VARD adds to staff with hiring of Paul Wendland
DRIGGS, IDAHO (April 3, 2014) – Valley Advocates for Responsible Development is pleased to announce that Paul Wendland has taken the reins as our Development Associate. By way of Moscow, Idaho, Paul brings to VARD more than 10 years of community development, management consulting, and fundraising experience. His previous experience includes working with land trusts, non-profit organizations and donors to design and manage sustainable community economic development programs and achieve conservation outcomes for the whole community.
Paul has served as a development finance consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, private financial institutions, foundations and foreign governments managing economic development programs across the world, including small business finance programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Paul’s nonprofit and volunteer experience also includes serving as board member of the Palouse Land Trust in Moscow, Idaho and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Paul is very excited to be joining the VARD family and in calling Teton Valley home. He is an active mountain biker, hunter and conservationist and looks forward to enjoying the quality of life and outstanding beauty of Teton Valley. “The work that VARD is doing in Teton Valley is so essential, both from an economic perspective and a lifestyle perspective. I’m very happy and lucky to be working with such a professional, dedicated and caring team….They really do put Teton Valley citizen’s interests first.”