Mark C. Mitchell
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone:  475-5220
Cell Phone:  356-9782
sMail: P.O. Box 661, Damascus, VA 24236
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.
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
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 $12 million, 5-year
community development project. Potential impacts reviewed covered road construction,
bridge construction, swamp rice production, and social infrastructure such as schools,
clinics, and market places.
Feb., 2003, Mercy Corps/European Community, Guatemala
Scope of Work included participation on a proposal/new business development team as the
economic development specialist. The work focused on land titling and economic
development, with conflict resolution as a cross-cutting theme . Specific responsibilities
included the program design, implementation, and selection of potential partner agencies.
Nov., 2002, Mercy Corps/USAID, Croatia
Scope of Work included participation on a mid-term evaluation team as the economic
development specialist. The Economic and Community Revitalization Activity program
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(ECRA) is a US$ 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
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
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
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
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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),
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
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.
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
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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 $5 million
Southwest Virginia community development finance institution and the Ninth District
Development Fund providing business loans. Donor experience includes: SBA, CDFI
Treasury, Tobacco Indemnification Commission, DHCD, ARC, and USDA.
Special skills acquired from this position include: Sustainable operation of micro-financing,
US-based funding programs, knowledge of US low-income and poverty issues, small
business activities, the US distribution of credit.
July, 1997- May, 2000 Deputy Director Eastern & Southern Africa,
EnterpriseWorks Worldwide,(formerly Appropriate Technology International) Harare,
Responsibilities of the deputy director position involved the management of rural enterprise
development grants averaging US$ 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,
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
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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,
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.,
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.
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
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
Registered in CGAP database
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
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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
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
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 &
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