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Emerging Markets Development Corporation

Our Team


Elwood Hopkins, Managing Director

Elwood Hopkins is an urban planner. He holds degrees in city and regional planning from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Elwood heads two organizations: He is Managing Director of Emerging Markets, Inc. a private consulting firm that helps financial institutions and supermarkets to develop business strategies in disinvested urban areas; and he is President of the Emerging Markets Development Corporation. In the past decade, Emerging Markets, Inc. and the Center for Place-Based Initiatives have worked with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Capital One, Union Bank, Prudential Financial, Washington Mutual, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase.

Previously, Elwood has served as a Research Scientist at the New York University Urban Research Center and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, Istanbul, Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. He has served as an Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Habitat (UNCHS), Organization of American States, and the World Bank. He was a contributor to the World Summit on Cities, UN Social Summit, and the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). He has also served as Executive Director of Los Angeles Urban Funders. He has been a member or contributor to the Harvard Executive Session on Philanthropy, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Change. He is the author of Collaborative Philanthropies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). In 2007, he received the Robert McNeely Trailblazer Award; and in 2009, the Champions for Families Award.


Mehmet Berker is a cartographer, GIS analyst, and graphic designer who uses traditional GIS software as well as graphic design software to create maps which seek to be informative as well as beautiful. In addition to making maps for the Emerging Markets Development Corporation and Emerging Markets, Inc., he also assists in research, and serves as project manager. Mehmet previously worked for Ramsey County, Minnesota where he helped create Go Ramsey Communities, a webmap for residents to search and discover all public parks and recreational facilities in the county. He has also worked at a public policy think tank and the U.S. Senate. Mehmet is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he spent most of his time tinkering in the Masters of GIS computer lab, and learning the finer points of cartographic design.




Allen Bromberger Allen Bromberger is an attorney with Perlman+Perlman in New York with over 20 years experience representing nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of business matters and legal transactions. As an expert in “hybrids,” he advises the Emerging Markets Development Corporation in all legal matters. Prior to his tenure with Perlman+Perlman, Mr. Bromberger served as president of Power of Attorney, a New York City private operating foundation, and as executive director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, a public interest law firm for nonprofit and community development organizations.

He is legal advisor to the NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Fourth Sector Network, and an advisor to Corporate Counsel magazine. He is the author of Getting Organized and Advising Nonprofits, two widely-used books on nonprofit formation and operation. He has also written numerous articles on nonprofit legal matters and is a frequent speaker on nonprofit and social enterprise legal issues. He holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a JD from the University of California Hastings College of Law, and had been admitted to the bar in California and New York.