As Seattle International Foundation’s Philanthropy Research Fellow, Alfonso collects, organizes and analyzes data for SIF’s Central America Philanthropy Guide. Previously, Alfonso was a Socio-Economic Development Consultant for the Center of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center’s (CIMMYT) MasAgro program in Mexico, where he helped develop a model for innovation systems and innovation approaches. Prior to this position, Alfonso served in Guatemala as an Agricultural Education Coordinator, supporting a Feed the Future program through Peace Corps Response. He also worked for Chemonics International in Nicaragua, managing a Millennium Challenge Account Value Chains program, and in Afghanistan, cultivating partnerships with government ministries, mobile network operators and other stakeholders to support mobile money projects, implementation and services throughout Afghanistan.
Early in his career, Alfonso served as a Rural Economic Development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, and worked in Sydney, Australia for Lindt Chocolate in their marketing and promotions department. He received a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University, has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana, Brazil and Syria, and has interned with ACDI/VOCA in Washington D.C. and at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and International Development from Lewis University.
Alfonso speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani. He is a native of Chicago and has spent the last 12 years living, studying, traveling, working and volunteering in over 55 countries.