Who We Are

About Us

OPT was created in 2010 to end poverty by providing grants and capacity-building services to grassroots organizations that enable women to attain economic self-sufficiency.

OPT's first grant and support activities were to an Indonesian organization called PPMK (roughly translated: Empowering Women to Fight Poverty). PPMK, founded by Jack Wilson, has an active Microloan program for women and a Milk Program for children, and is creating recycling and composting programs that will provide even more jobs. It is run by a small group of dedicated staff who are are able to funnel 90% of their raised funds directly to program services. Their mission is to end poverty and the marginalization of indigenous women -- and to provide realistic options for self-sufficiency and self-improvement in a land too often characterized by extremism and terrorism.

Currently, OPT is not accepting grant proposals other than those submitted by OPT Board members.

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Board of Directors

Lauren Abramson
Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, MD

Graham Brent
Chief Executive Officer, NCCCO

Anne Draddy
Believer in overcoming poverty by directly funding the good ideas of smart women

Moses Hammett
Director of Workforce Development at the Center for Urban Families, Baltimore, Maryland

Jan Houbolt
Executive Director of The Leadership: A Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee

Carmen Silva
Software and content professional

Lena Wilson
Works at EF International Language Centers in California

Amanda Zinn
President and CEO of Leadership Baltimore County