WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GrainPro Inc., whose vision is a healthy planet without hunger and poverty, announced today the appointment of two dynamic, global leaders - Suma Reddy and C.D. Glin - to its Board of Directors.
“Both Suma and C.D. bring an energy and excitement to our Board with their tech-savvy, results-driven, deep-field experience in addressing our most challenging social and environmental issues,” said Jordan Dey, CEO of GrainPro. "We look forward to building the future of GrainPro with their insight and guidance."
GrainPro is a profitable, high-growth, mission-driven global company passionate about making a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers and their families through simple, farmer-friendly solutions.
Reddy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Future Acres, an agricultural robotics company whose mission is to help carry farms into a sustainable future. She also founded and served as COO of Farmshelf and is currently an advisory board member of Scale for ClimateTech and on the teaching faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Earlier in her career, Reddy was on the management team of SKS Finance, which provides loans and insurance products to unbanked women in India, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. Reddy also received the White House Champions of Change Award for her work in LGBTQ advocacy.
She is a graduate of The Wharton School (MBA), Flatiron School (iOS), General Assembly (UX Design), and University of Rochester (BA).
“Arguably—or perhaps inarguably—the most important profession that exists is growing food to sustain humanity,” said Reddy. “It feels like such a blessing to serve as a director because GrainPro is working with smallholder farmers. It’s all part of this larger ecosystem and the infrastructure challenges that need to be tackled. I'm incredibly honored, grateful, and excited to be part of this community.”
Glin is currently the Vice President, Global Head of Philanthropy for the PepsiCo Foundation where he drives progress to a more sustainable food system and leads the foundation's global engagement around nutrition, water and economic resilience. C.D. was also President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, he led YieldWise, a $130 million effort to improve incomes and create jobs for smallholder farmers by reducing post-harvest crop loss and promoting sustainable sourcing in agriculture value chains.
"GrainPro is focusing on reducing post-harvest losses for small farmers globally," said Glin. "There is no mission closer to my heart than working toward eliminating hunger."
Glin earned a BA from Howard University in Washington, DC; a Master's Certificate in Business Management from Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA; and a Master's level diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford in the UK.
In addition to Reddy and Glin, the GrainPro Board of Directors includes Chairman Chris Goldthwait, Linda Habgood, Arlene Mitchell, Renee Vassilos and Jim Sherblom. The new appointments took effect November 16.
GrainPro manufactures post-harvest management systems suitable for organic, chemical-free storage, solar-drying, and transporting of dry agricultural commodities worldwide. GrainPro’s patented air-tight technology ensures that valuable commodities are handled in a moisture-protected, insect-free, and mold-free environment and can maintain quality, taste and nutritional value of dried food for years. GrainPro is committed to building a diverse and inclusive global team and driving sustainable growth through environmental stewardship and social impact.