Dr. Snook brings more than 30 years of experience in international development, local governance and decentralization; parliamentary advocacy and civil society strengthening; anti-corruption and rule of law; election administration; increasing municipal revenue and public finance management; and property rights and natural resource governance. For 23 years, he has managed long-term projects and led multi-cultural teams in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Philippines, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Snook began his international career in 1984 as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Gabon, and he subsequently supported a variety of development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As chief of party with IFES in Ghana from 1997 to 2001, Dr. Snook oversaw efforts to create more active citizen participation, legislative openness and transparent electoral processes. Following this assignment, Dr. Snook joined USAID South Africa as deputy director and, later, interim director of the Democracy and Governance portfolio. Dr. Snook served as Faisons Ensemble’s chief of party to Guinea from 2007 to 2009, where he directed a $23 million governance project with four field offices. Dr. Snook subsequently served as a democracy and governance sector senior associate for Tetra Tech for seven years. Most recently, Dr. Snook served as IFES’s country director to Zimbabwe from 2018 to 2019, managing four separate agreements with four different donors, including USAID and DFID.
Dr. Snook has a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota.