Mr. Abrams joined Trickle Up in October 2005 after a long career as a journalist and media executive for the New York Times, ABC News, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Abrams has also served as an advisor to the Soho Partnership, a job-readiness program for the homeless in New York City; the Bowery Residents Committee, a New York agency that helps the homeless and others with limited resources; and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. He holds master’s degrees in journalism and business from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Founded in 1979, Trickle Up provides seed capital, business training, and support services to help people take their first steps out of poverty by starting micro-businesses. Trickle Up helped start or expand more than 10,000 businesses in 2006, improving the lives of more than 60,000 people. Trickle Up works in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Uganda), Asia (Cambodia, India, Nepal), Latin America and the Caribbean (Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua), and the U.S.