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  • 1. Mark C. Mitchell E-mail: mark@ageolimited.com or mmitchell@peopleinc.net Phone: [276] 475-5220 Cell Phone: [276] 356-9782 sMail: P.O. Box 661, Damascus, VA 24236 website: www.ageolimited.com SUMMARY 20+ years experience 15+ countries of work experience 10+ years of international experience Skill areas include: enterprise development, business planning, strategic planning, agriculture credit, grant administration, grant writing, micro-finance, post-war economic recovery, emerging market entry, privatization, land reform, market planning, environmental assessments, and outdoor tourism. CONSULTING Jan-Mar., 2005, Mercy Corps/, Sri Lanka Scope of Work was to develop Mercy Corps’ economic development policies and strategies to respond rapidly and with insight to the December 26 th Tsunami. Principle areas of income generation studied included fisheries, agriculture, micro-credit, tourism, small and medium enterprises. Jun., 2004, Mercy Corps/USAID, Georgia Scope of Work was to generate a range of possible initiatives in regard to income and employment generation which formed part of Mercy Corps response to the GEII-E RFA. Partnership agreements were reached with Bank of Georgia, Pro Credit Bank, EBRD, to develop guarantee funds to support the rural credit systems. The geographical focus of these innovations was Samstkhe-Javakheti Region (S-J) and Tbilisi (Georgia’s capital). May., 2004, Mercy Corps/USDA, Eritrea Scope of Work involved a Food Security Assessment which analyzed food insecurity in the Northern Red Sea Zone. Specifically, determine the potential for Agri-Business/ BDS/ Livestock and micro-credit/SME activities in the transition from food aid programs. Mar., 2003, AED/Mercy Corps/USAID, Liberia Scope of Work involved the writing of the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and development of ongoing mitigation and monitoring procedures for a $12 million, 5-year community development project. Potential impacts reviewed covered road construction, bridge construction, swamp rice production, and social infrastructure such as schools, clinics, and market places. Feb., 2003, Mercy Corps/European Community, Guatemala Scope of Work included participation on a proposal/new business development team as the economic development specialist. The work focused on land titling and economic development, with conflict resolution as a cross-cutting theme . Specific responsibilities included the program design, implementation, and selection of potential partner agencies. Nov., 2002, Mercy Corps/USAID, Croatia Scope of Work included participation on a mid-term evaluation team as the economic development specialist. The Economic and Community Revitalization Activity program
  • 2. Mark C. Mitchell Page 2 of 6 (ECRA) is a US$ 20 million program for USAID’s SO 3.1 Accelerated Return of Sustainable Reintegration of War-Affected Areas. The evaluation concentrated on the achievements to-date, targeting of client needs, implementing partner services, and recommended project corrections for the umbrella grant program. 16 implementing partners were evaluated. Jun., 2002, Mercy Corps, Liberia Scope of Work included participation on a proposal/new business team as the economic development specialist. The objective of the US$12 million project was to use community based methods of income generation and employment for both urban and rural populations in the food insecure and civil worn torn country. Specific responsibilities included the program design, implementation, and selection of potential employees. May, 2002, Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan Scope of Work included designing and writing the Osh Agribusiness Initiative (OAI), a US$ 2 million program that was established by the US Ambassador and the Kyrgyz President. The OAI program focused on the re-establishment of food processing and agriculture marketing in the Ferghana Valley. Specific responsibilities included lead writer, the evaluation of the industry, design and development of the proposal, and development of the budget. Mar.- Apr., 2002, Mercy Corps, Bosnia, (Tuzla Office) Scope of Work included developing Mercy Corps’ strategy for conversion from humanitarian assistance to economic development with sustainable income generation. This work later lead to a program implementation change with UNHCR in Northern Bosnia and the basis of a USAID APS proposal response. Jul., 2001-Mar., 2002, Mercy Corps, Serbia, FYR (Nis office) 1st Scope of Work included developing and establishing a sub-grant program for the economic opportunity project in Southern Serbia. The sub-grant program objective was to stimulate the commercialization of local production by supporting small producers through the creation of enterprises that serve as links to cash markets. Specific responsibilities included establishing application, evaluation and award procedures, reporting systems, and developing business management training materials. 2nd Scope of Work included developing Mercy Corps’ environmental policy and procedures for the Community Revitalization through Democratic Action (CRDA) project for 60 infrastructure sub-grants and completing all of the Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs). Jun.- Jul., 2001 Self directed, Zimbabwe (Eastern & Southern Africa) Scope of Work included researching market entry models for agricultural input businesses into less developed countries and then presenting the conclusions and results as an MIBA thesis. Paper was selected by USAID/Mozambique to serve as a reference for their 5-year strategy on agricultural input supply. Apr.- May, 2001 Chemonics International, Zimbabwe Scope of Work involved developing a proposal in response to a USAID RFP on HIV/AIDS Crisis Mitigation as part of a new program development team. Feb., 2001 Chemonics International, Zimbabwe Scope of Work involved the on-going development of a Special Economic Opportunity program proposal, specifically to respond to USAID’s Competitive Range comments based on the phase II proposal. Jan-Feb., 2001 ZOPP (Pvt)Ltd, Zimbabwe Scope of Work included facilitating and negotiating a product distribution agreement between ZOPP (a Zimbabwe-based agro-processing equipment distributor with over 85
  • 3. Mark C. Mitchell Page 3 of 6 retail points nationwide) and Compatible Technology International (a US-based appropriate technology development organization). Oct-Dec., 2000 Children International, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda 1st Scope of Work included investigating import restrictions for donated goods into the countries of Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and identifying distribution agencies, assessing interest, capabilities, and performance of potential agencies for the distribution of donated goods in each of the countries. 2nd Scope of Work was an extension of the above contract to also cover Kenya and Uganda. Sept-Oct., 2000 Chemonics International, Zimbabwe The Scope of Work focused on preparing a Phase II proposal after Chemonics was selected as a finalist for the Special Economic Opportunity RFP. Specific duties included assessing the microfinance, small and microenterprise, and agribusiness sector development status and areas for cooperation within the proposed program. This also included being listed as deputy chief of party and agribusiness/appropriate technology specialist in the proposal. June, 2000 National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA, Zimbabwe The Scope of Work included developing a proposal in response to a US$12.5 million USAID Request For Proposals (RFP) under the Special Economic Opportunity program to develop rural Zimbabwe’s economy. July, 1997 Appropriate Technology International, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe The Scope of Work included assessing all programs in the countries listed above. The assessment covered both development activities and their cost recovery, and the financial review of two (2) for-profit companies. May- June, 1997 International Finance Corporation (member of the World Bank Group), Zimbabwe The Scope of Work entailed the environmental assessment of Dairiboard Zimbabwe’s seven (7) milk processing facilities and participation on the team which conducted an evaluation of the dairy industry in Zimbabwe. April, 1996 Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs/US Export-Import Bank, Ukraine The Scope of Work included assessing the Ukrainian agriculture chemicals industry for a proposed commodity credit finance program as part of a multi-sector new program development team. April- June, 1993 ABS Global Inc., USA & Poland The Scope of Work included preparing and writing six (6) training manuals on the subjects of beef cattle nutrition, beef cattle herd management, dairy nutrition, dairy herd management, dairy cattle genetics, and farm financial management. February- April, 1993; December, 1989- June, 1990 Various farming operations>(Morven, Oakdale, Meadow, Powerline, Paramont), USA The Scope of Work for these farms was to provide management at critical periods such as spring calving, and preparation for annual cattle sales when the farm manager had suddenly left the operation at these critical periods, and assist in hiring a replacement manager. EMPLOYMENT May, 2002-Present Owner & COO, Backcountry Responsibilities of the work include the development of marketing activities, oversight of construction, long-term financial planning and management, facility design, and trail maintenance. Backcountry is an agri-tourism business with two locations in Southwest Virginia. (www.virginiabackcountry.com)
  • 4. Mark C. Mitchell Page 4 of 6 November, 2006-Present Director of Community Economic Development, Southwest Virginia CDFI & People Inc. Responsibilities of the position include the administration of all People Inc. grant programs and their reporting requirement associated with economic development and works with funding partners in all aspects of the programs and represents the programs locally as well as at a state and national level. The position also oversees the operation of the $5 million Southwest Virginia community development finance institution and the Ninth District Development Fund providing business loans. Donor experience includes: SBA, CDFI Treasury, Tobacco Indemnification Commission, DHCD, ARC, and USDA. Special skills acquired from this position include: Sustainable operation of micro-financing, US-based funding programs, knowledge of US low-income and poverty issues, small business activities, the US distribution of credit. July, 1997- May, 2000 Deputy Director Eastern & Southern Africa, EnterpriseWorks Worldwide,(formerly Appropriate Technology International) Harare, Zimbabwe Responsibilities of the deputy director position involved the management of rural enterprise development grants averaging US$ 5.5 million annually, along with proposal development for the organization in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. The primary program objectives included fostering rural business development services and building the capacity of local businesses. Specific responsibilities included developing and managing the business and financial planning of two (2) for-profit agribusiness sales and manufacturing companies in Zimbabwe, and two (2) agriculture input distribution companies in Uganda and Tanzania. I served as a team leader for the development of EW’s 5-year strategic plan concerning interactions with corporations within the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. Donor experience included: USAID, UNDP, FICAH, IDRC, DFID, Kellogg Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and McKnight Foundation. Special skills acquired from this position include: design and management of business development services including developing commercial training services, capacity building for NGOs and for-profit businesses, market development and international marketing, knowledge of appropriate technologies, agricultural production systems, natural products sector, and agriculture credit systems. March, 1995- March, 1997 NIS Program Officer, Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, Moscow, Russia Responsibilities of the program officer position focussed on oversight of 14 sub-grant programs totaling US$ 44 million in the Newly Independent States (NIS) of Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Sub-grant projects were implemented by U.S. agribusinesses such as Monsanto, Cargill, Continental Grain, ConAgra, Ben & Jerry’s. Specific responsibilities included acting as the liaison between the agribusiness companies and USAID, and ensuring environmental compliance and oversight of the sub-grant projects focusing on pesticide use and food processing. Special skills acquired from this position include: knowledge of multi-national agribusinesses’ smallholder farmer development and emerging market entry policies, how to conduct 22CFR216 environmental assessments, and Russian language. June, 1993- March, 1995 Chief of Party/Director of Privatization and Restructuring, ABS Global Inc. (a division of WR Grace) Kaluga, Russia Responsibilities of the position included the establishment of a Russian/American joint venture on behalf of ABS Global, Inc. The business involved stimulating the vertically integrated production of beef cattle from feedlot to slaughter and processing. Specific responsibilities included forming partner relationships, legal business structures and business and marketing plans. The work also included the break-up and restructuring of a state farm (kolholz) that was 90% pensioner owned. Special skills acquired from this position include: operation of a for-profit company in an inflationary environment, Soviet legal and accounting practices, food processing waste
  • 5. Mark C. Mitchell Page 5 of 6 management, land reform, privatization of state managed businesses, living and working overseas, Russian language. January, 1991- February, 1993 Project Manager, R.E. Blattert & Associates, Inc., Iowa, USA Responsibilities of the project manager position focused on providing technical and budgetary oversight of soil and groundwater investigations for petroleum hydrocarbon and pesticide releases. Primary client was Amoco Oil. Special skills acquired from this position include: how to conduct hydrogeological investigations, working with government municipalities and bond issues, environmental risk analysis, 29CFR1910 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, registered environmental property assessor, working with government regulatory agencies such as USEPA and Resolution Trust Corporation. June, 1990- November, 1990 Technical Specialist, Bio Gro Systems, Inc., Maryland, USA Responsibilities of the technical specialist position included providing technical oversight for the land application of municipal sludge on farmland and surface mine reclamation projects around the Chesapeake Bay. Special skills acquired from this position include: public relations with farmers, government officials, and the general public where opinions differ, soil conservation and monitoring, classification of soils and soil characteristics. June, 1987- September, 1989 Peace Corps Volunteer, US Peace Corps, Ecuador Responsibilities included the leadership of a Ministry of Agriculture teaching and research farm that housed dairy cattle, beef cattle, talapia fish, and sheep. Activities included farm management as well as teaching courses. Special skills acquired from this position include: adapting to new cultures, Spanish language, tropical farming systems. For gaps in employment history, refer to Consulting section above. LANGUAGES ENGLISH- native speaker SPANISH- read well, speak well, comprehension excellent RUSSIAN- read fair, speak good, comprehension good PORTUGUESE- read fair, speak good, comprehension good SERBO/CROATIAN- read poor, speak poor, comprehension good COMPUTER SKILLS WORD PROCESSING- Microsoft Word, Wordperfect, etc SPREADSHEETS- Excel, Quatro Pro GRAPHICS- MS Publisher, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD INTERNET- researching topics, browsers, e-mail, limited web page design PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Registered in CGAP database http://www.microfinancegateway.com/content/member/detail/30371 National Registry of Environmental Professionals - Registered Environmental Property Assessor, REPA #1729 Washington County, Va Chamber of Commerce - Chairman of Tourism Committee Virginia Microenterprise Network - President, 2007
  • 6. Mark C. Mitchell Page 6 of 6 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Farm Park, Abingdon, VA Salt Trail Club, Saltville, VA Discover Damascus, Damascus, VA Clinch Mountain Migratory Birding Festival - Website administrator Highlands Society, Abingdon, VA - Member, Board of Directors, 2005-07 EDUCATION Master of International Business Administration, Washington International University, Philadelphia, PA, 2001 Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Virginia Tech State University, 1987. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, OSHA 29CFR1910, 1992. ISO 14001 Internal Auditor, 2000 PUBLICATIONS Mitchell, M.C., A proposed path forward for the further development of tourism in Virginia’s Western Highlands’. Ageo Limited, 2005. Mitchell, M.C., Business Management, Training Manual. Mercy Corps, 2001. (Engl & Serb) Mitchell, M.C., Medical Waste Management Guidelines. Mercy Corps, 2001. Mitchell, M.C., An Evaluation of a Market Entry Model for Agricultural Input Supplies in Less Developed Countries. Unpublished, 2001. Mitchell, M.C, What You Should Know About Integrated Pest Management, Extension Publication #9-99, EnterpriseWorks Worldwide, 1999. Mitchell, M.C. editor, Pesticide Management and Safety for Ugandan Farmers and Agrodealers, EnterpriseWorks Worldwide, 1999. Mitchell, M.C., What You Should Know About Grain Bin Safety, Extension Publication, Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, 1996. Mitchell, M.C., Environmental Protection Management for Poultry Systems, Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, 1996. (in Russian and English) Mitchell, M.C., Beef Cattle Nutrition, Training Manual, ABS Global, 1993 Mitchell, M.C., Beef Cattle Management, Training Manual, ABS Global, 1993 Mitchell, M.C., Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Training Manual, ABS Global, 1993 Mitchell, M.C., Dairy Cattle Management, Training Manual, ABS Global, 1993

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