Organic Seed Alliance welcomed four new leaders to the Board of Directors in early 2022 after a call for candidates in 2021, part of broader organizational developments efforts at OSA.
Executive Director Cara Loriz enthusiastically welcomed the new directors: “We are grateful for the fresh perspectives, diverse expertise and commitment to mission these new board members bring to our organization.” She also lauded departing board members for prioritizing board development and for their years of service to OSA: Heron Breen, Brijette Peña, Adam Wagner, and retiring board president Sebastian Aguilar, who oversaw significant growth in the organization during his years of leadership.
The new board members are:
Angela Day of Snohomish, Washington, a retired farm business owner with experience in curriculum development, USDA grant reviewing, and local food system marketing.
Tessa Peters of Laramie, Wyoming, who led OSA’s economic tool kit development before joining The Land Institute as the Director of Crop Stewardship.
Benjamin Uchitelle-Pierce, Port Townsend, Washington, who works toward resilient community food systems by bridging gaps between agriculture, nutrition, and health at HarvestPlus.
Anjali Vats, JD, PhD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a scholar of issues related to race, law and intellectual property and an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
OSA is committed to ongoing recruitment of board members and advisors who add to the depth, expertise, and diversity of our leadership team. Please contact Board President Amy Grondin if you’d like to learn more.