Mike Godfrey is an international development professional with 30 years of experience successfully managing programs in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. His career has involved work across the development spectrum -- from emergency relief, post-conflict stabilization and food programming to livelihood security, natural resources and agricultural and rural development. He has worked with NGOs and in the private sector both in the US and extensively abroad.
Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Mike was the senior director for programs at the World Cocoa Foundation. He also previously worked for 10 years with DAI at its corporate headquarters, where he provided home office leadership and technical supervision for multiple overseas programs and directly managed a large portfolio of USAID umbrella contracts. His last post was as the chief of party, directing a USAID-funded environment and sustainable agriculture program in Haiti.
Before joining DAI, Mike had an 18-year career with CARE International, directing programs overseas as well as in its US headquarters. As deputy director of CARE’s Emergency Group, he supervised its post-conflict programs across the Balkans in 1999-2000. He served as CARE’s resident country director in Niger, Guatemala and Kosovo, insuring effective administrative and financial operations, managing all international and local staff, writing proposals to implement development and humanitarian response programs and representing CARE to foreign governments and donors. Mike was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger from 1977-1979, working as an agriculture and range management advisor to the government. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, and speaks both French and Spanish.