Mark Sieffert – CV

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS


• 10+ years’ experience in volunteer management, communications, project management and fundraising.
• A track record of revenue growth, increased stakeholder involvement, and programmatic efficiency.
• Extensive cross-cultural relationship management and coalition-building experience.
• Superb verbal, written, technological and presentation skills.
• A passion for international development, ethnobotany, and urban and smallholder agriculture.

EDUCATION


UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN, Madison, Wisconsin
M.S. in Agroecology, August 2011. GPA: 3.86
Professional project: “Green Carts: Is Mobile Produce Vending an Answer for Madison’s Food Deserts?”
Selected coursework: Markets and Food Systems; Agroecosystems and Climate Change; African Agriculture and Economics; Ethnobotany; Cropping Systems of the Tropics; Globalization, Poverty and Development.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick, Maine
A.B. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, May 1998. GPA: 3.50

SELECT PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE


WINROCK INTERNATIONAL, Arlington, Virginia, Agricultural Proposal Consultant
Part of team developing proposal for USAID-Nepal Feed the Future food security and nutrition contract. Working to implement 
an agricultural technology speaker series in Indonesia.

NELSON INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, Weining, Guizhou, China, Honorary Fellow
INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION (ICF), Volunteer Intern
Inaugurated a partnership among the Nelson Institute, ICF, and the CaoHai Nature Reserve in Guizhou, China. – Fall and Winter 2011

Project Management
• Revitalized and expanded a pioneering environmental science curriculum development project.
• Documented the area’s innovative community trust fund/microfinance programs.
• Developed a project and region resource guide for future American researchers.
• Built relationships between the reserve and the university to allow future students and faculty to participate in educational, biodiversity monitoring, and community development projects at CaoHai.
• Assisted area farmers’ association in planning a proposal to the UN Global Env. Facility’s Small Grants Program.
• Volunteer English teacher at two high schools in Weining.


FARLEY CENTER, Verona, Wisconsin Volunteer Green Cart Project Manager – Spring 2011

Collaborated on a feasibility study of effort to create living wage opportunities by selling produce in low-income areas of Madison. Project report delivered strategies for enhanced profitability and community involvement.

Business Planning/Feasibility Study

• Conducted market analysis that indicated that profitability was unlikely at a living wage.
• Analyzed various cart ownership structures to determine optimal arrangement for local retail conditions.
• Consulted on cart design construction process resulting in working prototype.
• Researched regulations and conferred with city employees to ensure regulatory approval.

Stakeholder Involvement
• Fostered relationships with community leaders to expand local interest and identify cart locations and operators. Project partners included several local community centers and two neighborhood associations.


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, CENTER FOR INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS (CIAS), Madison, Wisconsin, Driftless Region Food and Farm Project Assistant – 2009 – 2011

Led a diverse working group to enhance and expand the local food system in the four-state Driftless Region.

Communications
• Presented and facilitated network building sessions at several Midwest food and agriculture conferences.
• Maintained a blog to publicize project’s efforts. Blog referenced by NY Times columnist Mark Bittman.
Stakeholder Involvement
• Built coalition of over 300 individuals in a wealth of disciplines including producers and planners and activists.
• Designed and facilitated quarterly coalition meetings to help group identify objectives and act cooperatively.
• Stimulated cooperative efforts on regional branding, artisanal cheesemaking, farm-to-institution logistics, and scaling up production, aggregation, and distribution.


EAGLE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY GARDENS, Madison, Wisconsin, Garden Committee Co-Chair – Winter and Spring 2011
Led Madison’s largest community garden with three employees and gardeners speaking over 30 languages.

Executive and Project Management
• Streamlined committee management leading to greater volunteerism and simplified leadership transitions.
• Oversaw design and installation of pioneering orchard/permaculture guild in collaboration with University landscape architect.

Fundraising
• Reformed fundraising processes resulting in thousands of dollars of new donations. Ensured that subsequent leaders had resources to continue annual fund solicitations.
• Secured gardens’ largest-ever individual charitable gift in April 2011.


WORLD COUNCIL OF CREDIT UNIONS (WOCCU), Madison, Wisconsin, Agricultural Economics Intern – Summer 2010
Researched and analyzed recent USAID and World Bank RFPs to identify emerging trends in international agricultural development projects. Report used by COO to direct business development initiatives.


DELBARTON SCHOOL, Morristown, New Jersey, Acting Director of the Delbarton Fund – 2008

Oversaw successful completion of $2 million annual fund. Despite downturn in economy, achieved all major goals. Enhanced online solicitation program through a combination of more focused solicitations and improved timing.


ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL, Brooklandville, Md., Assoc. Dir. of Development for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations – 2004 – 2008
Mentored alumni and annual fund staff members and coordinated training of several new employees. Helped guide planning process for silent phase of $25 million capital campaign.

Annual Fund
• Personally responsible for leading individual giving activities that raised over $1.2 million in 2006-07.
• Achieved 30% revenue growth over four years while reducing annual fund expenditures by 25%.
• Implemented major gifts model for solicitation of gifts above $1,000 to better track leadership donors and tailor their solicitations.
• Introduced online giving campaign that increased year-end giving and resulted in alumni participation growth from 36% to 44% in two years.

Stakeholder Involvement
• Managed volunteer efforts of 50-person annual fund committee including many of the school’s trustees.
• Conceived and recruited alumni volunteer group. Grew membership to over 200 alumni in two years.
• Created affinity groups and conducted events for school’s oldest alumni and the parents of graduates. In two years, several planned giving prospects emerged and annual giving increased from both segments.


PAUL’S PLACE, Baltimore, Maryland, Volunteer Development Committee Member – 2004 – 2007


CITY YEAR, Boston, Massachusetts, Individual Giving Coordinator – 2004


PIONEER INSTITUTE, Boston, Massachusetts, Development Coordinator
Assumed most duties of the Director of Development in December 2002. 2002-2003


DELBARTON SCHOOL, Morristown, New Jersey, Assistant for Alumni Relations and Development – 1999 – 2001
Team received CASE’s Circle of Excellence Award for both fundraising performance and improvement.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Highly proficient in Raiser’s Edge fundraising software and Microsoft Office. Proficient in various blog editing programs.

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