Who We Are


Grow Further catalyzes social and technical innovation for a food secure world.


 

Who We Are


Grow Further catalyzes social and technical innovation for a food-secure world.



 

Who We Are


Grow Further catalyzes social and technical innovation for a food secure world.


 

Who We Are


Grow Further catalyzes social and technical innovation for a food secure world.



Grow Further engages farmers, scientists, and investors in participatory innovation for global food security and sustainable agriculture.



Grow Further engages farmers, scientists, and investors in participatory innovation for global food security and sustainable agriculture.



Fast Learners


It often takes city-dwellers until they have lots of gray hair to fully appreciate the importance of agriculture. Most of the organizations that fund agricultural research in the US today immediately saw the importance of public health and were slower learners with respect to agriculture.

At Grow Further, many of us are city-folk, but we see outside of the bubble and learn fast. We learn from the formal programs and from informally interacting with the farmers and developing country immigrants in the group. We don’t need 20 years to realize that innovation in agriculture is just as important as that in public health.




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Fast Learners


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It often takes city-dwellers until they have lots of gray hair to fully appreciate the importance of agriculture. Most of the organizations that fund agricultural research in the US today immediately saw the importance of public health and were slower learners with respect to agriculture.

At Grow Further, many of us are city-folk, but we see outside of the bubble and learn fast. We learn from the formal programs and from informally interacting with the farmers and developing country immigrants in the group. We don’t need 20 years to realize that innovation in agriculture is just as important as that in public health.



Our People



Our People


Peter Kelly

President and CEO

Prior to founding Grow Further, Peter was an assistant professor of economics at Renmin University in Beijing, where he taught and published on agriculture, international development, and the environment.  He currently serves on the boards of a number of other charitable, policy, and for-profit organizations in addition to his full-time work at Grow Further, including as vice chair of Carbon Washington.  He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley; holds a BS in International Agricultural Development, with distinctions in agricultural science, from UC Davis; and has completed Global Washington’s Global Leadership Forum.

Learn more about his personal journey and the inspiration that lead him to build Grow Further.


Elena Lamont

Board Secretary

Elena is a strategy, communications, and organizational development professional with extensive experience leading nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and governments through complex growth and change. Prior to Grow Further, she spent two decades with Casey Family Programs as a strategic and systems improvement adviser overseeing a national portfolio of programs and initiatives focused on human services systems integration, leadership and capacity building, community engagement, and culture change. Issues of equity and opportunity, and health and well-being for children, people and their communities are driving forces in her life and work. She holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, a Bachelor's in cultural anthropology, and a graduate certificate in social innovation, all from the University of Washington.


Robert Reid

Board Treasurer

Robert is a recently retired international development executive who currently serves as board member of ShelterboxUSA, a global disaster relief organization.  He previously served in a number of executive roles at United States Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, including Resident Country Director for Mongolia, and in management positions at Save the Children and Winrock International, where he increased grant funding by tens of millions of dollars.  He holds a Master in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan.


Ken Hunt 

Board Member

Ken has spent the last 25 years building, growing, and managing businesses, in Board, C-level, and EVP roles in industries including agriculture, biotechnology, nutrition, software, and consumer packaged goods for organizations ranging from 5 to 250 people while overseeing P&L’s with up to $210M in revenue.  Ken is currently the Principal and Founder of Fiber, Field, & Fork, a consultancy for companies in natural-fiber textiles, agriculture, and plant-based nutrition with corporate strategy, business development, marketing & sales, capital, and M & A needs. Ken holds a JD, an MBA, and a BA from Wake Forest University.


Donald Summers 

Management Consultant

Donald was involved in the development of our business plan and is continuing to provide incidental management consulting services to Grow Further, particularly around acquiring capital and talent.  He is the founder of Altruist Partners, a consulting firm for growth-oriented nonprofits and social enterprises, and was formerly Director of Development at the University of Washington.  He holds an Ed.M. in Leadership and Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in English from Middlebury College.


Christine Xu 

Communications and Marketing  Consultant

Christine advises on and assists with communications and marketing including our newsletter, website, and social media. She previously worked in international communications and policy between Washington, DC and Beijing at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a BA in International Studies and Chinese Studies from UC San Diego and a Masters in Corporate Responsibility from Escuela de Organización Industrial in Madrid.



Peter Kelly

President and CEO

Prior to founding Grow Further, Peter was an assistant professor of economics at Renmin University in Beijing, where he taught and published on agriculture, international development, and the environment.  He currently serves on the boards of five other charitable, policy, and for-profit organizations in addition to his full-time work at Grow Further, including as vice chair of Carbon Washington.  He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley; holds a BS in International Agricultural Development, with distinctions in agricultural science, from UC Davis; and has completed Global Washington’s Global Leadership Forum.

Learn more about his personal journey and the inspiration that lead him to build Grow Further.


Elena Lamont

Board Secretary

Elena is a strategy, communications, and organizational development professional with extensive experience leading nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and governments through complex growth and change. Prior to Grow Further, she spent two decades with Casey Family Programs as a strategic and systems improvement adviser overseeing a national portfolio of programs and initiatives focused on human services systems integration, leadership and capacity building, community engagement, and culture change. Issues of equity and opportunity, and health and well-being for children, people and their communities are driving forces in her life and work. She holds an MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, a Bachelor's in cultural anthropology, and a graduate certificate in social innovation, all from the University of Washington.


Amy Burton

Board Member

Amy is the founder and owner of A. Burton & Associates, LLC.  Her expertise is in executive and technical search, as well as developing scalable recruiting processes.   She works with executives and hiring managers to define and build teams that improve capacity and organizational capabilities in global health, life sciences, high tech, digital healthcare and healthcare industries.  Clients include Juno Therapeutics (acquired by Celgene), Universal Cells (acquired by Astellas), iStreamPlanet (subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting), Placed, Owl Insights, and Group Health among others.

Prior to starting her own firm, Amy led recruiting of the Global Health Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She worked with Dr. Tachi Yamada and members of his leadership team to build and recruit the Delivery program and expand the Discovery, Development, Advocacy and MNCRH teams.   She trained and managed the Global Health Program recruiting team, optimized processes and managed vendors. Amy holds an MBA from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.


Donald Summers 

Management Consultant

Donald was involved in the development of this plan and is continuing to provide incidental management consulting services to Grow Further, particularly around acquiring capital and talent.  He is the founder of Altruist Partners, a consulting firm for growth-oriented nonprofits and social enterprises, and was formerly Director of Development at the University of Washington.  He holds an Ed.M. in Leadership and Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in English from Middlebury College.




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By joining Grow Further, you can help make history.


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Want to Grow Further With Us?


By joining Grow Further, you can help make history.


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