Richard Choularton, director of agriculture and food security sector at Tetra Tech, details how he got into a career in food security. Photo by: Richard Coularton

As a highschooler, Richard Choularton volunteered for a disaster relief NGO in his hometown, loading medical supplies onto pallets in aircraft to be flown to the site of earthquakes and other rapid-onset disasters.  

When Choularton graduated from college, he decided to pursue a career in emergency relief. After discovering that most of the available positions were with the United Nations, and required both a master’s degree and fluency in multiple official U.N. languages, he enrolled in a master’s program in risk, crisis, and disaster management and moved to Cuba to learn Spanish.

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  • Teresa Welsh

    Teresa Welsh is a Senior Reporter at Devex. She has reported from more than 10 countries and is currently based in Washington, D.C. Her coverage focuses on Latin America; U.S. foreign assistance policy; fragile states; food systems and nutrition; and refugees and migration. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa worked at McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She was a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.