Work experience

Work experience
1999 - Present

Campaign Associate and Political Asylum Case Researcher

Researched, reported and developed supporting cases on behalf of political asylumseekers in the US based on documentation found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,various International Conventions, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Annual CountryReports.  Provided support for the Rights For All Campaign NGO Network in the Bay Area.  Represented the organisation at Rallies, Panels and Events.

Feb 2012 - Feb 2014

Program and Communications Director

Rural Coalition

Time was divided 75% programs and 25% communications.  Managed a staff of 7-12 people to include administrative staff, fellows, interns and project outreach coordinators.  Led and participated in a number of strategically aligned national groups that included the US Food Sovereignty Alliance Coordination Committee, the Building Equity and Alignment Initiative on Environmental Justice and Climate Change, la Via Campesina's North American Region Cooperative Leadership Committee and the Women's Committee, Manged the RC/ Eat4health Policy and Grassroots Collaborative.  Developed and led the Getting Our Act Together (GOAT) on the Farm Bill participatory evaluation process.  Created policy briefs, website content with some HTML, coordinated events, managed grants and submitted quarterly reports, annual reports, newsletters, action alerts and press releases. Introduced the organizational membership database, re-introduced committee style leadership and input structure to the coalition, coordinated the annual membership meeting and increased membership by 40%.  Cultivated relationships and partnerships with funders, donors and foundations.

Apr 2011 - Feb 2012

Outreach Coordinator

Rural Coalition

Coordinated the Environmental and Conservation Policy projects of the Coalicion to include the US Department of Agriculture; Natural Resource Conservation Service Grants (USDA-NRCS)  This involved developing relationships, MOUs and agreements between the government, community based organizations, local farmers and diverse stakeholders on issues of land, organic production, equitable access to programs, water issues and other issues.  Led interagency and community interactions and organized community dialogue for equitable food and agricultural policy.  Coordinate member work with the international peasant movement; La Via Campesina around issues of women's rights, climate change, food sovereignty, and seed saving along with other national strategically aligned groups.  Engaged historically under-served, new and beginning farmers and ranchers within the farm bill 2501; Outreach and Technical Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged program.  Communicated program deadlines, updates and policy objectives on scheduled calls, the website, social media, and SMS for those with broadband limitations.  Work was national and international in scope with a concentration in FL, NM, MA, DC, MD, VA, Mexico and Canada.  Coordinated a team of 5 people working under the program remotely and in office.

Mar 2008 - Apr 2011

Socially Responsible Program/Business Planning, Web 2.0 and Traditional Communications

International Strategy and Communications Consultant

Work collaboratively with Socially Responsible Entrepreneurs, Environmental Organizations, Academic Institutions, Government Agencies to cultivate ideas, solve management issues and develop communication strategies. Specialized in capacity building, strategy and linking traditional media to Web 2.0 strategies. Some areas of emphasis include: Social Media Workshops/Trainings/Public Speaking Engagements, Online Profiles, Graphics/Video and Web Design, Online Book Publicity and Event Management, Green/Environmental Communication Strategies, Latina Gender Niche Market Socially Responsible Business Planning, Capacity Building in Marketing and Management, Idea Creation and Strategy for Implementation

Clients include:  Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (GWU),  La Trenza Leadership, Commuter Connections, Environmental Authors, and Mobile Application Entrepreneurs.

Mar 2008 - Sep 2008


Environmental Service Learning in South East Asia

Service Learning in Thailand, Cambodia  and Vietnam.  I researched local indigenous cultures and the Buddhist tradition of interdependence with the environment.  I also researched practical uses of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in particular for Reducing Emissions for Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD). 

Climate Change Workshop Logistician                   

Care for the Environment: Buddhist Response to Climate Change                                         United Nations Vesak Day Celebrations International Organizing Committee  

Vietnam Buddhist University HCMC- Hanoi    

Provided technical and event management support to the Logistics Department of the Buddhist University and the International Organizing Committee for the United Nations Vesak Day Celebrations. The event that brought together more than 1000 International Scholars and Buddhist practitioners to discuss the topic of "Buddhist Contributions to Building a Just, Democratic and Civil Society".  

Jan 2007 - Sep 2007

Socially Responsible Management Consultant


Unite Productions:

I developed mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses from the private sector and media organizations for the promotion of monthly artistic grassroots events for groups of 300 to 500 people.  Controlled inventory for events, managed a team of 10 temporary employees, income/expenditure accounts and developed a marketing strategy and promotional material using Photoshop, Excel, Word, Front Page and Publisher.  Worked in English and in French.

The Streets Kickboxing Gym:

I developed a feasibility study (in French) and funding strategy for a social entrepreneur to start a kick-boxing gym to get urban Talibas children off the street and in positive sports environments.  Began with SWOT anaylsis and prepared a summary of the business plan including budget forecasts and prescribed recommendations of funding sources and optimal management team.  Francois has begun to work with a group children and continues to use the feasibility plan to attract donors.

Mar 2006 - Dec 2006

Event Management and Public Information Consultant

United Nation's World Food Programme Country Office

Prepared recommendations to the to the Walk the World Planning Committee for the coordination and management of the first Walk the World/Fight Hunger fundraising and food security awareness building event in Senegal. 

Created a project plan and budget for the event that included 18,500 participants from two regions.  Raised $100,000 USD to sponsor the event and managed over 100 volunteers, 40 private company and non-profit organization employee participants in the event including Citibank, Mobil-Exxon, TNT, World Vision and the First Lady of Senegal.  Negotiated Memorandums of Understands between partners.

Delegated logistic tasks to team members, monitored and evaluated progress and results according toheadquarter regulations.  Prepared summaries of the project for media outlets and internal communication.  Assisted project managers compile and analyze data for briefs and annual project reports to headquarters and donors.  Represented the World Food Programme formally and informally at panels, conferences and public events.

Dec 2003 - Dec 2005

Participatory Natural Resource Management and Eco-Business Development Agent

Senegalese Ministry of Environment; Department of National Parks

Worked and lived in a rural community setting planning and implementing a participatory natural resource management strategy that included 5 National Parks and 18 rural village towns. Facilitated Eco-trainings for 5 National Parks  as a market driven incentive to environmental conservation. Wrote and researched grants.  Developed record-keeping systems. Trained Eco-Entrepreneurs on annual and forecast budgeting techniques.  Managed the Environmental Communications and Press Relations Strategy.  Assisted Local Ecotourism Entrepreneurs launch 2 restaurants, 2 tourist boat services, 2 souvenir shops, a micro-credit program for the local community, & reforestation activities.  Designed and implemented a marketing strategy and tight budget guidelines.

2002 - 2002

Plan Puebla Panama Coordination Intern

International Development Exchange - Latin America Programs

Coordinated the publication of a billingual (English/Spanish) booklet between 22 organizations from Canada, the United States, and 8 countries in Latin America.  the booklet promoted alternative indigenous, fair trade, ecological and economic solutions to the problems of sweatshop labour, bio-piracy, migration, genetically modified agriculture, and harmful effects of  mega-developmet projects.  Researched distribution channels, created record-keeping databases for buyers, and maintained budget guidelines.

2002 - 2002

Program Assistant

Global Exchange - Colombia Human Rights Program

Worked with Colombian Indigenous, Afro-Colombian communities and rural labor and lobbying

representatives to expose, document and educate the US public about serious international human rightsviolations in Colombia. Created fact-sheets and web-based articles and action-kits  to educate the US public on how to pressure US Foreign Policy makers to change their policy in Colombia. 

I contributed to change in US Foreign Policy regarding aerial coca-fumigations in benefit of rural farm cooperativesand increased international public awareness of the U’wa people’s sacred land-rights plight against oil exploitation in Colombia. 

2000 - 2001

Pretrial Investigator

The Institute for Criminal Justice

Presented Own Recognizance Cases to Bail Commissioners and Judges, confirmed probable cause was established in specified time frame, worked with Attorney's for O.R requests, supervised defendents and recorded failures to appear in court.  Researched and investigated defendant's criminal background.  Worked in English and Spanish with people of low-income communitites.



2008 - Present

MSOM: Master of Science Organizational Management

World Learning's School for International Training

Capstone:  Participatory Natural Resource Management

Co-President/Treasurer of Student Association

Summer in Paris studying French

Degree Chairperson Research Assistant

Strategic Management Project Submitted to Windham Foundation/ Retreat Farm

Authentic Leadership In Action Conference AwardMaster's International Peace Corps Senegal

Net Impact Member

Notable Courses Completed: Intercultural Communications, Financial Management,

Marketing, Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Accountability,

Information Technology in Organizations, Social Change, Earth Rights, Globalization,

Conflict Transformation.


Aug 2013 - Present

Urban Commercial Agriculture

Eco-City Farms and University of Maryland