Friday, September 25, 2009

Welcome New WOO Team Members!!

Project WOO is proud to announce the arrival of two new team members, Trent Gordon and Bo Fox. Trent and Bo are surfers and humanitarians who have been searching for a way to combine their love of surfing and their passion for grass roots community development. When they became aware of the work that Project WOO has been doing for the past two years in Nicaragua, they approached WOO founders Nick Mucha and Adam Monaghan for some ideas about how they might get into the field of community development. After a few conversations it became clear that Trent, Bo, Nick and Adam all share a common vision, so the crew decided to combine forces.

As Project WOO seeks to weather the economic dry spell that the entire non-profit world is experiencing, as well as adjust to life without Adam on the ground in Nicaragua, Trent and Bo's arrival on the scene could not have happened at a better time. They each bring a unique set of skills to the table. Trent will support WOO by focusing on business development, marketing and fundraising in the US, while Bo will be moving down to Nicaragua in 2010 to support our local staff on the ground and continue to build cultural bridges between the surfing world and the developing world. Please find their biographies and pictures below:

Trent Gordon is Project WOO's new Director of Business Development. He graduated with a B.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Trent fell in love with Latin culture and people during a spur of the moment fly fishing trip to Chile. Since then he has spent over a year (on and off) exploring much of Central and South America as a traveler, English teacher, and surfer. After spending 3 years working in financial services in New York City, Trent now works for a boutique investment bank in his home town of Lake Tahoe, N.V. A skier, rock climber, and winemaker, Trent is focused on building financial support for Project WOO's work in Latin America.

Bo Fox is Program Manager for Project Wave of Optimism. He graduated with a B.A. in Global and International Studies, with an emphasis in Social and Political Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bo has studied, worked and traveled throughout Europe and Latin America since graduating from college. After four inspiring years implementing cross-cultural "experiential education" curriculum in Latin America, Bo has fine-tuned his focus and is now dedicated to facilitating grassroots community development in Latin American surfing destinations. A passionate traveler, off-beat musician, and avid surfer, Bo is committed to improving surfing's global impact through his work with Project WOO in Nicaragua in 2010.