Colby Pacheco

Deputy Director of Africa Programs

Colby Pacheco is the Deputy Director of Africa Programs at Freedom House. He has a decade of experience managing, designing, and providing technical assistance to rights and governance programs in complex and restricted environments, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Pacheco has collaborated with dozens of civil society organizations across the region, helping groups develop strategies and advance advocacy goals. He is particularly focused on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and shifting power dynamics. Previous to his global development work, Colby was an AmeriCorps volunteer, a research analyst, and a freelance journalist. He holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of International Affairs from UC San Diego.

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