The Idea Village


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...

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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...

Board of Directors

  • David Darragh - Chairman

    CEO, Reily Foods Company
  • Margaret Beer

    Marketing, IBERIABANK
  • Michael Brown

    Vice-Chairman and COO, IBERIABANK
  • Kevin Clifford

    CEO, American Funds
  • Daryn Dodson

    Calvert Funds
  • Michael Gollner

    Managing Partner, Operating Capital Partners, LLP
  • Bill Hines

    Managing Partner, Jones Walker
  • Yvette Jones

    Executive Vice President of University Relations and Development, Tulane University
  • Chris Laibe

    Founder, Schedulist
  • Merritt Lane

    President/CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.
  • Ti Adelaide Martin

    Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace
  • Amith Nagarajan

    Co-founder, Abstraction Ventures
  • John Payne

    President, Enterprise Shared Services at Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Wendell Pierce

  • Tim Ryan

  • Warner Thomas

    CEO, Ochsner Health System
  • Hugh Weber

  • Tim Williamson

    Co-founder & CEO, The Idea Village
  • Matthew Wisdom

    CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.

Chairman's Advisory Committee

  • E. Tiffany Adler

    COO, Adler's
  • Taylor Beery

    Principal, Beery Advisors
  • Allen Bell

    Partner, TopSide & Co-Founder, The Idea Village
  • Darryl d’Aquin

    President, CommTech Industries
  • Quentin Dastugue

    CEO, Property One
  • Sally Forman

  • Sam Giberga

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore Services
  • David Guidry

    President/CEO, Guico Machine Works
  • James Hardy

    Life Science Commercialization Consultant
  • Scott Jacobs

    Principal, Strategic Comp
  • Suzanne Mestayer

    CEO, ThirtyNorth Investments
  • Kenneth Purcell

    CEO, iSeatz
  • Mark Romig

    CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
  • David Sylvester

    Partner, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP
  • Jimmy Treuting

    CEO, Farm Dog, LLC
  • Robbie Vitrano

    Co-founder, Trumpet, Naked Pizza, and The Idea Village