Board of Directors



Chairman & Co-Founder

Chris Crane co-founded Edify in September 2009 to impart Christian character to children living in poverty in Africa and Latin America and make loans to expand the Christ-centered schools educating these children. Crane served from 2002-2009 as President & CEO of Opportunity International Inc., the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,600 direct and indirect staff operating […]

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Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

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Tiger Dawson is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Edify, after transitioning from President on October 1, 2017. Tiger served from 2005-2009 as the managing director of the Halftime Organization, which helps high capacity, marketplace leaders move from success to significance. Prior to his role at Halftime, Tiger served for 22 years with Young Life, a […]

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Director

Debbie Hall works to combine her business and non-profit background with her passions for building teams, giving ‘servant leadership’ to small groups and organizations, and working to address the problem of extreme poverty in the developing world. She has a strong consulting and marketing background having worked for The Boston Consulting Group, two technology start-ups, and her own […]

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Director

Marnie Nair has more than 25 years experience working with at-risk teens and their families.  She began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in inner-city middle and high schools in Oakland, New York City and Washington, D.C.  In 2009, Marnie moved to San Diego to found City Heights Prep Charter School, a […]

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Director

Kurt Knapton is an innovative business leader passionate about helping educate and encourage disadvantaged children to become future leaders who transform their communities. Kurt spent a decade as a management consultant working for Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture, specializing in business strategy and improvement for Fortune 500 clients. In 2000, he joined a start-up company where […]

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Director

Kwabena Darko is the founder of Darko Farms & Co. and director of the Bank of Ghana. Kwabena received a microfinance loan 45 years ago. Over time, he parlayed that loan into one of the most successful private enterprises in Ghana. Since 2001, he has served as a director of the Bank of Ghana, the nation’s central […]

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Director

David M. Slover serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at HighGround Advisors, an investment and trust services company serving the non-profit sector and charitably-minded families. David served as President of Buckner Foundation from 2005-2016. In his role there, he oversaw development, strategic planning, donor and ministry engagement including humanitarian aid and missions, […]

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Director

Paul is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Aetion, a leading health care technology company. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, strategy, and organizational development to solidify and amplify the long-term impact of growing, mission-driven enterprises in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. As the Executive Director of First Fruit, Inc., […]

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