JavaJog is pleased to announce the members of the 2015 Grant Review Committee! All three members continue their service from 2014.
The Committee is convened by the JavaJog Advisory Council to ensure a transparent and credible grants selection process and is made up of independent external experts who review proposals and make recommendations to the Advisory Committee on the programs to be funded. This year’s committee is made up of three members, with background in the coffee industry, development arena, and individuals with direct experience in East African coffee and development programs.
Charlene Lewey, President-Lodestar Consulting, Board Chair Food4 Farmers: Charlene recently formed Lodestar Consulting which is focused on financial management, sales and broker management, revenue optimization, trade promotion effectiveness, pricing strategies and development of operational processes to support efficient and effective selling. This was after a 16 year career at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) where she was Sr. Director of Order to Cash processes. She has also served as Treasurer on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and is currently Chairman of the Board of Food4Farmers. These organizations are both focused on increasing economic opportunity for coffee growers to enable them to achieve sustainable livelihoods.
Nate Schaffran, Senior Vice President of Lending, Root Capital: Nate oversees Root Capital’s lending operations in Latin America and Africa. He previously served as Root Capital’s Vice President for Africa from 2007-2012, launching our operations on the continent, opening regional offices, and building a $20M portfolio. Nate has previously worked in value chain sustainability at Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva in Nicaragua, and at Fair Trade USA. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and BAs in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College.
George Watene, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, 4C Association: George is responsible for managing and strengthening the M&E function in the 4C Association. This includes overall development and management of the M&E program, defining intended change, organizational learning from the program, reporting and stakeholder liaison. He is also the contact point for issues and questions relating to the program. Prior to joining 4C Association George was the Regional Certification Manager at Technoserve’s East Africa Coffee Initiative and before that he served as the acting General Manager of Africert Limited. George holds an MSC in Environment and Resource Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi.
We are grateful to these individuals for their service and support of JavaJog!