Board Member, Executive Director
Wade earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah where he specialized in fields including development, public, gender, and labor. His dissertation research analyzed the economic impact of landmines in Cambodia. He conducted original and ground-breaking research, proposing specific policies to address landmine-specific problems. As a professor, Wade has over 18 years of experience teaching more than 20 distinct courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to his role as an academic, Wade also founded Roberts Forensics, where he provided forensic economic services to a range of clients for more than 10 years. Wade regularly visits Cambodia to better understand poverty and determine sustainable solutions to poverty reduction.
Wade transitioned from his role as a professor and forensic economist to pursue his passion relating to poverty alleviation, by helping to establish Become More. Wade is dedicated to providing the needed education and opportunity that will empower people living in extreme poverty to break free from the poverty trap. Wade enjoys reading, swimming, playing the piano, and traveling with his family. He and his wife Cindy are the proud parents of three wonderful children.