As Development Associate, Michelle Sims coordinates resource mobilization for EcoAgriculture Partners, including grant management, proposal development, donor engagement, and fundraising strategy.

Michelle’s passion for sustainable agriculture, resource management and rural livelihoods developed during the time she spent living in a coffee-growing community in rural Guatemala. Prior to working with EcoAgriculture Partners, she worked for two years managing a sustainable livelihoods project with a small non-profit called Pueblo a Pueblo in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. The project aimed to strengthen the economic security of coffee farmers through income diversification by providing smallholder coffee farmers with the tools, training, and support needed for them to obtain a supplementary source of income through beekeeping and honey production.

Additionally, she has spent time working at various research institutes, including the International Food Policy Research Institute and the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations with an emphasis on Economic Development from the University of California, Davis.

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