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Keith Frausto

What I am working on:

What I am working on:
International development consultant

My Achievements

My Achievements:
Over 30 years' experience planning and implementing a wide range of development programs with economic, social and environmental impact in the United States, Africa and Asia. Expertise includes community and economic development programs, emergency relief operations, food security, resource conservation, transportation and housing programs. Master of Science degree in Community Development.

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Denver, CO 80212
Mobile: (303) 720-839-6094/ (303) 561-3332
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 Extensive experience guiding sizeable, global, cross-functional teams to implement a wide range of development programs with economic, social and environmental impact in the United States, Africa and Asia. Expertise includes community and economic development programs, rural development, emergency relief operations, food security, resource conservation, transportation and affordable housing programs. Skilled in strategic planning, organizational development, program design and implementation, administration, grant writing, and project/staff management. Master of Science degree in Community Development.
 Strategic Leadership and Management: Multi-sector program design, operations set-up including staff recruitment, administration and logistics; human resource management, grant writing, financial management, establishing project monitoring and evaluation guidelines and impact measures.
 Community Development: Designing community-driven development strategies, collaborating with local government, organizing/training community groups, conducting surveys, conflict management, needs assessments, creating neighborhood and community plans, developing affordable housing, food aid strategies, coordinating and building capacity of local nonprofits.
 Economic Development and Marketing: Developing market-driven strategies in environmental sustainability, livelihoods, agriculture, and water. Market systems/value chain analysis. Designed and launched microenterprise/entrepreneurship programs, analyzed and developed supply chains, and product commercialization.
 Capacity Building: Providing training, organizational development and strategic planning to a range of entities including governmental organizations, nonprofits, citizen groups and private sector entities to improve performance and quality of life.


Local Governance Service Delivery Project (LGSDP), Juba, South Sudan. October 2017 – Present
Consultant - Government of South Sudan
• Led the Community Engagement component of a $56 million World Bank project. Supervised four non-governmental organizations to implement community-driven development activities designed to increase citizen participation, build local leadership, and reduce conflict. Developed sustainability strategies, operations & maintenance guidelines, beneficiary assessments, and process improvements. Project results included establishing 355 community groups in 80 communities and completing the construction of 162 schools, clinics, water supply systems, roads and markets throughout South Sudan. LGSDP Video

Global Community Innovations, Denver, CO February 2017 – October 2017
• Developed strategic analysis, business development, monitoring and evaluation, to promote the uptake of the “OrganiCasa” organic greenhouses for improving food production and dietary diversity among small-scale farm families in Nicaragua. Expanded greenhouses to eighteen communities. OrganiCasa Video

Namlo International, Lakewood, CO September 2013 – February 2017
Executive Director
• As Namlo’s first executive director, guided the organization to bring sustainable community development to remote areas of the world. Professionalized field programs by introducing strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation, and reporting. Designed and implemented programs in economic development, WASH, women’s empowerment, leadership development, capacity building, education and infrastructure improvement. Launched market-driven nutrition and income-generating programs in Nicaragua, and achieved economic self-sufficiency for women’s textiles and agriculture cooperatives in Nepal. Expanded revenue streams and increased revenues by 70% within three years. Organized response to 2015 earthquake by delivering emergency supplies to thousands of families in hardest hit areas.

Center for Resource Conservation, Boulder, CO November 2009 – December 2012
Executive Director
• Directed $2 million social enterprise providing water, waste and energy services to enable over 30,000 customers and municipalities conserve resources and reach greenhouse reduction goals. Launched new entrepreneurial services including tool lending library, up-cycled woodworks products and water consultations. Doubled sales of water-saving products and opened new territories in 22 communities throughout Colorado’s Front Range.

Adams County Community Development, Westminster, CO December 2001 – February 2009
Community Development Administrator
• Managing a budget of $4 million and staff of 14, designed and implemented community development programs to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income residents. Program areas included developing neighborhood groups and leadership capacity, developing affordable housing strategies and programs, and managed food assistance and transportation programs. Created the first county-wide needs assessments, balanced housing plan, small business development program, food security assessments, and neighborhood outreach. Secured an additional $4.7 million for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Awarded “Anti-Hunger Champion” for 2006 from Colorado Anti-Hunger Network.

International Development Enterprises, Denver, CO January 1996 – September 2001
Vice President, Program Development - Director of Technology Development
• Led the development of agriculture and entrepreneurship programs in Africa and Asia. Established IDE’s first agricultural program in Africa (Zambia) by conducting a technology transfer of the treadle pump, with sales now surpassing 80,000 units. Developed marketing strategies and conducted market assessments in Egypt, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, and Nicaragua. Supervised programs in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Zambia. Spearheaded IDE’s first consulting activities with contracts secured from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank. Assessed farmer needs to identify high-impact technologies for international mass-marketing initiatives, including a ceramic water filter in Cambodia, where more than 100,000 units have been distributed to date, improving the quality of life for families.

International Rescue Committee, New York, NY March 1994 – April 1995
Director, Tanzania Programs
• Launched IRC’s emergency relief operations in Tanzania in response to rapid influx of 300,000 refugees from Rwanda. Planned and supervised all aspects of large-scale emergency health, AIDS prevention, sanitation and water supply projects (WASH). Rapidly established headquarters and five field offices along with logistics, administration and management procedures. Secured funding of $7 million from UNCHR, USAID and others. Recruited, oriented and supervised all senior managers, technical and support staff, including 45 expatriates and more than 200 national staff.

International Rescue Committee, New York, NY May 1992 – February 1994
Director, Horn of Africa Programs, Kenya
• Led the rapid expansion of IRC’s field operations and funding base in Kenya, Somalia and south Sudan. Negotiated $12 million budget from the United Nations (UNHCR), European Community, USAID, OFDA and others. Expanded project activities to include monetization, agriculture, food security, microenterprise, public health, sanitation and rural water supply (WASH). As Deputy Director, planned and implemented all organizational development activities, including creating new administrative, management and security procedures to support the increase in field activities. Managed 40 expatriates and 200 nationals.

United Nations Development Programme, New York, NY September 1991 – February 1992
• Assigned to the UN’s Gulf Task Force and Regional Bureau for Arab States, coordinated teams of consultants to measure the impact of the Gulf War on countries in the Arab region. Interpreted findings and prepared project abstracts for submission to the General Assembly and international donor community for funding purposes.

United Nations World Food Programme, Khartoum, Sudan December 1989 – November 1990
Consultant, Logistics Monitor
• Designed and implemented WFP’s information systems for use under Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) and other WFP emergency relief programs. Coordinated with the Government of Sudan and non-governmental organizations to collect and manage logistical data, early warning indicators, agricultural production and security information. Produced weekly emergency situation report for WFP headquarters, detailing the status of conditions and relief operations in the Sudan.

United Nations Development Programme, Khartoum, Sudan June 1988 – December 1989
UNV Programme Officer
• Coordinated the United Nations Volunteer Programme in Sudan. Within one year, more than doubled the number of volunteers serving in Sudan. Improved logistical and administrative support for volunteers in the field, many in remote, hardship areas. Organized and conducted UNV Sudan’s first all-volunteer conference.

United States Peace Corps, Swaziland, Africa March 1980 – August 1982
Rural Education Coordinator
• Developed adult education and rural development projects. Conducted needs assessments with community groups, government ministries and traditional leaders, to plan, finance, and implement sustainable rural development projects and entrepreneurship activities. Led the establishment of three community gardens, irrigation and potable water systems. Supervised staff of ten instructors. Built capacity, developed management and financial tools to make the program entirely community-based and locally controlled.

Additional Experience:

Missouri Cultural Heritage Centre, University of Missouri, Columbia
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Coordinator
• Coordinated the University of Missouri’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, promoting Missouri’s traditional arts through historical research, public education, and artistic apprenticeships.

Prevention Resource Center, Columbia, MO
Program Coordinator
• Directed PRC’s efforts in providing substance abuse prevention programs to schools and communities in central Missouri. Duties included program development, conducting community and school-based needs assessments, and surveying program activities and impact.

Community Development Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Research Assistant
• Developed research strategies and methods to quantify activities and impact of the state Community Development Extension service.


Master of Community Development
University of Missouri- Columbia, MO

Bachelor of Arts
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

• Leadership Training, Mestiza International 2002
• Animal Traction Intern Program, Howell Living Historical Farm, Titusville, New Jersey 1991
• Intensive Spanish Study, Academia de Español, Antigua, Guatemala. 1991
• School/Community Team Approach Training, Missouri Department of Secondary Education 1987
• U.S. Peace Corps Training: Intensive training in community organization, language, cross-cultural issues and appropriate technologies. Additional in-service training included Water Technologies Workshop, Health/Sanitation Workshop and Adult Education Workshop.
• HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program 2008
• Economic Development, Lending Strategies. Neighborworks Training Institute 2008
• Metro North Leadership Diploma, Metro North Chamber of Commerce 2007
• Incident Command System Level 200, Office of Emergency Management, Adams County 2005
• Results Oriented Management (ROMA) Certificate 2002

• Innovation Quotient (IQ) Award, Boulder County Business Report 2016
• Adams County Community & Economic Opportunity – Director’s Award 2008
• Adams County Community & Economic Opportunity – Director’s Award 2007
• “Anti-Hunger Champion” 2006 from Colorado Anti-Hunger Network

• Adams County Community Development NSP Substantial Amendment December 1, 2008 (NSP Amendment)
• Adams County Action Plan 2008
• Adams County Consolidated Plan 2005-2009
• Adams County Office of Community Development Business Plan 2004
• Adams County Office of Community Development Annual Report 2004
• “Developing Irrigation Options for Small Farmers,” World Commission on Dams, Thematic Review, Cape Town, South Africa 2000. "Developing Irrigation Options for Small Farmers"
• “Small-Scale Irrigation for Poor Farmers.” Scaling-Up Magazine, Pelum Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
• Proposals for the Socio-Economic and Environmental Recovery of the Countries Affected by the Gulf Crisis of 1990-91 UNDP, 1 November 1991

Languages: English (native), Spanish (basic) and SiSwati (basic)

Countries of Work Experience: USA, Swaziland, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia

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Community Engagement Specialist
Keith Frausto is a development professional with extensive experience in designing, implementing and managing development programs in the United States, Africa and Asia. With a lifelong commitment to quality of life issues, Keith’s diverse professional experience includes designing and managing community development, public health, agriculture, irrigation, food security, water, and micro-enterprise programs throughout the world. Keith began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern Africa and then served with the United Nations, World Food Programme, International Rescue Committee, International Development Enterprises, Center for Resource Conservation, Namlo International, and most recently with the Local Governance and Service Delivery Project in South Sudan, a project of the World Bank and Government of South Sudan.
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