Namati

Jaron Vogelsang

Director, Community Land Protection Program, Oakland, CA

Jaron Vogelsang is the Program Director for Namati’s Community Land Protection Program. He brings with him over eight years of experience in human rights program and strategy management, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Namati, Jaron served as the Program Officer for Natural Resource Rights at American Jewish World Service and managed a $1 million grants portfolio in Kenya, Uganda, and Liberia focused on land rights and accountability in the extractive sector.

Jaron began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in Kenya. He spent his two years of service supporting youth and women’s groups in a community whose land was threatened by a large-scale jatropha plantation.  Jaron then worked for Church World Service in Nairobi where he supported refugees in the resettlement process and managed a multinational field staff that worked in refugee camps in nine African countries.  Jaron holds a B.A. in Political Theory and African Studies from Michigan State University and will complete his M.S. in International Affairs at The New School in December 2014.

Publications:

  • Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide
    Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their customary claims and rights to land and natural resources… More »

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