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Charlie French is Master in Public Policy and Master in Community Development Policy and Practice faculty as well as a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. As a program team leader in community and economic development for UNH Cooperative Extension, Dr. French leads a team of Extension staff to provide individuals, businesses, and communities with training, educational resources, and technical assistance in the areas of business and economic development, civic engagement , leadership development, and community-based natural resources stewardship. From 1999-2001, he was an economic development educator for the University of Illinois Extension, and from 1995-1997 he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama, where he taught conservation principles and sustainable agriculture techniques to school-age youth and to subsistence farmers.
Charlie brings his applied experience into the classroom as a faculty member in Masters in Community Development Policy and Practice Program, where he teaches coursework in managing complex natural resource conflicts and challenges. Charlie received a BA in geography from Dartmouth College, an MA in geography and regional planning from Western Illinois University, and his doctorate in natural resources and earth systems sciences from the University of New Hampshire.