Cheryl has been a leader in numerous business and nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest in those that bring others to Boston and the Commonwealth and in the vitality of the city. She is the CEO of the Boston Public Market, an indoor, year-round marketplace for locally sourced groceries, specialty agricultural products, and seasonal food from Massachusetts and New England.
Jesse is the Product Manager of Wayfair, an American e-commerce platform that sells home goods. Jesse is looking to network with likeminded individuals and learn more about what is happening in the food space to eventually start his own company. He has always had a keen interest in food and is constantly coming up with related business ideas. Jesse has a BS in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern California.
Nick is the founder of OpenCity.co, an online chat platform that is changing how restaurants and customers communicate by enabling customers to text message brick-and-mortar businesses.online. He is also the founder and CEO of BEELINE, a premier concierge service for Michelin Starred Restaurants and nightlife venues. Prior to his startup life, Nick spent five years working in strategic finance as a trusted intermediary to C-Suite execs.
Moemen is the Founder and CEO of International Bars Club, a startup that uses wholesome, unique ingredients from around the world to make nutritious and delicious protein bars. Moemen is passionate about spreading health awareness. A pharmacist and food-lover, he’s committed to leading a wholesome life and finding a harmonious balance between the body and the soul. Moemen is also a CPG Angel Investor.
Maureen is a Human Resource professional at Clover Food Lab, a cult-favorite restaurant chain with a mission is to address global warming by building a better food future. With 8 years+ experience in HR, she is an exceptional leader with a positive demeanor and proven ability to excel within a team environment. Maureen is the assistant coach for Wentworth Women's Rugby team.
Matt is the Accounting Manager at Clover Food Lab, a cult-favorite restaurant chain with a mission is to address global warming by building a better food future. Matt has spent his career working in finance and accounting for many of Boston's leading firms including State Street Bank, John Hancock Funds, and PTC. He holds a bachelor degree in Finance and Operations Management from the UMass Amherst
James is an executive, entrepreneur, and professor with a strong record of success leading organizations through startup, turnaround, and mature situations. He has extensive experience in the food industry, particularly related to seafood, and is currently the Director and a Member of the Board of the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council. James is also a Director and Partner at KRH/Culinary ARD and teaches at Johnson & Wales University.
Eric is the Co-Founder of Foodboro, an online resource hub for food and beverage startups and entrepreneurs; and a Partner at Streetlight Ventures, a platform that sparks neighborhood momentum through retail and light manufacturing curation. Eric is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Attic Ventures, which creates, invests, and develops digital businesses. He’s an Advisor at The Food Corridor.
Insa is the founder of Market 2day, a commerce and service platform that enables busy people to buy the local food that they love. Insa is combining her love of local food with experience in strategy and tech to grow the local food economy and bring customers to farmers markets and the markets to customers. She has 25 years+ experience in leading technology companies and professional services organizations.
Greg is an experienced food industry Professional. He consults with startups who need help advancing their companies in areas of co-packing, procurement, and sales. He is the Founder of Falafel Republic Mediterranean Foods, a plant-based line of power bowls and of Original Rangoon Company, which played a pivotal role in the development of the frozen appetizer category in Club Stores and Supermarket Chains..
Stephanie is the Test Kitchen Manager and the Office Manager and Assistant to Founder at ChopChop Family, a not-for-profit with the mission of inspiring and teaching families to cook and eat real food together. Stephanie is also a Freelance Culinary Instructor at the Boston Public Market. She holds at Graduate Culinary Certificate from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and was a Kitchen Intern at ATK.
Steven is the Head of Operations at coolgreens, a healthy lifestyle eatery committed to providing high quality, fresh dining experiences suitable for all lifestyles. He is a passionate, creative restaurant and F&B expert. Steven was the Manager of R&D at B.Good, which serves farm to table food that is sourced sustainably and cooked seasonally, and works to connect communities through food.
Sean is the Co-Founder of Harbinger, a creative marketing agency geared specifically towards creating flexible content for evolving food businesses, start ups, and mission driven companies. Sean’s creative background is based in photography, food styling, graphic design, and advertising. Prior to launching his company, he was the Associate Art Director for MERGE, an integrated marketing services firm in Boston.
Founder & Managing Partner of Fresh Source Capital
Lisa is the founder of Fresh Source Capital, a local investment firm focused on sustainable food and agriculture. Lisa is an innovative, market-oriented investor who is dedicated to creating investment solutions in the sustainable food and agriculture space. A member of Slow Money Boston, she is an active consultant and advisor to funds and individual investors looking to make a positive impact on the local food system.
Kevin is the Managing Partner of RodeoCPG, an action-based ecosystem that helps mission driven CPG brands grow more quickly and efficiently. Rodeo offers streamlined S&OP solutions that can take the place of a full-time internal team for emerging brands and act in support of that team for more established brands. He’s also the Founder of VeePG, which provides sales management and operations maintenance services.
Jackie is a Research Director for the City Food Research Group, an initiative that is dedicated to the study of urban provisioning, markets and street food vending in cities around the world. She holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Food Studies from New York University, where she has also taught classes on urban food systems, qualitative research methods, and food, culture and communication. Originally from Toronto, Jackie now lives in Greater Boston.
Founder & CEO of Beacon Blend
Danielle is the founder of Beacon Blend, a food startup that makes small batches of organic juices, smoothies, and chia waters designed to benefit your health. She is also a marketing strategist consultant who specializes in integrating brand, communications, and product design. Danielle has a passion for big ideas and storytelling. She’s an expert in developing strategic platforms and creative campaigns that translate to compelling visions and purposes.
Eileen is an experienced business leader who is passionate about mission-driven companies and organizations. She has 15 years of experience driving positive business results for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Prior to becoming a consultant, Eileen was the Senior Brand Manager of Heluva Good! and ice cream/frozen novelties at HP Hood, LLC. She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Account & Marketing Strategist at Nature & Nurture Creative
Elise is the Account and Marketing Strategist at Nature & Nurture Creative, a full-service branding agency for startups and SMEs that specializes in CPG, restaurant, and lifestyle brands. Prior to joining Nature & Nurture Creative, Elise was the Marketing Specialist at Bon Me. Elise holds a BS in Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship from Kogod School of Business at the American University.
Galen is a mission-driven entrepreneur who founded GreenChoice, a grocery shopping app that helps you make informed food choices based on your personal dietary needs, health goals, and values, without sacrificing your budget. Galen is also a speaker and guest lecturer at Brandeis University, his alma mater. He holds an MBA with a focus on sustainability from the Brandeis International Business School.
Greg is the Chief Operating Officer at Clover Food Lab. He is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working strategically with large groups in varying operational environments. Greg is skilled in strategic planning, data analytics, negotiation, budgeting, project planning and team building. Prior to joining Clover Food Lab, Greg was the Senior Director of Acquisition Operations at 7-Eleven.
Gustavo stands for building mission-driven organizations and businesses to contribute to the social and environment good. His 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and academic background in Business (BsC and SM) support his current business ventures. Gustavo believe in the power of conscious people seeking to make change and wants to support, and be part of, networks of outstanding human beings.
Jenn is the Founder and Creator of Little Pickins, a women-owned startup that creates nutritious, healthy, delicious, and ready-to-go bites, made of real and fresh ingredients for children. Jenn is a proud working mom, Physician Assistant, and certified natural foods chef. She’s always had an underlying passion for cooking and has known the importance of nutritious food from a young age.
Owner & CEO of Spritzal Cookie Company
Jody’s passion for Spritz cookies started when she was just a little girl. It was a Christmas tradition for the women in the family to gather in the kitchen under the watchful eye of her Nannie Greta to make cookies for family and friends over the holidays. Rooted deeply in family tradition, Spritzal Cookies still use Nannie Greta’s five wholesome ingredient recipe for delicious results you’d expect from a home baked cookie.
Jon is the Founder of Foraje, an online resource that provides information about all sorts of species and varieties of grown or produced goods. It’s like an open-air-market, but online. Jon’s mission is to bridge the gap between growers of produce of all sizes and people who are looking for said produce. Jon is a cultural anthropologists with wide interests ranging from sustainable agriculture to web development.
Jonathan is the Co-Founder & Product Manager of The Olive Fruit, which specializes in creating and importing Kiklos Greek EVOO, made from Koroneiki Olives - the “Queen of Olives”. He built this competitive start-up in the premium food sector by applying the entrepreneurial and analytical skills he acquired over a 12 years+ career in the field. Jonathan holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA with a focus on marketing and innovation from SDA Bocconi.
Ashley is a Site Manager at Instacart, the North American leader in grocery delivery and one of the fastest growing companies in e-commerce. She’s also the Founder of Health and Heritage. Ashley is experienced in food systems and policy, research, and data. She holds an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University and her background is in liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, integrative biology, and culinary arts.
Kara specializes in organizational development, program management, product development, user research, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research design, and behavioral economics. She’s a Behavioral Scientist, a Social Science Researcher, and the Executive Director at Ruminate, an innovation lab and think tank. She holds a BA in Political Science from Boston College and an MSc. in Economics from Suffolk University.