Grace Bradshaw was born and raised in Syracuse, NY where she developed a love of the outdoors early on. Growing up, she enjoyed running, skiing and horseback riding, passions that continue today. She graduated from Cornell University in May 2014 with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management. Grace’s interest in international development began through a service trip to El Salvador in high school and she carried that interest through college with a concentration in International Trade and Development. Grace is thrilled to spend her first year out of college working with the 2Seeds Network. She is thankful for the incredible opportunity to be immersed in a new culture and hopes to make an impact in Bungu during her time there.
Whitney is a native of Newbern, Tennessee, a rural farming town just north of Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014, with her studies focusing primarily on famine and international agricultural development. During her undergraduate career, Whitney spent time in Czech Republic and Israel, studying Eastern European and Middle Eastern politics, respectively. However, it was on a service-learning trip to Honduras in 2012 where she first became interested in issues surrounding food security. After experiencing the strong, youth-centered agricultural initiatives being undertaken in the community where she volunteered, Whitney was energized and inspired to learn more about farming and international development. She returned to the U.S. with a clear focus for her future and began pursuing a minor in agriculture, studying everything she could about food security and working at her university’s organic farm. She went on to intern for the Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. There she contributed research to the report The Role of GMOs for Food Security in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Whitney is excited about the opportunity to spend a year as a 2Seeds Project Coordinator for The Bungu Project. She is looking forward to forging deep, meaningful connections with the people in her village and is eager to work side-by-side with her partners, experiencing the challenges and triumphs that come with rural Tanzanian life.