SPBD is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Solomon Islands dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises.

James Young

SPBD Samoa
Jim is an investment analyst at West Family Investments, a private family office, in Evanston, IL. Before his current position, he worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years - Equity Research for 3 years in New York City and Institutional Equities Sales for 16 years in Chicago. Jim is a graduate of Princeton University with an Economics degree and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He also completed the CFA program. Jim lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Karen, and children, Stephanie, Henry and Katie. Jim and his family are committed to microfinance and its basic premise of helping people help themselves. In addition to his microfinance experience with SPBD, Jim is also an active and enthusiastic supporter of The MicroDreams Foundation, a non-profit and catalytic microfinance investor.  He is currently serving on the board of trustees of MicroDreams.