Gary W. Bricker, CFP

Prior to joining the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in 1976, Gary Bricker was a shelter consultant for the Cooperative Housing Foundation (Washington, D.C.) and la Société d’Etudes Africaines de Développement (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso). From 1979 to 1981 he served as housing advisor at USAID’s Regional Housing and Urban development Office in Tunis, Tunisia.  In Morocco (1981-1983), Mr. Bricker managed two energy projects: the Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables (Marrakesh) and the National Petroleum Company’s privatization program (Rabat).

In El Salvador, Central America as a member of the Housing Task Force from 1984-1986 he responded to the worst earthquake to hit the capital in 60 years developing emergency shelter solutions for the 330,000 victims.  From 1987-1989 he served as the Disaster Relief Officer in Somalia managing two fixed-wing aircraft, 21 vehicles, and a staff of 20 professionals coordinating with NGOs in response to a variety of disasters – natural and man-made.  From 1991-1996, Mr. Bricker served as the Senior Design Officer in USAID/Indonesia planning $70 million in new activities each year.

For seven years Mr. Bricker was in the private sector as a financial planner and developed a clientele of 140 families and small businesses.

Returning to public service Mr. Bricker was the USAID/Georgia Deputy Program Officer in charge of providing financial support to the Rose Revolution led by the youngest head of state in modern history.  Most recently Mr. Bricker provided a full range of financial support to the USAID/Zambia’s HIV/AIDS activities involving ten contractors and 2 grantees in close coordination with embassy staff.

Community service: President of the American School of Mogadishu, adjunct history professor at the Black Sea University (Tbilisi), development advisor to the School without Boundaries (Austin) charity, and member of the board of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City.

Mr. Bricker’s career focuses on the design and management of  economic development
activities – in particular, urban planning, development finance, and logistics in an
international setting.  He has been working with The Sickle Cell Cure Foundation, Inc.,
as a financial adviser since August of 2007 and became a Board Member and Director of Development in August of 2008.