Cadasta Foundation Welcomes New Chief Program Officer

by | Jan 11, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cadasta Foundation announces the addition of Rudo Kemper to its leadership team as Chief Program Officer. In this role, Kemper will lead the development and implementation of Cadasta’s program strategy to ensure that the organization’s technology and services are accessible, equitable, and impactful for communities living without recognized land rights. 

As a geographer and technologist, Kemper brings a wealth of experience in working with Indigenous communities and a broad network of partners to deploy digital tools and services that support land rights, access to land management, and community self-determination. 

“We are thrilled to have Rudo join our team,” said Cadasta CEO Amy Coughenour Betancourt. “Rudo is coming to Cadasta with the right skills at the right time to advance our mission of enabling communities to secure their land and resource rights worldwide, especially those of  Indigenous Peoples, women, smallholder farmers, and others facing deforestation, climate change, and land grabs.” 

Kemper added, “I am excited to join Cadasta and be part of an organization that has a proven record in making a difference in the lives of marginalized communities by empowering them with tools and training to protect their land rights and resources.” 

Prior to joining Cadasta, Kemper worked as Senior Programmatic Lead at Digital Democracy and as Manager of Mapping and Programs Support at the Amazon Conservation Team. He is multilingual and multicultural and has regional experience living and working in South America, East Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. Kemper serves on the board of directors of Native Land Digital, the open-source steward’s team of Terrastories; and the circle of advisors for the Seeds of Wisdom Foundation. He was also the inaugural president of the International Society for Participatory Mapping. He holds a graduate degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in International Administration from the University of Miami.

About Cadasta Foundation:

Founded in 2015, Cadasta Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information.

Since our founding, we have worked with 99 partners to document and strengthen the land rights of over 6.2 million people in 46 countries on 21.5 million hectares of land. By creating an accessible digital record of land, property, and resource rights, help empower individuals, communities, organizations, governments, and businesses with the information they need to make data-driven decisions and put vulnerable communities and their needs on the map.

For more information about Cadasta’s work, visit: https://cadasta.org/

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