Susan Leopold, PhD. is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, she has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Susan was a rare botanical book librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council and a co-founder of the Medicines from the Edge Convergence. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary.