Energy and Agriculture Sector Expert Frank Tugwell Joins SNV USA Board of Directors
07/11/2013

Former President and CEO of global development organization, Winrock International, brings management and multi sector experience to SNV USA Board

Online PR News – 11-July-2013 – Washington, D.C. – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Frank Tugwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winrock International from 1999 to 2013, has officially joined the Board of Directors of SNV USA.

A registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2007, SNV USA is an independent affiliate of SNV based in Bethesda, Maryland, that connects North American partners to SNV’s innovative solutions around the world. SNV has nearly 50 years of experience in 38 countries developing inclusive solutions in agriculture, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and renewable energy with a goal of providing people with opportunities to transition out of poverty.

“I am delighted to be collaborating with an organization that is so deeply committed to inclusive development and poverty reduction,” Tugwell says. “SNV’s global reputation speaks for itself- especially when it comes to innovative solutions in local capacity development.”

Tugwell served as the President and CEO of global development organization, Winrock International, for the past 14 years where he was responsible for leading the organization and advancing its mission to increase long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Before joining Winrock, Tugwell served as Executive Director of the Heinz Endowments, a philanthropy that makes grants in the environment, human services, education, urban affairs, and the arts. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Programs and Global Projects at Winrock International. He has also held positions as founder and President of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that invests in small and medium-sized environmental companies in developing countries; Deputy Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Carter Administration; and Professor and Department Chair at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School.

Tugwell, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, has focused his research and writing on energy technology and policy. He is the author of The Energy Crisis and the American Political Economy: Politics and Markets in the Management of Natural Resources, and has written widely on biomass energy systems for developing countries.

“Frank will be a great addition to the U.S. Board,” says SNV USA Chair, Allert van den Ham. “I am impressed with his extensive work in the global energy and policy arenas, and am excited to have him join us in working towards our goal of alleviating global poverty.”

SNV USA President and Executive Director, Neil Ghosh added, “It is an exciting time at SNV- full of change and opportunity- and I look forward to having Frank join us at this time. He is passionate about contributing to sustainable solutions and has a strong interest in the work SNV is doing around the world.”

Tugwell joins four other members of the SNV USA Board: Allert van den Ham, Chief Executive Officer of SNV; Neil Ghosh, President and Executive Director of SNV USA; Daniel Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); as well as Michael Barth, Managing Partner of Barth and Associates.

About SNV USA

SNV USA is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of SNV which connects North American partners to SNV’s innovative solutions around the world. SNV is a global nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience working in 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV develops inclusive solutions in agriculture, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and renewable energy that provide people with opportunities to transition out of poverty. Through locally based teams of technical advisors that collaborate with local partners, SNV equips communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. For more information, visit www.snvusa.org.