Ross Baird developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Mr. Baird worked on the development of four education-related startup ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India, the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.