Technical Specialist, PRG
Norma Toussaint is a Technical Specialist with over 10 years of experience in providing project oversight for U.S. government-supported projects in both not-for-profit and for-profit global environments. Ms. Toussaint joined Counterpart International in 2016 and as Program Manager, where she leads the food security and agricultural portfolio, managing the USDA-funded McGovern Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition and the Local and Regional Procurement Aid program. Through an integrated approach to sustainable school feeding, the program’s goal is to improve food security, reduce the incidence of hunger, and improve literacy and primary education and thereby contribute to a more self-reliant, productive society.
Before joining Counterpart, Ms. Toussaint was a visiting lecturer at the University of Nouvelle Grand’Anse, in Jeremie, Haiti, where she taught a course on international organizations to agronomists. She sits on the Advisory Board Committee fof Fonds de Développement des activités socio-économiques (FONDASE), a Haitian micro finance institution which provides small loans to the most marginalized residents and businesses in Fondwa, Haiti. Since 2008, FONDASE has issued over 350 loans, ranging from $60-$150USD to Haitians who typically do not have access to traditional banks.
Ms. Toussaint was previously a board member of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), where she implemented ICS’ marketing and communication strategies for flagship campaigns including Caribbean American Heritage Month, World Oceans Day, and the annual Caribbean American Heritage Award gala. Since 2017, Ms. Toussaint has served as a volunteer Technical Committee Member of Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, reviewing grant proposals submitted by farmers, educators, researchers, nonprofits, and others who work with farmers.
Ms. Toussaint is a member of the Center for International Studies (CSIS) Accelerator Series Class of 2019, an executive training program on management and leadership. She has held previous positions at World Learning, Chemonics, and USAID Food for Peace.