As a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the country of Georgia, I am working with an NGO, The Imereti Scientists Union "Spectri" on environmental issues. Their focus has been primarily on waste management and alternative energy, though they have also had good projects on everything from flood control to community engagement in the democratic process. We are looking for creative applications for the use of recycled plastic, a project most recently initiated in 2015 with good reception. Plastic is being baled and stored outdoors at the landfill until a market or local use can be identified.
Prior to this current one-year position with Peace Corps, I also served in Ghana from 2004-2007 in the environmental sector, working with farmers on their nursery business development. I remain connected with and support agricultural development there, through CallToNature Permaculture . In between these Peace Corps assignments and also early in my work career, I worked in Madison WI at a worker-owned and -operated taxi cooperative, Union Cab, in varying roles over several years as a driver, mechanic, Board member, and Green Team member. While cooperative development is highly important to me and thoroughly part of my personal life through day care, food, health, credit union, and solar cooperatives, the practical experience of running this cooperative have amplified my skills in project management.
For the 20 years prior to my first Peace Corps assignment, I worked in middle management at two biotech companies in Madison. Information Systems and Customer Service management were the focus of the two positions, and they were an on-the-job training ground for my introduction to good business management experience.