Christopher E. Goldthwait
Director since 2007

Currently working as a consultant, Mr. Goldthwait was U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 1999 to 2004. Prior to his ambassadorship, he was General Sales Manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Earlier, he held a number of positions in the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Goldthwait, who holds numerous awards, is a Cum Laude graduate of American University and holds a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.

J. Joseph Grandmaison
Director since 2009

Currently working as a strategic advisor in the field of international trade and finance, Mr. Grandmaison was appointed a member of the Board of Directors at the U.S. Export-Import Bank and previously served as Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. A resident of Rye, New Hampshire, Mr. Grandmaison was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Hampshire in 1990.


Philippe Villers
Director since 1995

Villers is the President and Founder of Families USA Foundation, and Founder of Computervision Corp., Automatix, Inc., and Cognition, Inc. He has served as President of GrainPro since June 1996. Mr. Villers is also on the board of directors of various foundations, for-profit and non-profit organizations including Families USA Foundation and United Villages.

Jordan Dey
Director since 2012

Mr. Jordan Dey, Vice President of Food Security, came to GrainPro after serving as the US Director for the UN World Food Program (WFP) where he led policy and government relations for the world’s largest humanitarian agency. During his seven-year career with WFP, Dey served on the front-lines of humanitarian crises across the globe, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Central America. Previously, Mr. Dey was an advisor to the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, where he helped strengthen international support for refugees and internally displaced persons. He received his Masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Arlene Mitchell
Director since 2014

Mitchell, a former Deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, has served in leadership roles during her distinguished career. Ms. Mitchell is currently the Executive Director of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, which works to ensure that children around the world have nutritious, locally-sourced meals at school. Ms. Mitchell worked in the Agricultural Development program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly six years, initially serving as Senior Program Officer and then as Deputy Director for Access and Markets from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining the foundation, Arlene served as an executive for 10 years at the World Food Programme, where she completed several assignments, including one as Chief of School Feeding.

Linda Habgood
Director since 2014

Ms. Habgood serves as Director at Delphos International. With more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Ms. Habgood has built a specialty in emerging market project and structured trade finance as a lender, developer and advisor. Ms. Habgood has arranged long-term, limited-recourse debt financing and raised equity for private infrastructure projects, utilizing multilateral and bilateral development banks in conjunction with commercial sources of funding. Since 1998, she has closed numerous transactions spanning a variety of industries and markets worldwide. Ms. Habgood was a Presidential Scholar at the College of William and Mary and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

James Sherblom
Director since 2017

Jim is a spiritual nonfiction author and active private investor. He was an international strategy consultant at Bain and Company from 1980 to 1983, Senior Vice President and CFO at Genzyme Corporation from 1984 to 1989, Chairman and CEO of TSI Corporation from 1989 to 1993, President of Seaflower Associates from 1983 to 2013, and Managing Partner of Seaflower ventures from 1986 to 2011. Jim received a BA in history from Yale in 1977, an MBA with highest honors from Harvard in 1980, a Masters of Divinity in 2004 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2013, both with highest honors from Andover Newton Theological School. He served as Senior Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Brookline, MA from 2004 to 2015.


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