Project Schoolhouse has a hard working talented team in both Nicaragua and the US
Thomas Barker, or ‘Tab’ as he is commonly known, has led Project Schoolhouse since its inception in 2004 as it’s Executive Director and Founder. The ideology behind Project Schoolhouse’s approach to development comes from an Economics degree from Carleton College, further work in Argentina on a Fulbright Grant, followed by many years abroad traveling and studying. Always working to minimize outside impacts while leveraging local initiative and knowledge, Tab works to turn scarce resources into sustainable development projects.
Director of Development
David is Project Schoolhouse’s first Director of Development. He joins PSH after more than a decade working at Boston-based EcoLogic Development Fund, which supported community-based conservation and grassroots development in rural Central America and Mexico. Prior to that, he served as a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools. He has lived and worked in Guatemala and Colombia and moved in 2016 from Boston to Austin (he enjoys rhyming). He also earned a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and a certificate in Outdoor Leadership from Greenfield Community College in rural Massachusetts. While his greatest claim to fame is having swum around the island of Manhattan in under eight hours, his greatest joy is his Colombian-American family (wife, two kids, and two dogs) and playing with language, hacking around outdoors, running, or traveling together, more often than not to Latin America. His favorite word is chevere, and his favorite food is his mother-in-law’s amazing sancocho.