Early Stage Investor & Advisor, San Francisco, CA
The Inside Scoop
What is your profession? What do you love most about your job?
Early stage investor and advisor. I love helping entrepreneurs make their vision a concrete reality – helping them work through strategic and operational challenges inherent to young ventures.
Why are you interested in cooking and food education?
Impact is a huge driver for me and is a focus of my investments. Sprout’s mission of transformational change and empowerment through food and chef’s training speaks directly to that impact and redefines Bay Area youth’s relationship with food.
What first made you interested in food?
Food is such a critical part of our human experience – defining our health, productivity, wellbeing, and connecting us socially. It’s also the ultimate blend of the mind and all of our senses.
What is the connection between the work you do professionally and the advising work you do for Sprouts?
I invest in and advise early stage companies on how to fundraise, meet the needs of their customers, sell their services, and scale their operations. I’ve been supporting Sprouts with similar needs ensuring it can continue to scale its tremendous efforts effectively and efficiently.
Why do you think the work that Sprouts is doing is important?
Food education provides youth with the independence to both better meet their own health and wellness goals, to help their family unit, to improve their own future financial and health well-being, as well as to build crucial social connections in sharing their own meals with others. But beyond education, empowering young adults to be self-sufficient and giving them a career path gives them a new lease on life, and helps our community as a whole.
Why is it important for kids to learn how to cook for themselves?
Understanding where their food comes from, how it’s made, instills creativity, work ethic, value, and a healthy mindset
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned from working with Sprouts?
How accessible food can really be in not only providing sustenance, but meaningful connections and transformative life experience
What was one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had as a Sprouts fan?
Seeing the fundraiser bring in so many that cared for the Sprouts cause and hearing the Sprouts’ chef stories.
Is there anything else that you would like Sprouts fans and foodies to know about you?
Sprouts is at the intersection of food, community, and impact, and I’m honored to be a part of it.