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Leland Fellow

Felipe Cook

11th Class, 2021-2023

Felipe Cook was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, at 30 below. He later graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Political Science and included a year of international policy studies at the University of Leeds, U.K. Felipe worked in education in the Teach For America Phoenix Cohort teaching science and mathematics to students and as an agricultural extension agent in Senegal with the Peace Corps. Upon returning stateside, he worked as a forestry technician in Mammoth Lakes, California, with the US Forest Service. Most recently, he worked as a programmer and data analyst for avionic and unemployment services in New Mexico. Felipe’s primary interests are at the intersection of poverty reduction, climate change, and food security.

Host Organization: ACDI/VOCA

First Year Placement
Phonsavan, Laos

Felipe was based in the Philippines, working primarily on the Cooperative Development Program Philippines at ACDI/VOCA as a cooperative development specialist. Felipe concentrated on improving the cooperative’s business performances by delivering market linkages between the cooperative producers and aggregators. Felipe also worked with the Laos Microenterprise Project to strengthen value chains in Xieng Khouang Province for small and medium-level enterprises. He worked with the Technical Learning and Application team to ensure that project-level learning at the Cooperative Development Program and Laos Microenterprise was extrapolated and used in other ACDI/VOCA projects. His focus was on Private Sector Engagement (PSE), and Felipe helped create PSE briefs for new projects to determine the best approaches. He assisted in other projects by completing desk research and written summaries of past technical approaches.