Glenn R. Smucker is a cultural anthropologist who has specialized for the past 40 years in practical applications of anthropology to alleviating human problems. A leading specialist on Haiti, Smucker first came to live in Haiti as a child in 1960. He carried out dissertation fieldwork in a northern mountain peasant community in the mid-1970s. He subsequently published numerous articles, reports and books on a broad range of Haitian topics.
Smucker has directed major programs in reforestation and natural resource management. He served as director of the Pan American Development Foundation in Haiti, which included a large scale farm forestry project. He later led the USAID-funded Natural Resource Management Project in Rwanda, including protection of the mountain gorillas. He has consulted for a range of donors including USAID, the Inter-American Bank, the World Bank, also the Haitian Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, and J/PHRO, the philanthropic organization founded by Sean Penn.