Exec Dir of Village Capital — Ross Baird is the Executive Director of Village Capital, an initiative that catalyzes seed-stage investment by putting capital in the hands of entrepreneurs themselves. Village Capital has launched nine programs worldwide, investing over $1 million in seed-stage entrepreneurs. Ross also serves as an Investment Analyst with First Light Ventures, where he has helped build a 20-enterprise portfolio over the past three years. He also has on-the-ground experience in Hyderabad, India, with the Indian School Finance Company. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall and Truman Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar, and has started two independent initiatives focused on civic participation.