Renée Vassilos is The Nature Conservancy’s Agriculture Innovation Director. She manages TNC’s investments in early-stage agriculture technology companies that will scale regenerative agriculture production practices.
Jared is OSA’s research and education assistant director. He has worked in the organic seed industry for over 15 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA.
Philip Kauth is the interim seed bank manager at Seed Savers Exchange a nonprofit whose mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting,
Jerry is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. He manages the Colorado State University Crop Testing Program and is an expert in Genotype x Environment interaction and applied statistics for crop improvement.
Julie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with extensive experience in participatory and organic plant breeding. She leads the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative in Wisconsin,
Jacob brings together insights and methods from social, environmental, and plant sciences, in the study of plant genetic resources and agricultural systems. He develops quantitative and geospatial methods to study crop diversity and environmental change.