Charlene loves being an “extrapreneur” connecting, mentoring, advising, and investing in entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, and social enterprises. She has nearly 20 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from tech startup/scaleups to international non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.
Charlene began her career as an IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting, but after earning an MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, spent 4 years working for non-profits who improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in East Africa. For 8 years, she served as the COO of socially impactful venture-capital backed businesses, first at AZA Finance, a pan-African FX/Treasury platform, followed by Lantum, a B2B SaaS healthtech company in the UK. In 2020, Charlene co-founded a global community of COOs and operations professionals called Operations Nation. In April, Charlene will become the Executive Director of Ezrah Charitable Trust, a private family foundation focused on income and job creation across sub-Saharan Africa.