Thomas Rogers is a consultant and citizen advocate focused on sustainable development, humanitarian assistance and disaster response and recovery. Retired in 2018, he worked on humanitarian assistance missions with the US Agency for International Development's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) from 2003. With OFDA, he served in Ethiopia, Thailand, Sudan, South Sudan, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Liberia, Iraq, Nigeria, Jordan, South Africa and the US. He also established the program of Habitat for Humanity International in Afghanistan and served as interim country director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Indonesia. He's also worked in the NGO and IO sectors in Cambodia, the Philippines, and Sudan.
As associate director of The Center for Respect of Life and Environment (CRLE) in Washington, DC from 1992 to 2000, Mr. Rogers also served as associate director of The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), national coordinator of the Earth Charter USA Campaign and national co-coordinator of the US Citizens Network for Sustainable Development (CitNet). He also served as private sector advisor on the official US delegations to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Mr. Rogers was actively involved in NGO activities at many major UN-sponsored global conferences including the Summit on Social Development, the 2nd UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), the Commission on Sustainable Development, and Rio+5. Mr. Rogers has co-authored numerous publications on refugee social adjustment and mental health, sustainable livelihoods and sustainable development.
Mr. Rogers received his received his BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and his MA in Psychology from the Graduate School of Human Behavior, US International University (Now, Alliant International University) in San Diego, California.
Mr. Rogers lives with his wife, Mariza, in the beautiful high desert of Bend, Oregon. He enjoys Tai Chi, music making, gardening, hiking, cooking and pottery. He is also a Disaster Action Team volunteer with the American Red Cross, Cascades Chapter.