Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano is a social scientist, specializing in the evaluation of gender studies, food security and food systems analysis. She has a Doctorate in Agriculture and Social Anthropology (PhD), and a Master of Science (MS) in Agricultural Extension both from Cornell University in New York, and an Agricultural Engineering degree from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has deep roots in participatory research, as well as incorporating a gender perspective into agriculture and environmental conservation efforts. She has served as the Gender Coordinator for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) projects in Latin America, also as the leader of the Participatory Research and Gender Analysis Program of the CGIAR at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia and has performed as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Organization for Agriculture (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada and the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) among development and research organizations. She is currently Adjunct Professor of the Center for Latin America Studies and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
In Memoriam: Edwin Naylor, (Honorary Member), was Groundswell’s first Board Chair in 2009, and was instrumental in shaping our founding bylaws and governance structure based on principles of international partnership. He passed away in 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ed brought over 50 years of organizational management experience and passion for social justice and community development to Groundswell. His experience includes over 16 years serving as President/CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Washington, DC (1987-1995) and Executive Director/CEO of Lutheran Social Ministry of the Southwest, Phoenix, AZ (1978-1987). In 1995 Mr. Naylor retired to found The Naylor Group with his wife Sarah Naylor, offering consultation services to non-profit organizations from 18 states in the U.S. He helped to found the Verde Food Council, a collaboration of four food banks in the Verde Valley of Arizona. We are grateful to Ed for helping to plant the seeds of Groundswell International.