Leaders in New Roles

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Omari Washington has been chosen by Hudson Valley Seed’s Board of Directors to serve as Interim Executive Director. He has served as Program Coordinator for the organization since the Fall of 2016. Omari replaces HVS’ founding Executive Director, Ava Bynum, who started the organization in 2012 working with an initial group of 56 young students at Sargent Elementary in Beacon, NY. Today, the organization provides garden-based food education for over 4,000 students at 9 schools in Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange counties.

With over a decade in leadership positions at environmental organizations in New York City and the Hudson Valley, Omari brings important experience to this position. He will focus on managing day-to-day operations of the organization, leading fundraising activities, serving as organizational spokesperson and maintaining strong relationships with school districts and community partners. In addition, Omari will lead the expansion of our program into Kingston this spring.

The board and staff of Hudson Valley Seed are pleased to have Omari take on this new role with the organization. Omari will serve as Interim Executive Director beginning on January 2nd, 2018. You can reach him at omari@hudsonvalleyseed.org. HVS is so grateful to our founding Executive Director, Ava Bynum, for supporting the entire Hudson Valley Seed team during this transition, and we wish her well as she transitions to exciting new endeavors!