Francisco Burgos works as Director of the Center for Community Initiatives at the Monteverde Institute in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Prior joining the Monteverde Institute he has worked as the Head of School at Monteverde Friends School. Francisco worked at the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States from 2007 to 2012. During this period, he worked on issues related to energy and climate change, public participation, social and environmental impact assessments, and financial opportunities for the deployment of renewable energy, with special focus on sustainable bioenergy development including support to the implementation of the US-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding for Biofuels Development.
Francisco worked as acting program director for the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore, and as program officer for Plan International in the Dominican Republic. In addition, he has worked as a teacher and trainer in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Guatemala. He was a key player in the Development of the National Mobil Library System of the Dominican Republic, served as facilitator for democracy and public participation processes, and is an active advocate for sustainable transportation, sustainable and cultural development.
Francisco holds a degree in clinical psychology from the National University Pedro Enríquez Ureña, a post-graduate diploma in social pedagogy from the Sevilla University and the Santo Domingo Technological Institute, and a M.A. in Sustainable Development at the SIT Graduate Institute. Also, he completed graduate training and courses in the areas of energy, management, philosophy, and theology. Currently, Francisco is a Doctor of Education candidate at La Salle University in San José, Costa Rica.
He is happily married and lives in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his wife and daughters. Francisco enjoys outdoor activities, biking, reading, writing, and the arts in general.