The Savory Institute team is highly nurtured, challenged, balanced, and supported to create the future. We are inspired by the global impact of our work knowing that we are achieving our purpose through understanding, honesty, inclusion, and intelligent collaboration.
Founder & President
Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.
Co-Founder & Chief Curator
Jody has worked over the last 30 years to communicate the story of Holistic Management, initially as a free-lance writer and then as a collaborator with husband Allan Savory on books, articles and papers, including the basic text still in use today-Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore our Environment (Third Edition, 2017). As Chief Curator she ensures that the content of Savory publications and curriculum stays true to Holistic Management principles, even as it expands to incorporate new countries, cultures, and contexts.
CEO & Co-Founder
Manager of Operations & Accounting
A native of Colorado with a passion for adventure and the outdoors, David brings a successful track record of organizational and financial management to the Savory Institute as the Manager of Operations and Accounting.
David grew up in the open spaces of northern Colorado and fell in love with the outdoors during countless road trips, hikes, and fishing/hunting outings with his family. Prior to his work at the Savory Institute, David studied finance at the University of Colorado and contributed to several successful ventures, from a Colorado based sports non-profit to a multi-national digital startup.
Director of Development & Communications
As Director of Development and Communications for the Savory Institute, Bobby works to create holistic solutions that accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture amongst land managers, business, and consumers. A Biological Resources Engineer by training and community builder through experience, Bobby manages grant-writing, online giving strategy, donor relationships, and overall communications that support Savory Institute’s global efforts to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management.
Chief Commercial Officer of Land to Market
Chris Kerston ranched full time for nearly 15 yrs before joining the Savory Institute. With a longstanding passion for regenerative agricultural and better food distribution systems, Chris has dedicated his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create synergistic value for both sides. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes media in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.
Chief Operating Officer of Land to Market
David Rizzo’s career has evolved from its genesis in IT consulting and small business development to include operations, brand-building, and transformative leadership for internationally-recognized organizations with sustainable, earth-conscious values. Throughout his career in business and technology, one thing has remained at the core of his endeavors – a passion for respecting and protecting the great outdoors. That commitment forms the foundation for his role as Chief Operating Officer of the Savory Institute’s Land to Market Program.
Senior Program Director
Byron is the Senior Program Director for the Savory Institute. His role involves providing training in Holistic Management for the worldwide network of Savory Institute Hubs and Accredited Professionals. He also provides farm and ranch management consulting for Savory Institute. Byron is a Savory Institute Master Field Professional.
Byron is the founder and managing member of a private consulting firm providing facilitation and training in whole farm planning using Holistic Management™ decision-making, financial planning, ecosystem processes management, planned grazing, ecological monitoring, land planning, policy analysis and development processes, and low stress animal handling in agricultural, natural resource, business, family, and community settings.
Chief Finance Officer
Jim is an entrepreneur and finance professional whose career has included senior management positions within start-ups, spin-offs and the national governing body for the fastest growing team sport in America. Consistent creativity and problem solving has allowed Jim to be a major contributor to the rapid growth of each of his prior organizations. Before joining Savory, Jim was CFO and Interim CEO of USA Rugby. During his time at USA Rugby, Jim directed all finance and accounting aspects of the organization during a period of record growth. Prior to USA Rugby, Jim was Founder and President of a company working with commercial fleets to help them reduce their overall emissions impact by finding creative ways to switch their on-highway and off-highway vehicles to alternative fuels.
Virtual Producer & Executive Assistant
A Boulder native, Paige brings more than 25 years in virtual production, events management, executive administration, sustainability leadership, sales & marketing, and human resources. A passionate professional and “Jill of all trades,” she’s garnered awards for her dedication and experience. Previously, Paige worked in corporate finance, where she founded and managed an award-winning team for sustainability, wellness and philanthropic efforts. Her team helped encourage sustainable practices at work and at home, promoting healthy activity through good eating and exercise and provided philanthropic opportunities.
Regional Representative - South America
Felipe Urioste serves as the Regional representative for the global network of the Savory Institute for Latin America. He is also the funder and one of the directors of Pampa Oriental, the Uruguayan Hub for the Savory Network. Felipe, born in Montevideo, Uruguay, obtained his degree as an Agronomist at Fagro, Universidad de la Republica. As Regional Representative in Latin America for the global network, Felipe assesses needs and opportunities for the Hubs in the region and those they serve, as well as business development of the regional Savory Global Network, EOV and Land to Market