Felipe Roa-Clavijo has been a practitioner in local and regional development working as an advisor and consultant for local communities, governments and international cooperation agencies such as Save the Children and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. He has been an advisor and workshop facilitator in projects such as the participatory budgeting in Nariño, local community strategic planning process in Andean municipalities of southern Colombia, and the design of the food security public policy of Nariño.

Felipe was the local partner’s organization responsible of the national project “Democracy, Citizenship and Political Leadership” which was implemented in a joint effort with the United Nations Development Program. As part of this project he coordinated the implementation of political debates and leadership development workshops.

During the time he lived in Seattle, he collaborated in the Latino Program at Washington Cash, a Seattle based Non-profit organization that provides hands-on education, in-depth support, and access to capital needed to launch and grow successful small enterprises to low-income, women, and minority populations. He also worked as a research assistant in watershed conservation policies in Latin America at the Institute of Public Service of Seattle University.

Felipe holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University, United States and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from Javeriana University, Bogota. He has undertaken international courses in rural sustainable development at the Agrarian University of Havana in Cuba and a Media Policy course at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.