Bryan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with an MPP in Sustainable Development focusing on food security and agriculture. While pursuing his graduate degree, Bryan received recognition for his research that examined the correlative relationship between cash crop production and rising levels of food insecurity within developing countries. After completion of his Master’s, he served with the U.S Peace Corps as an Agriculture Extension Officer in Ghana. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Bryan designed and implemented a nutrition and agriculture program that reached more than 2,000 women. The project was designed to assist women with developing knowledge and skills to improve household nutrition through education and small home gardens. After two years of serving in a small community of northern Ghana, Bryan began working on a USAID funded pilot project called Resiliency In Northern Ghana (RING) as an Agriculture Technical Advisor. As a technical advisor, Bryan collaborated with local government officials to design and implement projects ranging from animal husbandry to improving crop yields of orange flesh sweet potatoes. His most notable project was a poultry rearing project that taught women how to rear poultry for egg production. The project assisted beneficiaries to learn animal husbandry techniques that directly resulted in increased food supplies and increased income of individual households.
First Year Placement
At Rise Against Hunger, Bryan is working with the Empowering Communities team to strengthen partner relationships and co-design food security projects. Through collaboration Bryan works to help build the capacity of local partners through M&E development, program design and project implementation. By working with partners to improve their skill sets in carrying out initiatives, project beneficiaries are better served and hunger within households is mitigated.