The Idea Village Team is a group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and professionals with diverse backgrounds, career paths, and levels of experience. We deliver award-winning programming by engaging a global network of mentors, investors, professionals, and corporate sponsors.
Tim Williamson: Co-founder & CEO, The Idea Village
Tim Williamson is the co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, a private, independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.
An entrepreneur by trade and by training, Mr. Williamson has successfully started and operated five...
Cameron Adams: Director of Marketing and Communications
Cameron, a native New Orleanian, returned to the city in May 2009 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts in Publication Management from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. With experience in event planning, marketing, and design she joined The Idea Village team to help complete...
Victoria Adams: Network Manager
Victoria Adams, a native of Miami, moved to New Orleans as a freshman at Loyola University. Settling into campus life only days before Hurricane Katrina would strike the city, she has experienced the rebirth of New Orleans firsthand, growing to love and appreciate the city that she now calls home. After graduating from Loyola with a...
Rhea Ghosh: Events and Marketing Coordinator
Rhea Ghosh is a proud alumna of Babson College from which she received her BS in Strategic Management, Global Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2011. Returning home to New Orleans, she rediscovered her love for the city’s emerging entrepreneurial community (and the food and music, of course!)
Since graduation, she has...
Megan Kepper: Development Coordinator
Megan graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in history in December 2009, and eagerly returned home to New Orleans to begin her next chapter. Megan joined The Idea Village team temporarily to lend support during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week ’10 and has since become a fulltime staff member coordinating The Idea...
Emily Madero: Managing Director
Emily moved to New Orleans as an undergraduate Tulane student prepared for an adventure. She graduated with a BA in Spanish and Psychology, MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and a love for New Orleans. After co-founding several start-up ventures, Emily returned to Tulane’s Freeman School of Business. Katrina reinforced...
Leslie Nelson-Abell: Network and Operations Director
Leslie Nelson-Abell, a recent New Orleans transplant, graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a BA in English. Most recently, Leslie lived in Washington, DC, working as a fundraiser & database strategist at a social justice non-profit. After 4 years in DC, she was drawn to the vibrant, growing New Orleans entrepreneur...
Alex Rawitz: Entrepreneur Services Fellow
Alex Rawitz is an alum of Cornell University with a degree in Modern History. At Cornell he worked for over half a dozen student-run businesses including managing a shipping and storage company and the prestigious Cornellian Yearbook. Through his experiences he has developed his skills in logistics, event planning and execution, and...
Sara Thomas: Director of Product Management
Sara first visited New Orleans as a Stanford MBA over her spring break during the first New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, eager to work on a consulting project with eco-friendly businesses through Idea Village’s IDEAcorps program. She helped Feelgoodz flip-flops plan a marketing tour to support their recent launch into Whole Foods...
Angelica Valenta: Product Coordinator
Angelica, a native of Santa Barbara County, landed in New Orleans in August 2012 with a carry-on and a backpack as part of her post-graduation travels. She instantly fell in love with the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and has yet to purchase her flight home. With experience working for an entrepreneurship summer camp in the...
Board of Directors
David Darragh - Chairman
CEO, Reily Foods Company
Vice-Chairman and COO, IBERIABANK
CEO, American Funds
Managing Partner, Operating Capital Partners, LLP
Managing Partner, Jones Walker
Executive Vice President of University Relations and Development, Tulane University
President/CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.
Ti Adelaide Martin
Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace
Co-founder, Abstraction Ventures
President, Enterprise Shared Services at Caesars Entertainment Corporation
CEO, Ochsner Health System
Co-founder & CEO, The Idea Village
CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.
Chairman's Advisory Committee
E. Tiffany Adler
Principal, Beery Advisors
Partner, TopSide & Co-Founder, The Idea Village
President, CommTech Industries
CEO, Property One
CEO, Eskew Dumez Ripple
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore Services
President/CEO, Guico Machine Works
Life Science Commercialization Consultant
Principal, Strategic Comp
CEO, ThirtyNorth Investments
CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Partner, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP
CEO, Farm Dog, LLC
Co-founder, Trumpet, Naked Pizza, and The Idea Village