Jake spent the first 15 years of his life in Syracuse, New York. When he was a sophomore in high school he successfully convinced his parents to allow him to spend a year living in Antofagasta, Chile. To his mother’s regret, Jake continued to grasp every opportunity to embrace his love for Latin America, as a volunteer in Mexico, a medical translator in Honduras, and finally a researcher and Princeton in Latin America Fellow in Guatemala. It was in Guatemala, a country with the fifth highest malnutrition rate in the world, that Jake saw an opportunity to make a fundamental contribution to health in Latin America. Jake spent most of the next three years focused on a complex problem with a potentially simple solution. In Guatemala, corn comprises up to 70% of a person’s caloric intake, yet lacks basic nutritional value. At Semilla Nueva, Jake has worked to provide corn with enough nutrients to make a tortilla (the staple of every meal) the nutritional equivalent of a glass of milk. Instead of trying to change how Guatemalans live, how much they spend or what they traditionally eat, the corn seed that Jake produces makes farmers and their families healthier, period. Rising from coordinator to operations director at Semilla Nueva, Jake now oversees the seed production, marketing, sales, strategic partnerships, and impact evaluation departments; and the corn seed is projected to reach one million people in the next five years.