UC Davis Humphrey Newsletter - Winter 2014

From the Directors

May 2014 be your best year yet!

UC Davis is now hosting its 23rd Humphrey cohort with 11 new Fellows who arrived last fall. To date the UC Davis Humphrey Program has hosted 227 Fellows from 89 countries since the first cohort arrived in1986. We are pleased to count you as a member of the UC Davis Humphrey family. From our current cohort and alumni to host families and valued collaborators, we have made many wonderful connections, affiliations, and friendships through the years. For that, we are especially thankful and hope to continue making and strengthening connections for many years to come. For the 2013-14 Humphrey year, we welcomed a new Assistant Director along with our new cohort. Nikki fills a position previously held by Gwynn Benner, who left to pursue other interests after three years with the program.

Nikki Grey RutamuMeet our new Assistant Director – Nikki Grey Rutamu

As a UC Davis alum with a Master’s degree in Public Health, a background in agriculture and project management along with in-depth international experience in Central America and Africa, she is a fantastic addition to our team. Nikki has been involved in agriculture  her entire life – from growing up around the family grape vineyard to serving as an agriculture volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps. Her direct  experience is with fruit and vegetable production, agro forestry and  permaculture, but she also has an understanding of a wider range topics from her past experience teaching high school agriculture courses. She has experience with micro businesses and cooperatives and is very familiar with the diverse challenges facing international businesses. An avid environmentalist, she has a personal passion for green building, waste reduction and renewable energy. Nikki can be reached via LinkedIn or by email at: ngreyrutamu@ucdavis.edu

As mentioned earlier, we’ve been so fortunate over the years to have such a wonderful network of Humphrey Fellows, host families, staff and other campus and community collaborators. This year, we especially want to thank Elisabeth Sherwin and the Board of the International House for hosting us onsite and providing many opportunities for the Fellows to learn and connect. Many thanks as well to our host families, who have done so much to welcome Fellows, assisting as they transition to life in Davis.


Mark Bell


Nikki Grey Rutamu

Assistant Director