An experienced team
David Vanderveer, Chairman of Openworld Villages, is owner and developer of White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat in Stanardsville, Virginia. White Lotus has earned top ratings as an AirBnB short-stay destination.
David has experience in designing and building innovative residences, creating event and conference facilities, and integrating agro-tourism, wellness, and green space experiences in a manner sensitive to the natural qualities of each location. He assists tiny house community developers in preparing marketable ventures and designing memorable places to visit and live.
Internationally, David has travelled in 36 countries, assisting disaster relief efforts, contributing to local development projects, and learning about cultures.
Mark Frazier, President/CEO of Openworld Villages, is cofounder of Openworld Inc., a group specializing in regulatory reforms, land trusts, skills-sharing, and community association initiatives to awaken land values in economically struggling areas.
His project experience has included work with dozens of U.S. states and localities, as well as projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa for public and private sector clients.
For Openworld Villages, he oversees market assessments, policy reform projects, community land trust ventures, and 'Next College' learn-by-doing alternatives. Mark is a former publisher and managing editor of Reason Magazine, a graduate of Harvard University and a former Visiting Fellow of the Lehrman Institute.
Fred Oesch, Vice President of Openworld Villages, is founder and principal of Oesch Environmental Design, a Design/Build firm specializing in ecovillages and sustainable communities. His projects have been featured on Home and Garden Television [HGTV], and in numerous newspaper and magazine publications.
Fred has produced healthful, energy efficient, alternative dwellings, custom interiors, furniture, and fine art for more than 30 years. He has brought expertise in solar design, green timber frame, straw bale construction, living earth roofs, and organic environmental control systems to residential and commercial projects.
Fred has a Master's Degree in Architecture and is currently completing a new book entitled "Symbiotic Living: Elements of Timeless Design & Building Solutions."
Openworld Villages is assembling a notable advisory team. Founding members include:
Karol is a lawyer and land tenure and resource rights specialist with two decades of research and field experience. She heads the land tenure and resource rights practice at the Cloudburst Group in the Washington, DC area. Previously, she was director of investments at the Omidyar Network, where she worked with the property rights portfolio. Ms. Boudreaux has been the Africa land tenure specialist in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Land Tenure and Property Rights Division. Throughout her career, Karol has supported improvements to the land tenure and resource rights of people around the world. She has conducted field research in ten countries and has published more than 30 articles, policy papers, and book chapters, as well as a monograph on property rights. Before joining USAID, Karol was an instructor and assistant dean of George Mason University’s (GMU) School of Law and a senior research fellow at GMU’s Mercatus Center. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the International Finance Corporation’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project and has served as a member of the Working Group on Property Rights of the United Nation’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, where she concentrated on international law. Her bachelor’s degree is from Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Zach is Executive Director of the Startup Cities Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. SCI promotes a new approach to reform that uses startup entrepreneurship at the municipal level to improve governance. He is a multi-award winning writer and the first prize winner of the Charles Street Symposium for Economists under 35. As a teenager, Zach began working as an entrepreneur. As a journalist, he has been published or profiled by Barrons, HuffPost Live, the P2P Foundation, Kosmos Online, Buckminster Fuller Institute, the Boston Phoenix, Digital Culture.LA, Austin Phoenix, Reason.com, and Richard Branson's Virgin.com Entrepreneur magazine among others. He contributed book chapters on political economy in two works published by Palgrave MacMillan. Zach has spoken about Startup Cities and other topics around entrepreneurship, education, and technology for high-level business groups, politicians, and student organizations around the world. He has experience in El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and communities throughout the United States. Zach graduated magna cum laude from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.
THOMAS W. HAZLETT
Tom is Professor of Law & Economics at George Mason University, where he also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project, and Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis, Columbia University, and the Wharton School, and has published his research in the Journal of Law & Economics, the Columbia Law Review, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He also writes for such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Slate, and Barron’s, and is a Columnist for the Financial Times, where he contributes to the New Technology Policy Forum. Tom has written on government regulation of telecommunications and information technologies and advised on policy reforms in the United States and overseas.
Robert is Dean of the School Architecture of the University Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), as well as director of a Design-Build-Develop venture, the Benchmark Group. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York, a M.A. in Property Development from Francisco Marroquin University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts/ Art History (concentration in Architecture) from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.