Arthur Powers

8621 Wheeling Drive
Raleigh NC, 27615
919 901 7265

Forty-five years experience in business, international law, community organization, and international development provide me with a wide range of insights for planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating social and business programs.  I am currently available for part time and short term assignments, but will shortly be available for longer term assignments, including overseas.  

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  • J.D., Harvard Law School

  • Ph.D. University of New Hampshire – natural resources policy & sustainable rural development


  • Vice President & General Counsel – JPS Interoperability Solutions (formerly Raytheon JPS Communications) - high tech communications – since 2006

  • Consensus Building Institute – Mozambique – led team on study for World Bank CAO, evaluating IFC social/environmental metrics impact on the wheat milling industry;  Brazil - co-facilitated workshop for Petrobras, governmental agencies, and environmental NGO on resolving conflicts related to environment and development; worked with major Brazilian NGO to obtain CBI trainng grant from U.S. Government –2003–6 and 2009-10

  • General Counsel – Raytheon Brazil – member of leadership team implementing SIVAM – the Brazilian Government $1.3 billion environmental monitoring, air traffic control, and communications system for the Amazon Basin; also oversaw Raytheon’s Amazon Education Program – 1997-2006

  • Partner in Brazilian organic fruit farm – 1999-2001

  • Adjunct Professor, Springfield College – 1997

  • Director, USAID POMMAR program for at-risk youth, Northeastern Brazil (legal rights, vocational training, combatting sexual exploitation & trafficking) 1994-6

  • Director, Catholic Relief Services/Brazil (sustainable rural development, water resources, rural legal rights, AIDS, at-risk youth); re-opened Brazil office and grew programs from $200,000 t0 $3 million - 1992-4

  • Rural Development, Social Justice, Community Organization, & Pastoral Ministry for Catholic Church in Tocantins, Brazil (land rights, rural trade unions & productive associations, base community groups, community schools; member of diocesan and state-wide land commissions) 1985-92

  • International Lawyer (Baker & McKenzie and Bank of Boston) 1977-85

  • Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University Experimental College – “Community Organization in 3rd World Countries,”  1974-5

  • Peace Corps Volunteer/Brazil (community organizer) 1969-73

  • Advisor to NGOs, development programs, productive associations, and small businesses, including (among others): University of New Hampshire proposed environmental program with State of Tocantins, Brazil; Share-The-Blessings (water & education in Uganda); Green Wave Scientific (high tech); Estanhos Gregory Somers (hand-crafted Brazilian pewter); Dappled Things (grant writing); Viva Rio (grant writing & mediation training); State Courts of Rio de Janeiro (arranged funding for mediation training); Pontifical Univiersity of Rio de Janeiro Projecto Raizes community organization program; Marianas (women’s productive association in Rio de Janeiro); Intown Manchester (social impact analysis for farmers’ market); Institute of Human Ecology (Brazil), Coletivo Mulhere e Vida (Women’s Life Collective – Brazil).  


  • Trained community organizer with 11 years field experience

  • Trained mediator and negotiator

  • Experienced in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating social programs

  • Excellent Portuguese; good Spanish

  • Strong intercultural, international, and inter-personal skills

  • Award-winning writer