Vernon interviews Amy Coughenour Betancourt, COO of International Programs at the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International. Vernon and Amy discuss NCBA CLUSA as a whole, the International side of NCBA CLUSA, and the role her organization has played in helping local communities identify and achieve sustainable development.
Amy Coughenour Betancourt manages a $250 million international portfolio being implemented in 20 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America in the areas of food security and nutrition, natural resources management, resilience, youth livelihoods, and cooperative development, among others. She has successfully led and grown domestic and international development nongovernmental organizations for 25 years.
Prior to joining NCBA CLUSA, Coughenour served for nine years as the Deputy Director of the Pan American Development Foundation. She serves on the board of the Overseas Cooperative Development Council and the Executive Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance-Americas Region; and holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in German from Central College in Pella, Iowa.