David Ross is the latest member to TFG, joining in the fall of 2009 as Director of Special Projects and focusing primarily on the Africa region. Ross holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College, and since graduation he has worked for grassroots eco-campaigns in New York and California. He spent two years installing solar power systems in the San Francisco Bay Area, and volunteered with environmental NGO’S while cycling across Eastern Europe.
Ross’s interest in Africa was sparked as an undergraduate, when he investigated the negative biodiversity impacts of fuel-wood collection by villagers in the Amani Nature Reserve of Tanzania. In 2007 he returned to Tanzania as Project Manager with the German Technical Agency for Cooperation (GTZ) and its Program for Basic Energy & Conservation.He managed the construction of sixty “Rocket Barn” furnaces in the Tabora Region and helped establish the framework for a local “Rocket Stove” industry. Both technologies are designed to address the deforestation caused by the fuel-wood necessary to cure tobacco and to cook food.
Currently, Ross is with the Santa Barbara County Chapter of the American Red Cross as an emergency planner. Since 2008 he has worked as a logistics responder for two Santa Barbara wildfire operations, and as supervisor for bulk distribution of relief supplies in the aftermath of the American Samoa tsunami.
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