BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 





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.






Raymond Offenheiser
Director since 1998

Mr. Offenheiser is the President of Oxfam America. Prior to joining Oxfam, he served as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh, and in the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Brazil and Colombia and worked for the Save the Children Federation in Mexico. Mr. Offenheiser earned his Masters Degree in Development Sociology with a minor in Agricultural Economics and International Agriculture from Cornell University and his Bachelors Degree from the University of Notre Dame.






August Schumacher
Director since 2001

Currently Executive Vice President at nonprofit Wholesome Wave, Mr. Schumacher served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001, overseeing the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. He previously served as Administrator of the FAS, and with the World Bank's agricultural lending group on agriculture sector policy adjustment, forestry and biodiversity protection in Central Europe, Belarus and Ukraine, in addition to farm projects in China, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. From 1985-1990, Mr. Schumacher served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Originally from a farming family in Lexington, MA, Mr. Schumacher holds a degree in economics from Harvard College, attended the London School of Economics, and was a research associate at Harvard Business School.






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.


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