Deputy Director for Capacity-Building and Livelihoods
Winfred began his position on January 22, 2018 where he coordinates socioeconomic monitoring (SEM) activities for the Micronesia Challenge and the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC). SEM provides insight into human wellbeing and is important to capture alongside biological indicators in order to ensure effective conservation that benefits communities throughout Micronesia.Winfred was born and raised on the island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. After he graduated from Pohnpei Island Central School, he proceeded to College of Micronesia – FSM (COM-FSM) where he successfully completed his course of studies and went on to enlist into the United States Army where he honorably served for 20 consecutive years. He completed his bachelor’s degree a few months after his military service and got his Masters in May of 2018. During his time in the military, Winfred served in numerous positions including Team leader, Squad leader, Instructor, Recruiter, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and operations senior staff member. He was assigned to different duty locations throughout the continental United States and overseas. His military education included Warriors Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, and Army Instructor and Trainer Course.Winfred’s civilian education includes Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from COM-FSM, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland-University College and a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Management and Sustainability from St. Edwards University. He is very passionate about serving his community and is a member of many local and internationally recognized non-profit organizations where he continues his support through volunteer work and other contributions.