Plant With Purpose


Together, we equip farming families around the world by increasing farm yields, healing ecosystems in crisis, improving nutrition, and increasing household savings and opportunities. Our integrated approach solves two major issues facing the world today: environmental degradation and rural poverty.

Communities reverse deforestation

  • Participating communities add up to one percent vegetation cover every 7.9 years

Participant families grow more food

  • Sustainable agriculture techniques increase farm yields by 44 percent.

Participant families build savings

  • A typical participating family has savings for twice as many months as a nonparticipant family

Participant families act out their faith

  • Families in Plant With Purpose programs provide help to their neighbors 20 percent more often



 CHRISTI RENAUD — Marketing & Development Director


After 5 years as our Program Officer for East Africa, Christi Renaud shifted gears in 2015 to lead and scale up our development and marketing efforts. As Director of Development and Marketing, Christi is responsible for collaboratively setting and executing strategy for ensuring Plant With Purpose’s fundraising and marketing initiatives are best in class, continuously improving, and communicating impact.

Christi holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Business Communications from Calvin College. She has a diverse background in international development, marketing, fundraising, sustainability, and community development. Christi moved to San Diego to begin her career with Plant With Purpose in 2010, having formerly worked for International Justice Mission, the Millennium Village Project, and other organizations. She has lived and worked in Africa, India, and Central America.

PHILIPPE LAZARO — Creative Director & Marketing Specialist


Philippe Lazaro is a San Diego native who returned home to work for Plant With Purpose in April 2017. As the Marketing Specialist, Philippe connects supporters and advocates to Plant With Purpose by sharing stories of transformation. He collaborates with the development team to execute Plant With Purpose’s marketing campaigns and public relations efforts. Philippe believes that the outstanding and holistic work of Plant With Purpose should be known and recognized all over, and he is happy to have a role that combines his international and organizational interests.

Philippe completed a dual-Masters program in International Studies and Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon and holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara. Prior, he has spent time in South Africa, where he helped care for orphans and vulnerable children in Johannesburg, and previously worked in the American Heartland, where he served as a regional representative for Liberty in North Korea.

Outside of work, Philippe loves discovering good food, writing books, taking pictures, devouring podcasts, exploring the outdoors, and being with people, especially his family: his wife, Deanna and his puppy, Beignet.