Representative for Ecuador and Panama
Ginger Deason is the IAF 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 conducted research with indigenous groups in southern Mexico on community-based adaptation planning for climate change in a sustainable tourism context. 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 U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and later worked for the agency in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Washington, DC. She also managed grants and programmed environmental education outreach at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Ginger holds a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, both from North Carolina State University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Auburn University.