Representative for Belize and Guatemala
Jose Toasa brings more than 10 years of professional experience in the areas of economics and grassroots international development. As a foundation representative at the IAF since 2009, Jose has developed robust and innovative portfolios in Guatemala and Belize. These programs focus on bottom-up processes that promote social and economic inclusion of youth and indigenous peoples and build on the capacity and power of local groups to network and learn from one another. Thanks to Jose’s leadership, IAF grantee partners from Guatemala and Belize have been able to develop organic networks focusing on themes such as natural resource management, food security, citizen development and youth. Jose also works to facilitate links between local grassroots groups and key international players.
Prior to joining the IAF, Jose worked as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service where he conducted market analysis of biofuel products in Latin America. Jose was born in Ecuador and moved to the United States as an adult where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at American University and a master’s degree in economics at The George Washington University. Jose loves to travel, snowboard and play soccer.