Nick Hobgood has 22 years of experience leading complex, multi-sector development projects in humanitarian response, democratic initiatives, community-based natural resource management, agriculture, and small business development.

Son of a career U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officer, Nick was lucky to grow up in four Latin American countries, the Ivory Coast and Haiti all before graduating from high school. He began his career in development in 1984, working as an intern in the USAID Office of Agriculture and Rural Development, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appreciation for diverse cultures later compelled him to join the Peace Corps and was assigned to an aquaculture program in a very remote village in the Bandundu Province of Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo. His work for four years in the Peace Corps prepared him to better understand the problems faced by poor rural populations. This life-changing experience fueled Nick’s desire to continue striving to make a difference.

For the last 16 years he has implemented USAID programs in conflict, post-conflict, and unpredictable environments in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa. Nick understands challenging contexts and has a proven capacity to deliver results under difficult circumstances. He is currently using his knowledge of community-based natural resource management to help South Pacific Islanders mitigate the effects climate change.

He has worked extensively in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Timor Leste, and Sudan. A prolific photographer, Nick also is also fluent in French and Kikongo.



Bill Parente

A professional engineer by training, Bill has led numerous infrastructure and development projects for donors in countries around the world. He contributes to DAI’s water, environment, and infrastructure programs as part of the Technical Services team.

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