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Who We Are

We’re a group of people who are passionate about natural products, sustainable and responsible practices, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We’ve long admired the work of  Naturally Boulder, which provides its 1,100+ members in the Colorado region with networking and mentorship opportunities and educational programs regarding best practices in the food and natural products industry. We believe Northern California would benefit from having a similar organization that is formally affiliated with Naturally Boulder. Our goal with Naturally Bay Area is to replicate the success of Naturally Boulder in supporting local food and natural product entrepreneurship and innovation in Northern California.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster sustainable and responsible practices, stimulate growth, entrepreneurship and exceptional leadership in the Northern California food and natural products innovation community.

We will:
  • Facilitate idea sharing, collaboration and practical education with the goal of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Support Northern California companies that promote a healthy lifestyle and restorative practices through their products.
  • Promote sustainable practices that strengthen Northern California’s food and natural products innovation ecosystem.

How We Help

Naturally Bay Area will act as a hub for the food and natural products innovation community in Northern California, providing current news and education, a platform to connect with entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals, and a forum to advocate for important policy issues in collaboration with other like-minded local organizations.

Naturally Bay Area will provide its members with:
  • Education and Special Events: Year-round educational events and special programming.
  • Networking: Ongoing networking opportunities to foster meaningful connections at all levels of the food and natural products innovation community.
  • Resources: Exclusive access to an online directory of group and individual members, industry-specific job postings, and other resources to help them build their food and natural product companies and careers in Northern California.
Naturally Bay Area will also provide members with opportunities to showcase their companies and products to industry leaders.
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How You Can Participate

We welcome individuals and companies that are involved in the food and natural products innovation community in Northern California to join us as members or sponsors of Naturally Bay Area. Memberships for individuals will be available for $65 for the 2018 calendar year. Please contact membership@naturallybayarea.org for more information.

Our Board

Don Buder
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Robert Brown & Bill Shen
Encore Consumer Capital


Monika Pelz
Armanino LLP


Rich Grant & Brett Kadesh
Touchdown Ventures


Arif Fazal
Blueberry Ventures


Robyn Rutledge
SBG Growth


Mike Burbank
Morgan Stanley
Private Wealth Management


Carlotta Mast
New Hope Network
Zach Adelman & Ira Haber
Navitas Organics


Matthew Sade
Freeli Foods


Deven Clemens
White Road Investments


Jim Taschetta
Bell-Carter Foods


Chris Fenster
Propeller Industries


Elliot Begoun
The Intertwine Group


Vanessa Toy
Cultivate Creations


Our Sponsors

  • Aspect Consumer Group
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Navitas Organics
  • New Resource Bank
  • New Hope Network
  • Propeller Industries
  • The Burbank Hafeli Schiller Group – Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

If your company is interested in sponsorship, please contact us at info@naturallybayarea.org

Contact Us

Reach out to us at info@naturallybayarea.org for more information and sign up for the Naturally Bay Area newsletter.