Amy Coughenor Betancourt
June 19, 2018
Koya partnered with the Cadasta Foundation on their global search for a new CEO, an engagement led by Michelle Bonoan. Koya’s work with the Cadasta Foundation’s search committee resulted in the announcement of Amy Coughenour Betancourt as its new Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Amy will lead Cadasta’s next phase of strategic growth as the organization scales up its technology, services, partnerships, and impact.
Founded in 2015, Cadasta Foundation develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technologies to create accessible records of land, housing, and resource rights. Cadasta helps empower individuals, organizations, communities, and governments with the information they need to make data-driven decisions and put vulnerable communities and their needs on the map.
With over 28 years of experience, Amy is a results-oriented, mission-driven executive leader with a proven record of significantly growing organizations. Amy comes to Cadasta from the National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) where she served as the Chief Operating Officer of International Programs from 2011 to 2018. In this role, she oversaw a team of over 800 staff and a near tripling of the portfolio in 20 countries across Africa, Latin America, and Asia working in resilience, food security, and rural development.
Prior to her work at NCBA CLUSA, Amy worked as the Deputy Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation; the Deputy Director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Washington Director of the Center for Occupational Research and Development; and as the Vice President for North America for the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA). She currently serves on the board of Interaction, the premier alliance of International NGOs working in humanitarian assistance and development.
As the Division Administrator for the Division of Nephrology she oversaw all the financial, research, and administrative operations, including management of the renal practice, multiple dialysis units and kidney transplant unit, management of the ACGME Clinical Fellowship program and non-ACGME Kidney Transplant program and oversight of a robust research and gift portfolio. In her most recent role she served as the Manager of Business Operations for Human Resources and oversaw all financial and operations needs of a unit of over 180 employees.
She earned her Master’s in International Policy Studies from Middlebury College, and her Bachelor’s from Central College in Pella, IA.