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Biography of President/CEO (David Erickson)
David Erickson was appointed ECHO's President/CEO in October 2015 after having served on the Executive Team of ECHO, Inc. for five years. Prior to becoming CEO, David led ECHO’s international engagement and strategic advancement as Chief Organizational Development Officer.
From 2005-2010 David served as Chief Operating Officer of World Hope International, a relief and development organization creating opportunities for economically poor and vulnerable women, men and children in 23 countries around the world. For 20 years, served as President & Co-Founder of Samaritan Inns, Inc. an award-winning community and faith based organization providing alternative treatment, housing and support services to formerly homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
In 2001, David was named an Ashoka Fellow for social innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1999, he was recognized by The Meyer Foundation as “one of the [Washington DC] regions most visionary nonprofit leaders for the 21st century.” Previously, Mr. Erickson launched the economic and demographic forecasting firm Woods & Poole Economics and served as Economic & Policy Analyst at the U.S. EPA.
He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Mr. Erickson is married to Jennifer (Woods) Erickson and they have two children and three grandchildren. David and Jennifer belong to Christ Community Church in Fort Myers.
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The ECHO Global Farm is a "living classroom" in which development workers, and others working overseas can see simple farming techniques and technologies demonstrated.This area is our "urban shanty town" very commonly found surrounding large cities in developing countries.
The Global Farm is also opened to visitors and guests by guided tour. Visitors see six representative climate settings demonstrating difficult situations found all over the world. Our Tropical Rain forest mimics a real rainforest giving visitors the change to see plants that would be suitable for this setting.
Every year, ECHO hosts 8 interns who are responsible for one area of the farm. They experience lots of hands-on learning as they struggle deciding which crops would grow best in their area, and doing their best to help the crops succeed. Many interns pursue careers in some sort of international development after their internship.
The Rope and Washer pump is an example of an Appropriate Technology that ECHO promotes. Simple machines like this are easy to build and maintain, even in a rural setting. Plans to build these technologies are sent via email or regular mail to a development worker free of charge.
The SRI Method is an example of ECHO's dedication to share "innovative options" with those working with the poor. The SRI method was not created at ECHO, but after ECHO experimented with the system we wrote an article about it in our quarterly agricultural bulletin, ECHO Development Notes. After only a few years of promoting SRI, the latest statistics recorded 60,000 farmers using SRI in Cambodia. That is the power of networking!
Perhaps the most difficult place in the world to grow food is in an urban setting where open land is non-existent! To combat urban hunger, ECHO suggests making above ground gardens out of recycled materials, such as the wading pool that you see here. Old tires and cement mixing trays are other examples of perfect gardening pots. We also use recycled materials inside the containers to lessen the weight. Cola cans, packing peanuts, old socks and fabrics are other materials that can be part of a successful (and lighter) container garden.