Our Roots

the foundation of our work and the people Guiding and driving our programs and advocacies

Our Team

Our work is made possible through the commitment and dedication of our passionate, staff, board, and volunteers! We aim to disrupt the international development sector and collectively work to decolonize our processes and how we operate. We believe in local leadership and while we are two separate legal entities in the US and the Philippines, both with Boards, we also have a Joint Governing Board to ensure the voices of Philippines Leadership are at the core of our decision making, policies, and practices.

Sherry Manning

Founder and CEO

Hal Atienza 

Philippines Executive Director

Efrenlito Cabbigat

Philippines Program Manager

Sarah Mae Sabado

Marketing and Communications Manager

Harry Paulino

Cebu Seed Production Coordinator/Lead Technical Trainer

Elizabeth Martin

Benguet Field Coordinator

Anjanette Wilson

Development Coordinator

Lily Nierenberg

President, US Board of Directors

Bea Misa Crisostomo

President, Philippines Board of Directors

Padmapani Perez

At-Large Director (Recent Past President, Philippines Board of Directors

Jeffrey Sotero

Vice President, Philippines Board of Directors

Atty. Leilene Marie Carantes-Gallardo

Secretary, Philippines Board of Directors

Rambie Lim

Treasurer, Philippines Board of Directors

Sean Duncan

Treasurer, US Board of Directors

Stacy Armbruster

Member, US Board of Directors

Renée Fourie

Member, US Board of Directors

Susan Mathew

Member, US Board of Directors

Heather De Long

Member, Program Committee

Julie Mandolini-Trummel

Member, Program Committee

Lauren Howe

Member, Program Committee

Dr. Ernesto Amaranto

Special Advisor

Bill McDorman

Special Advisor, Cornville Seeds

Philippines Address

Baguio City

US Address

Located at
The Posner Center
for International Development

1031 33rd Street, Ste. 174
Denver, CO 80205

Our US offices are based in Denver, Colorado, which is the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho and 48 other Indigenous Tribes and Nations who call Colorado home. They are the original Stewards of this stolen land and it is because of their successes and continued hardships that we are able to engage in our collective work of restoring the indigenous practice of saving seeds.