Thom Gallemore comes to Phelps Stokes as a Field Coordinator for the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Program and is currently residing in Porto-Novo, Benin. As a Field Coordinator for Phelps Stokes, he is working to replicate the successes of the Songhai Center, a vocational training center located in Porto-Novo, Benin. To replicate these successes, he is helping to create the Songhai Entrepreneurship and Education Fellowship program (SELF) through the use of the Global Youth Innovation Network. The goal of SELF is to help develop a generation of entrepreneurs who embody and integrate the principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, technology, and agribusiness into a new management style. In order for this to happen, the youth must engaged actively throughout the process and apply the lessons of Songhai to the context of their own communities.
Prior to coming to Phelps Stokes, he served as the Public Relations and Operations Director for the Jatukik Providence Foundation where he oversaw sustainable development programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and aid efforts in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. A native of Fairfax, VA, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from American University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University.