Robert Nooter, IFDC senior development officer, has 30 years of experience in international economic development, public policy advocacy on international and domestic issues, organizational management and external relations. Prior to joining IFDC, Nooter operated Social Enterprise Management Services, LLC, a small international development consulting firm, representing clients with interests in expanding programs and U.S. government-funded projects supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and other donor agencies.
Before launching SEMS, LLC, Nooter held leadership positions in the International Development Division of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the nation’s leading food and agricultural services cooperatives. During his tenure with Land O’Lakes, he served as director of the Washington office, director of operations and country director in Lithuania and Tanzania. Nooter has extensive experience in government relations focusing on domestic and international agricultural policy and international development issues. During 10 years as director of government relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Nooter played a leading role in planning and executing the Farm Bureau’s government affairs strategies on both legislative and regulatory matters.
Nooter has lived internationally on four continents and conducted business in approximately 35 countries. He studied economics, humanities and international affairs at Columbia College, Columbia University in New York City and earned a B.S. in agricultural and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.