Philanthropiece is pleased to introduce our new Community Liaison for our Baja programs! Jordan landed in Laguna San Ignacio less than a week ago and is already hard at work fixing energy systems – the word in the community is that he is an electrical engineer. While I don’t remember that particular piece in his resume he does have an array of experiences that he brings to the position. Keep reading below to learn more about our newest Community Liaison, Jordan Bailey.
Jordan Bailey comes to Philanthropiece with experience working in community development both domestically and internationally. From 2005-2007, Jordan served in the Peace Corps in rural Ecuador. During that time, he managed 200 students, teaching subjects ranging from Environmental Education to English. In collaboration with these students, Jordan wrote a successful grant for a trash management project, which considerably cleaned up the image of the community.
In addition, while in Ecuador, Jordan created a sustainable local arts/crafts project that focused on fabrication of handmade jewelry and recycled paper that was sold to tourists who frequently visited the area. The money that was generated was used to acquire seedling bags for a community tree nursery (that Jordan helped to establish). Jordan also implemented a number of other programs during his time in the Peace Corps. These include: tutoring for environmentally friendly field trips, facilitation – through the Peace Corps Gender and Diversity program – of university sponsor identification for several high school girls, and a teen movie night.
Back from Latin America, Jordan continued his “giving back” ways by developing and conducting weekly English classes for Non-Native English speakers in his home town of Snowmass, CO. He also organized and completed a solo 1,000 Mile Bike Expedition from Aspen, CO to Banning, CA to raise money for Camp del Corazon, a non-profit organization designed to give children with heart conditions a week of summer educational camp.
As the Philanthropiece Community Liaison in Baja, Jordan will support our ongoing programs that focus on education, health, small-business loans, and environmental initiatives.