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Meet our new Executive Director: Alexandra Zamecnik

Native Seeds/SEARCH welcomed Alexandra Zamecnik as its new Executive Director February 8, 2021. Alexandra brings more than 15 years of leadership and management experience working on international development projects with extensive experience in Mexico and Central America.

"Alexandra’s experience working with diverse communities throughout Central and South America provides a valuable addition to the Native Seeds/SEARCH team. As the new Executive Director, I feel strongly that she will help guide the organization in a positive and inclusive direction that will benefit all of us who share a passion for seed saving and food security." said NS/S board member, Tudor Montague (Fort Quechan Tribe).

Alexandra has a strong background in conservation working nearly 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service and has focused on natural resources management throughout her career and education. She has successfully formed partnerships with multilateral organizations, federal and state governments, NGOs, local communities, and academia. It is this experience, along with her expertise in facilitation, that qualifies her to lead NS/S in a direction of growth; expanding seed access programs, building better relationships with the people whose seeds we steward, and helping to build a more inclusive and diverse culture. 

Alexandra said, “As someone whose family has deep roots, and lives, owns, and works on land in rural Argentina, I have seen changes in land ownership away from indigenous and traditional landowners resulting in the loss of traditional practices and culture. I am personally and professionally committed to preserving traditional and native cultures, practices, and foods.” 

As NS/S continues to expand capacity at the Conservation Center in Tucson and work with more partner growers, Alexandra will be leading a process to strengthen NS/S programs by building relationships and creating partnerships with local NGOs, southwest tribes, spanish speaking communities and stakeholders in Mexico. 

Alexandra holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and an M.A. focused in International Environment and Resource Policy from Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Alexandra has two young sons so she spends most of her time outside of work running after them.