(Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning with specialization in natural resource management; M.A., Urban and Regional Planning; B.A., International Development Studies)
Dr. Mark Freudenberger is a senior associate and the chief of party for the USAID’s Property Rights and Resource Governance project (PRRGP). Dr. Freudenberger is a specialist in resource tenure and property rights, ecoregional conservation and development planning, natural resource management in francophone countries, regional planning, decentralization and rural governance, community co-management of natural resources, and participatory rural appraisal. He brings to this position over 30 years of field experience in natural resource management in Sahelian West Africa and Madagascar. Dr. Freudenberger returns to the United States after 11 years of managing USAID ecoregional conservation and development programs in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. During this time, he designed and implemented a cyclone recovery program for USAID Madagascar. Previously, as a senior social scientist for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., he lead a population-environment program but also launched field studies on the social and ecological impacts of diamond mining in national parks of the Central African Republic. During 5 years at the Land Tenure Center of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Freudenberger pioneered the use of RRA/PRA tools to analyze the evolution of tenure institutions in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo. After these first 2 formative years, he implemented agricultural education programs for Catholic Relief Services in south central Burkina Faso. Freudenberger grew up as a child in the southern Katanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Freudenberger holds a Ph.D. in regional planning and natural resource management from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dissertation field research funded under a Fulbright Fellowship was carried out in the semi-arid regions of northern Senegal on the ecological and social history of the gum arabic tree crop economy. Dr. Freudenberger currently sits on the board of the PAMOJA non-governmental development organization and the BALANCED Advisory Committee for USAID population-environment fellowship programs. Freudenberger speaks fluently French with a working knowledge of Spanish.