ECHO welcomes new COO to help lead organization on new five-year strategic plan

ECHO, a leading player in sustainable agriculture and global food security, is pleased to announce Charles Mathews as its new Chief Operating Officer. Mathews comes to the non-profit organization with extensive experience managing global, multi-site international non-governmental organizations (INGOs).

Before arriving at ECHO, he spent 12 years at Samaritan’s Purse serving the Asia and Latin America regions. He values effective stewardship of human, financial, and capital resources through his skilled project management in complex environments.

“We are confident in and excited for the contributions Charles will bring to the ECHO team,” said ECHO CEO Abram Bicksler. “His experience in Asia and Latin America will be a huge benefit to the organization and our mission to provide hope against hunger around the globe.”

Mathews earned a master’s in public administration focusing on International Development from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, Communication and Leadership from the University of Kentucky.


ECHO provides hope against hunger around the globe through agricultural training and
resources. A Christian technical networking and resourcing organization, ECHO builds a network and serves that network by sharing validated contextualized agricultural options with technical excellence. ECHO’s goal is to serve its network members to advance food security and sustainable livelihoods. ECHO’s North American Regional Impact Center is located in Fort Myers, Fla. For more information about ECHO call 239-543-3246 or visit or