Micaela Colley, Executive Director

Contact: micaela@seedalliance.org

In addition to being the Executive Director, Micaela Colley manages participatory plant breeding, research and education projects with farmers, university researchers and other seed professionals. She is chair of the biennial, national Organic Seed Growers Conference, and has authored several educational publications covering topics on organic seed production, on-farm crop improvement and variety trialing and teaches workshops on seed related topics. Micaela has eleven years of experience in the organic seed field including past experience in the organic seed industry.

 

 

John Navazio, OSA Senior Scientist and Washington State University Organic Seed Research & Extension Specialist
Contact: john@seedalliance.org

John Navazio, Ph.D. is the Senior Scientist for Organic Seed Alliance and Extension Organic Seed Specialist for Washington State University. John’s major duties with OSA include training farmers, university students and others in organic seed production and the fundamentals of participatory, on-farm plant breeding for organic systems. His breeding work includes increasing genetic breadth in a number of vegetable crops for their nutritional quality, flavor, texture, ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist cold and drought. John develops participatory breeding projects with farmers across North America to improve crop germplasm for regional seed independence.

 

 

Jared Zystro, California Research & Education Specialist
Contact: jared@seedalliance.org
Jared Zystro is OSA's California research and education specialist. He has a master’s degree in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Jared has worked in the organic seed industry for over 10 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA's regional development in California, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding at workshops, conferences and field days. Jared lives in the coastal town of Arcata, CA with his wife Lisa.


Zystro, J., N. de Leon, and W. Tracy. 2012. Analysis of Traits Related to Weed Competitiveness in Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.). Sustainability, 4:543-560.

 

Zyskowski, J.P. 2009. Genetics of Traits Relating to Weed Competitiveness in Sweet Corn (Zea mays L.). M.S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.


 

Kristina Hubbard, Advocacy & Communications Director

Contact: kristina@seedalliance.org

Kristina Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for OSA. She's worked for a decade as a researcher, writer, and organizer on projects involving agricultural biotechnology and antitrust issues in the seed industry. Hubbard leads OSA's efforts to promote policies that support the ongoing growth and success of organic seed systems. She's a contributing author to OSA's State of Organic Seed (2011) and sole author of the National Family Farm Coalition's Out of Hand: Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry (2009). A resident of Montana, Hubbard serves on the board of directors for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization and the Montana Department of Agriculture's Organic Commodity Advisory Council.

 

 

Cathleen McCluskey, Communications & Outreach Associate
Contact: cathleen@seedalliance.org
Cathleen McCluskey is the communications and outreach associate for OSA. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she studied Agricultural Systems Analysis, coordinated food sovereignty campaigns, and organized for federal-level public engagement regarding issues of market concentration in the agriculture sector. Cathleen supports all OSA communications, leads the organization’s design work, and coordinates the biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference. She lives in the San Juan Islands where she helps run the Orcas Island Seed Library and plays a mean clarinet with the community band.

 

 

Laurie McKenzie, Research & Education Assistant

Contact: laurie@seedalliance.org

Laurie McKenzie is research and education assistant for OSA. She holds a master’s degree in plant breeding and genetics from Oregon State University, where her research focused on breeding for organic systems. Laurie has over 10 years of experience in the organic farming and seed world, having spent considerable time doing both production and direct marketing. At OSA Laurie is involved in coordinating field work for breeding and variety trial projects, writing educational guides and materials, and co-teaching on-farm workshops. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington where she can often be found rowing out on the bay and frolicking on the beach with her dog.

 

 

Jennifer Turney, Financial Manager

Contact: jennifer@seedalliance.org

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