Chad Jordan, Founder & Chief Consultant
Chad Jordan is the author of Shut Up & Give? and is a recognized speaker on such topics as financial inclusion, foreign aid, social entrepreneurship, fundraising strategy for nonprofits, business development, making the most out of church missions, and so on.
Having seen firsthand the failure of traditional, cyclical approaches to international development & economic innovation in nations like Haiti, Chad is committed to developing approaches that look into the future and concentrate on long-term, sustainable solutions. By enabling men and women to lift themselves out of poverty one day at a time through the free flow of knowledge and capital, the Cornerstone team believes lasting changes will finally be achieved.
With extensive field research and consulting experience in the regions of East, South & West Africa, South Asia, Central America, and Europe, Chad has established himself as a leader in the movement to find sustainable global answers to some of the largest issues facing our time; he has also comprised a vast network of international development contacts.
Chad Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in international policy and a master’s degree in international development from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the board of directors for the Sierra Leone Diaspora Organization (SLDO), training4changeS, and the Tanz East Africa Foundation.
In his down time, Chad is an adventure junkie – from rafting the Nile to skiing the Alps, from running marathons to creating memories with family.
One of Chad’s favorite quotes: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming…Wow, what a ride!”
Tara Jordan, Managing Director
With a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma, Tara Jordan specializes in various aspects of international law, global communication, and sociocultural development in the context of state policy. Tara is also fluent in Spanish and has worked as a consultant and interpreter on several development-related projects in Central and South America; her vast network of contacts within Latin America is yet another asset at Cornerstone’s disposal. While stateside, Tara lends her language skills and extensive knowledge of human rights law to various organizations working to combat Human Trafficking domestically and abroad. She handles all internal systems for Cornerstone, including budget, communications, travel planning, project support, and is our intern coordinator. When she’s not working, you can find Tara chasing the sunset, gardening with her mom, or catching a local concert with friends.
Molly Bruns Jordan, Business Consultant
Molly Bruns brings a business perspective to Cornerstone International, LLC, with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) specializing in finance, as well as an undergraduate marketing degree. Molly drafts business proposals and works with our clients to develop new social businesses and social enterprises in conjunction with our partners in the field. Molly’s global perspective – gained through extensive travel around the world – and her various entrepreneurial pursuits bring a creative edge to Cornerstone that allows us to move into uncharted territory.
Emily Engel, Intern
Fascinated with international development, Emily Engel is the newest addition to the Cornerstone team as our strategic marketing intern. Emily has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, specializing in African Studies. Emily brings light to our project by reaching out to other global development entities and promoting our company’s goals and ideals via creative marketing campaigns and social media. When she’s not busy working on a project for us, Emily spends her free time playing with her dog and traveling the world.
Cornerstone International is thrilled to partner with the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) and participate in its prestigious professional internship program. We’re fortunate enough to have a standout team of five undergraduate students working on a financial access model with us for the fall 2013 semester. Our fellows include:
Anoop Bal is a senior Economics major who will serve as the Team Lead on this project. He has experience with social enterprises based in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Costa Rica. After graduation, Anoop hopes to work in the international development field as a consultant, investor, or entrepreneur.
Daniel Meschter is a junior majoring in Arabic and Economics. In addition to Arabic localization work done for the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, he was awarded a grant to study Middle Eastern media, language, and culture in Oman. Upon graduation, he hopes to study a year and a half in Egypt prior to pursuing a career as a policy institute fellow.
Alexandra Eggleston is a senior Religious Studies and English: Literature and Cultural Studies major. She has worked for the University of Oklahoma’s English Assessment Program and spent time studying abroad in France. She is currently an intern with the University of Oklahoma’s magazine of international literature and culture, World Literature Today.
Nick Aguilera is a senior at the University of Oklahoma enrolled in the College of International Studies’ Bachelors/Masters Degree program in International Economics and Development. He has spent time abroad studying Latin American politics, history, language, culture, and literature in Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru.
Sam Stringer is a senior studying Finance and Entrepreneurship. Sam has held internships with i2E, Inc. in Oklahoma City, as well as the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Technology Development and Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank.