William M. Abrams
President, Trickle Up
William M. Abrams joined Trickle Up in 2005, following a career as a senior executive and journalist for The New York Times, ABC News and The Wall Street Journal.
Under his leadership, Trickle Up has helped more than 55,000 people start or expand microenterprises, benefitting nearly 300,000 people in Africa, India and Central America. Founded in 1979, Trickle Up is a global leader in economic development for people living in the deepest levels of poverty. Trickle Up provides business training, seed capital grants, and savings support to people living in extreme poverty in West Africa, India and Central America.
Prior to Trickle Up, Mr. Abrams served as President of New York Times Television, which produced current affairs documentaries for cable and public television, and spent twelve years at Capital Cities/ABC Inc., including five as Vice President of Business Development for ABC News. He began his career as a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Abrams has Masters degrees in journalism and business from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree from Tufts University. He has represented Trickle Up at numerous conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Global Philanthropy Forum, Opportunity Collaboration, Microfinance USA, University of Pennsylvania Annual Microfinance Conference and Oxfid (Oxford University International Development Forum).