Devon is an agricultural development specialist, with a diverse skillset covering multiple aspects of project planning, implementation, and management. In his current role as a project manager for two gender-focused projects he helps coordinate efforts with partner organizations, works on strategic visioning, and streamlines processes to enhance project implementation. For the jointly-managed ‘Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation’ (GREAT) project, Devon works closely with colleagues at Uganda’s Makerere University. On the crosscutting ‘Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education’ (AWARE) initiative, Devon leads up a weekly, global newsletter and coordinates student travel grants and on-campus speakers. Previously at Global Development, through work on the ‘Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa’ (SRI-WAAP) project, Devon led communications, designed and developed project websites, set up a mobile data collection and GIS-based monitoring and evaluation system, led technical field trainings, led donor reporting, and co-wrote project technical manuals.
Originally from Seattle, Devon’s passion for social and ecological justice has led him to work broadly at tackling difficult challenges in society. Prior to joining Global Development, Devon’s work included serving in Peace Corps in both Niger and Benin; working with at-risk youth and managing a community garden in Northwest Montana; permaculture work on the West Coast; and political campaign work in TX, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Montana, Georgia and Florida; and research on behavior change messaging for development projects in Niger. At home in Ithaca, NY, Devon has been active in local food planning efforts, including as a member of the Tompkins County Food Policy Council and formerly as a board member for the Ithaca Community Gardens. Devon has a Master’s in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell, and is working on a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, with a focus on municipal climate change mitigation.