Seed Savers Exchange recently named Lee Buttala its next executive director, succeeding John Torgrimson.
Torgrimson announced in July 2016 that he would stepping down from his position, according to a press release. About 160 prospects were found throughout the country, but Buttlala was ultimately selected for the post.
“After an extensive interview process, the search committee unanimously selected Lee,” Rowan White, Seed Savers Exchange board chair, said in the release. “His vast experience in media and horticulture, deep passion for Seed Savers Exchange, immediate connection with staff, and clear vision for the organization's future made him the ideal choice to lead us to the next level, and we are thrilled to have him at the helm.”
Prior to his position at Seed Savers, he oversaw a plan for Bedrock Garden in New Hampshire. He also was the director of marketing communications for the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Massachusetts.
“I am looking forward to working with the Seed Savers Exchange staff and board, who are so clearly passionate about what they do,” Buttala said. “Seed Savers Exchange has done so much over the past 40 years to preserve heirloom seeds and communicate the importance of saving and sharing seeds. I believe the next step is engaging and connecting people with our mission even further — sharing what we have and what we know — and I am excited to be a part of that important work.”