Our Team

We have put together a world-class team all aligned with a shared passion and purpose to transform agriculture and feed humanity. We have deep expertise across plant science, biology, engineering, data science, food safety, and nutrition, setting a new standard for controlled growing from seed to package.  Join our mission to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity: visit our Careers page to explore open positions.

David Rosenberg, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

David Rosenberg, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

and Co-Founder

David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. Including his experience with AeroFarms, David has worked at four change-the-world, institutionally-backed start-ups/hyper-growth companies, with AeroFarms being the second one he has co-founded and leads.

David dedicates his time to a number of local and international organizations. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-chairs the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and is a member of the WEF Global IoT Council. David is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center – a prominent U.S. interactive science museum. David was also privileged to co-chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee. In 2018, David was honored as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage).

David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.

Ed Harwood, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Ed Harwood, PhD
Chief Science Officer

and Co-Founder

Ed Harwood, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean-technology champion, building and operating state-of-the art indoor vertical farms in major cities around the world. Helping set new culinary standards for freshness and flavor, AeroFarms has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Global Cleantech 100, Inc.com’s Top 25 Disruptive Companies, Winner of the World Technology Award for Most Impactful Environmental Company, and Finalist for The Circular Awards of The World Economic Forum. AeroFarms is a Certified B Corporation and part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100.

Dr. Harwood has over 40 years of agricultural and engineering experience in dairy and horticulture industries, and is a thought leader in the world of indoor agriculture with several patents in the field. Prior to AeroFarms, Dr. Harwood was a professor at Cornell University, one of the top agriculture schools in the world where he was responsible for identifying cutting-edge technologies. He has a B.S. in Microbiology and B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University and Ph.D. in Dairy Science minoring in Artificial Intelligence from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marc Oshima, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer

Marc Oshima, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer

and Co-Founder

Marc Oshima is an incredibly passionate innovator and champion of the produce industry around the world. He co-founded AeroFarms with the deep desire to make fresh, nutritious produce more accessible to communities globally. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food two years in a row, AeroFarms is a mission-driven company and certified B-Corporation, leading the way for indoor vertical farming company and transforming agriculture. Recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of their 2018 American Food Heroes, Marc has dedicated the majority of his professional career to the food and produce industries and to improving our food systems. Prior to AeroFarms, he headed up marketing for The Food Emporium, a leading supermarket chain in the Northeast and for Citarella Gourmet Markets that has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Specialty Food Retailers in the United States. Also, Marc has overseen numerous food events including partnerships with the James Beard Foundation. A noted industry presenter, Marc has presented extensively from the Milken Institute to the Culinary Institute of America to Seeds & Chips Food Innovation Summit Milan to Esca Bono to the inaugural GroceryShop. With an extensive marketing background in retail, brand management, and media, he has developed award-winning marketing campaigns that have garnered top honors by AdWeek, AdAge, Creativity, AICP, and Webby. Marc is also an active member of the United Fresh Marketing Merchandising Council helping address the broader produce industry challenges and opportunities, and he sits on the FDA Romaine Advisory Task Force. In addition, Marc is Co-Chair for the Board of Chefs Collaborative, a 25 year old non-profit focused on improving our sustainable food systems, and he has been part of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the Food Bank for NYC¸ helping improve access to fresh, healthy food. He has a B.A. from Columbia College and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Guy Blanchard, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

MaryAlice Feinstein

Chief People Officer

Roger Buelow, MS

Chief Technology Officer

Andreas Sokollek

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Boyland

General Counsel

Dane Almassy

VP of Sales

Stacy Kimmel, Ph.D.

Vice President of R&D

Charlie Wang

Senior Vice President, Ph.D.

Fadi Sbaiti, MBA

General Manager, Abu Dhabi

Ralph Nehme

Senior Director of Business Development, Abu Dhabi

Michael Fernandez, Ph.D.

Director of Information Technology

John Tarter

Director of Engineering and Construction

John Pillion, Ph.D.

Director of Intellectual Property

Fitzroy Daniels, Ph.D., MBA, MPM

Sr. Construction Manager

Sam Schatz, MSc

Managing Director

Megan DeYoung

Business Development Director, Business Development

Jason Ginsberg

Chief of Staff

Emilie Weber

Operations Manager

Jonathan Valladares, MBB

Continuous Improvement & Risk Manager

Shardendu Singh, PhD

Sr. Lead Scientist, Business Development

Julissa Auffant

Project Manager, Business Development

Csanad Gurdon, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Business Development

Kathleen DeBrota, MSc

Senior Manager of R&D Operations

Jillian Keough, MS

Associate Plant Scientist

Diego Rivera

Master Grower

Barrett Wilson, MS


Steven Jeanty

Assistant Grower

Sayyid Johnson

Research Assistant

Jack Pitts

Research Assistant

Natasha Saatchi

Research Associate

Kaitlin Riley

Research Assistant

Helio Ribeiro, MS

Director, Engineering

Michael Bianco

Environmental Systems Manager

Justin Zabilansky

Sr. Biological Systems Manager

Nick Barclay

Associate Mechanical Engineer

John Koniski

Mechanical Design Engineer

Randal Reiman

Engineer, Strategic Partnerships

Nasrin Kaniz

Operations Planning / Logistics Manager

Vanessa Adjei-Twum

Customer Logistics Associate

Maria Javier

IT Support Engineer

Albert Park

IT Business Analyst

Alex Rudnicki, MPA

Head of New Farm Design

Patricia O'Brien

Human Resource Generalist

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

Marketing Director

Emily Gee, MA

Marketing & Communications Manager

Casey Higgins, MA

Marketing & Design Associate

Nikki Russo

Sales Manager

Krishnan Harihanan, CPM

Purchasing Manager

Anthony Gulotta

VP of Finance / Controller

David Dean

Accounting Manager

Mark Bellesheim

Accounting Specialist

Tonia Stigeler

HR Generalist/Office Manager

Patrick Fitzgerald

Reliability Manager

Chris Bowe

Construction Manager

Angel Vega

Controls Technician / Engineer

Laurenz Rafer

Maintenance Technician

Josh Dunaway

Director, Corporate Development

Mihir Shah

Senior Financial Analyst

Azad Neenan

Financial Analyst

Alex Hem

Senior Project Manager - New Farms

Matthew Mandel

Farm Development Associate

Alexandro Strauss

Associate Software Engineer