Leadership Team

Seed Programs International

Robyn Love

Robyn Love

President & CEO
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Robyn is an applied biologist and restoration ecologist with 15 years of experience leading and executing complex multi-stakeholder projects to protect and enhance our environment. Robyn understands the importance of agriculture in developing resilient  environmental systems that sustain humanity. Robyn has overall responsibility for SPI's Partnerships, Programs, and Projects. In her free time Robyn enjoys gardening, crafting, and hiking.

 

Georgia Beasley

Georgia Beasley

Programs and Partnerships Director
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As SPI’s Operations Director, Georgia brings a decade of project management, development, and field work experience to the administrative branch of SPI. Georgia has worked hands-on with grassroots organizations to develop and implement local strategies to local problems in East Africa and Latin America. Her particular focus has been the intersection between healthy food systems, economies and communities, and creating strategies to cultivate climate resilience through indigenous farming systems matched with modern, regenerative principles. She has a BA in Global Studies with a focus on International Development. Georgia has responsibility for Program Development, Donor Relations, and Day-to-Day Ops. In her free time, she likes to learn about tropical ecology, get her hands dirty in the garden, and catch waves on her surfboard.

 

Brian Love

Brian Love

Strategy and Operations Director
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Brian has over 20 years of experience in academia, philanthropy, and the private sector including previous stints at Land O’Lakes, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and CIMMYT. With a McGill Anthropology degree and a University of Alberta doctorate in Plant Sciences, Brian’s interests focus on the need for combining technical and social solutions to seed sector challenges. He discovered his passion for seeds and working with smallholder farmers while learning from highland farmers in Mexico and Panama. Brian is responsible for seed logistics and technical contributions to Partnerships, Programs, and Projects. In his free time Brian enjoys a good game of pick-up futbol as well as improvement projects around the house.

 

Team Work

Team Philosophy

How We Work Together
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At SPI was founded on the notion of enabling others to improve their local circumstances. As such, SPI's organizational structure and team philosophy is focused on enabling in-geography implementing partners to support and empower end-user beneficiaries. We have a small leadership team that is highly integrated with a high-level of cross-training and mutual responsibility. When you talk to one of us you can feel assured you are talking with all of us. Our leadership team mobilizes first-in-class expertise that resides in our supporting technical partner network to address the continually emerging and evolving needs of our implementing partners.

Keep it foucsed, keep it LEAN, keep it timely. This  is how SPI operates to ensure that every dollar we receive generates maximum benefit for families around the world who are using vegetable production as part of their approach to improve their livelihoods. 

 

Contact Us

Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
+1-828-337-8632

 

Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.