About Us / Our Founders

Thomas Coleman,   Co-Founder,   President & CEO







Thomas Coleman is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Bottom Billion Fund. He worked as an economist at the Chicago Board of Trade for sixteen years, during which time he was the youngest economist to be named Vice President of Research and Development. Under his lead, the CBOT sustained a record-breaking number of successful new product launches, including the first options contracts in the industry for both financial and agricultural products, as well as the first risk management systems for options. He went on to consult to the microfinance industry, providing financial and strategic expertise to world leading microfinance organizations. For over fifteen years, Thomas has worked with microfinance organizations including Finca International, Shorebank Corporation, Opportunity International, Grameen Foundation, and the Microfinance Information Exchange (the MIX). His consultancy work has led him to meet with microfinance professionals from all over the world and engage firsthand with issues concerning microfinance operations in the field. He is a regular lecturer at microfinance conferences and on university campuses. Thomas received his MBA with a specialization in Economics and Finance from the University of Chicago, where he also completed Ph.D. coursework in Economics.

Bottom Billion Fund’s Founding Team

Thomas C. Coleman
Financial Economist and Microfinance Consultant
Co-Founder, President & CEO

Craig A. Chapello, J.D.
Attorney at Chapello & Chapello
Co-Founder & Board Member

Rev. Dr. Michael Bradburn
Counselor at Samaritan Interfaith
Co-Founder & Board Member

The Rev. Craig S. Felde, LEPC
Commodities Trader and Ordained Pastor
Co-Founder & Board Member

Special thanks to the following organizations and individuals who have helped contribute to the launch of Bottom Billion Fund:

Baker & McKenzie
Megan Hryndza of Inspirited Media (www.inspiritedmedia.com)
Matt Robinson of M.M.Robinson
Laurence Berleman of Zoom
Nazmul Ahmed of Ennovision for web design (www.ennovision.com)
Krista Bradburn for logo design
Nisha Sutaria
Joshua Zieve
Steve Hiller of Hesperus Films for donated videographry work (www.hesperusfilms.com)
Michael Key of William Fillmore for donated music (www.williamfillmore.com)

Our thanks for donated photography to:
Jonathan Kalan of (BoP) Project  (http://thebopproject.net)
Terry Sebastian (http://terrysebastian.com/)
Syed Yasir Kazmi (www.flickr.com/photos/kazmisahib/)
Microlending Film Project  (www.microlendingfilm.com)