John Wachter

Research and Strategy Analyst

John grounds SIF’s strategic initiatives in research and data, providing information and insight to guide the Foundation’s work. 

Originally from Nine Mile Falls, Washington, John explores smart solutions to complex global development challenges. Prior to this role, he managed the Foundation’s financial tracking and reporting, along with other day-to-day operations. Before starting with SIF, John worked as the Logistics and Mapping Coordinator for an environmental policy think tank in Panamá, designing and implementing a metropolitan-wide recycling program.

John has lived across Southeast Asia and Central America, and he speaks Spanish. While living in Central America, John spent the majority of his time volunteering with NGOs ranging from community development projects to agroforestry operations. John has also published articles on regional development for a nonprofit organization based in Seattle.

John’s academic focus has been at the interface of economics and the environment, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Sustainable Development and a minor in Economics from Western Washington University. He has continued his education, receiving a certification in Data Analysis using Tableau through the University of Washington.

SIF attracts impassioned individuals and partners with devoted institutions to tackle the complex issues that will result in a just, peaceful, and prosperous Central America, a region which I am deeply connected to.

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