Hope Shand grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she learned Spanish as a child. She graduated from Duke University and holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in International Development. Hope worked for 30 years as an agricultural development senior policy analyst for ETC Group, an international civil society organization based in Ottawa, Canada. She has published widely on food and justice issues, as well as the social and economic impacts of new technologies on farming communities. She has served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Greenpeace International and the Norwegian Development Fund, among others. Previously, Hope served as a volunteer at Jubilee Partners helping Central American refugees obtain asylum in Canada. Today, Hope serves as a volunteer for El Futuro, a non-profit organization that provides mental health services to Latino families in North Carolina. Hope also serves on the board of directors of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.