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
Felipe is working on the Laos Microenterprise Project at ACDI/VOCA to strengthen market links and value chains in Xieng Khouang Province for small and medium-level enterprises. He works with the Technical Learning and Application team to ensure that project-level learning at Laos Microenterprise is extrapolated and used in other ACDI/VOCA projects. At HQ in Washington, D.C., his focus is on Private Sector Engagement (PSE), and he helps create PSE briefs for new projects to determine the best approaches. He assists in other projects by completing desk research and written summaries of past technical approaches.