Sam Bunker's long career with the Ford Foundation and
the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has led him to the
far corners of he world. Throughout his many years of service to the international
cooperative community, Bunker is credited with applying a consistent and reliable
wisdom, thoughtfulness and practicality to all of his work. In 1990, he retired
after 12 years as administrator of the NRECA'S International Programs Division.
During his tenure, the International Programs Division achieved a decade-long,
$40 million project to provide electricity to more than three million people in
Bangladesh, a $25 million Central American initiative for new and innovative approaches
to rural electrification, and creation of the NRECA International Foundation to
help the poor and needy gain electric service.
Bunkers commitment to the cooperative movement
and his sincere personal desire to help poor, rural populations was also reflected
in his exemplary leadership on the boards of several cooperative and international
development organizations. He served on the board of CARE as vice chairman, chairman
of the Cooperative Housing Foundation, secretary of CARE International, president
of the Philippine-American Foundation, and was a director of Volunteers in Overseas
Cooperative Assistance. Bunker brings to each of his official roles a sound, experienced,
and worldly perspective on the vital role of cooperatives in meeting the needs
of rural communities worldwide.