U.S. Accelerator Wisdom Keeper and Program Lead
Affiliations & Roles
Co-Founder, Alliance of Native Seedkeepers
Environmental Issues Committee Chair, Nottoway Indian Tribal Council
Chair, Virginia Council on Environmental Justice
Leader, Climate Reality Project
Steering Committee Member, Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
Public Fellow, University of Virginia
Elizabeth (Beth) Roach lives in Richmond, Virginia and is a co-founder of Alliance of Native Seedkeepers, an organization that was formed to keep ancestral seeds alive and to rebuild culture and food security in native communities. Beth has an extensive background in grants management, conservation, financial management, and organizing. She is also a storyteller for her tribe. Beth’s work with Alliance of Native Seedkeepers aligns with her rural and agricultural roots and enables her to contribute to the resilience that is desperately needed in her region, particularly with regard to native communities’ cultural and food security.
Beth’s current objectives with Alliance of Native Seedkeepers are to establish community gardens and education programs focused on native seed, foster seed stewards throughout the region, build a business of selling regionally-specific native seed, design and implement cooking demonstrations with native foods, and build soil and climate impact metrics.