Promoting and supporting sustainable community development in rural Haiti

Our Staff

Michael Neumann - Executive Director

A great friend and ally of Partners in Progress for several years, Michael served first as a board member, later as a consultant, and most recently as Interim Associate Director with former Executive Director, Dr. Richard Gosser. He assumed the Executive Director role in early 2015. Mike brings over 12 years of non-profit management experience and 15 years of experience managing community-led, asset-based development and education programs. This work has focused on agriculture, environmental restoration, health education, supportive housing, and green building efforts, mainly in Native American and low-income communities in Minnesota and rural Haiti. Since 2011, Michael has coordinated PIP’s earth-block construction project (the EGD Project) and its agro-ecology (the KVK, or Konbit Vanyan Kapab) project, both in Deslandes, Haiti. Mike studied political science and psychology at the University of Houston, holds a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in Minneapolis, and is completing a master’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota.    

Becky Newlin - Administrative Assistant

Becky has a deep love for Haiti and its people. A retired teacher and an active member of the Pittsburgh Haiti Solidarity Committee, she hosted a Haitian woman studying at Duquesne University, traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2005, served on the Partners in Progress board, offered her skills as an English teacher at the St. Antoine School in Fondwa in 2006-2007, and now shares her talents and perspective as a member of PIP’s administrative team.