ACE Staff

Elisabeth Cochrane

Elisabeth Cochrane

CEO | Ace Development Fund

Growing up in affluent Manhattan Beach, California, Elisabeth was shocked when she went to Indonesia and later to Nepal and India and realized that many parts of the world lived in poverty and with low life expectancy, high infant mortality, etc. In Nepal, she witnessed how rural families survived by selling their daughters into slavery and decided to spend her life to help in these areas.

Elisabeth then started working and living in Nepal and India for over 28 years. During this time, she, along with her co-workers, developed many different projects in Nepal and India. These projects included pre-schools, children homes, literacy programs, community development programs, clinics, vocational and character training, widow’s homes, amongst others.

Through her years of work, Elisabeth realized that helping people help themselves was an essential part of seeing communities developed. With this understanding, she started focusing on helping people in these countries and other parts of Asia and Africa develop businesses that would impact their communities for good. She saw that what people needed many times in poor parts of the world was a bit of training, connections, and opportunities.

It was out of this passion that she took up the position of CEO at ACE, which had just been registered by a friend of hers. She is passionate about getting business people involved in helping to use their skills and talents to help parts of the world that need business to bring true development. She lives with her husband part-time in Pune, India and part-time in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Patricia Claassen

Patricia Claassen

Ace Development Fund

Patricia began her career as an architect with a strong foundation in problem-solving, planning and effective design, which she took with her into the non-profit sector. Her passion is to see innovative vision strategically implemented so as to maximize holistic impact among the poorest and the most excluded peoples. She has served over 23 years in Pune, India in community empowerment and capacity building overseeing more than 400 staff and impacting over 24000 lives and in executive leadership at national and regional levels. She has experience in designing and implementing staff training programs with particular expertise in professional coaching and coach training. In 2013, she moved to Ohio, USA and subsequently served as US manager for Justice and Care, an International anti-trafficking organization. Patricia recently completed a Masters program in Global Leadership with an emphasis on International Development at Fuller Seminary. Convinced that small business was an effective means to alleviate poverty while giving dignity and hope, she joined ACE in 2017 to serve as Chief of Operations (COO).

Gary Bodeutsch

Gary Bodeutsch

Director, Financial Operations

With a degree in mathematics, Gary started his working career in data analysis applied to labor market policies with a particular focus on using longitudinal data of employment and unemployment to inform government policies and programs and for evaluation of non-profit organizations.  During the 1990s, as Director of Labor Market and Economic Analysis (Washington state government), Gary had the challenge of managing a staff of 85 and bridging the gap between research and practitioners.

Gary began working in international development focusing on the labor market in the late 1990s. Living in Thailand from 2000 to 2006, Gary worked with various non-profit organizations and taught at an international high school and the University of Chiang Mai.   He contracted with The World Bank and the Thailand Ministry of Labour for several projects.  Gary currently works as a consultant in various economic analyses (green technologies and international development).