Representative for Ecuador and Panama
Ginger Deason is the foundation representative for Ecuador and Panama and has over 15 years of experience in grassroots community development, training and environmental education. Before joining the IAF, Ginger pursued a doctorate degree at North Carolina State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Focusing on climate change and sustainable tourism, she worked with indigenous groups in southern Mexico on community-based adaptation planning for climate change. Previously she was a Field Coordinator for Heifer International, where she managed grants and sustainable agriculture projects with a focus on capacity-building within rural groups. Ginger was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and later worked for the organization in a variety of capacities in Guatemala, Ecuador and Washington, D.C. She also managed grants and programmed environmental education outreach at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Ginger holds a master’s in natural resource management from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s in Spanish and Latin American studies from Auburn University.