded by GTZ and Total Land Care.  Frei’s work also included devising a financing mechanism and establishing working relationships with UK-based financing firms to insure the long-term economic sustainability of the enterprise by securing funding today for carbon credits received in the future when the barns produce the wood and carbons savings.
Before relocating to Malawi, Mr. Frei was based in San Francisco, where he founded and ran a new business unit at IDEO, one of the most respected international design consultancies, to commercialize and broker new technologies.  Frei is also recognized for his development of an award-winning educational toy licensed to The LEGO Company.
Mr. Frei holds an MS and BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
Shannon May, President & Founder
Shannon May is a U.C. Berkeley trained anthropologist with substantial experience working with and researching the economic transformation of poor and rural communities in developing countries as well as uncovering the underlying drivers of success and failure of local and international community development initiatives.  Ms. May’s work combines a rigorous academic, human-centered field research approach with the organizational experience of advising, consulting with, and helping international NGOs, government poverty initiatives and corporations to approach development objectives with a more grounded understanding of local economics, population dynamics, and community goals and constraints.
Most recently, Ms. May conducted a two-year long field research study of a transnational sustainable development project located in a rural farming community in Liaoning, China.  Ms. May is no stranger to the challenges of poverty, having been a resident living for two-years in this mountain village, Huangbaiyu, where families survive on less than a dollar per person per day in the harsh winters of China’s Northeastern mountains. Her experience also extends to the classroom, having been a teacher at both a small rural primary school in Huangbaiyu and in the lecture halls of U.C. Berkeley, where she has received several teaching awards.  Ms. May serves as an advisor to multiple international organizations focused on development and sustainable cities around the world.  Her research, funded by the National Science Foundation, has been published in several international journals and is the subject of a book in progress.
Prior to her research in development, Ms. May worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley and previously led the creation of several new online media initiatives at media conglomerate Hachette Lagardere in New York.
Ms. May received her BA, Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and her MA in anthropology from UC Berkeley.