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.

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

Roger Post, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Ingrid M. Williams, PHR

Director of People & Purpose

Roger Buelow, MS

Chief Technology Officer

Ariel C. Lager, JD

General Counsel

Tim Bender

VP of Engineering

Michael Barron, MSc

Director of R&D

Jonathan Black, MS

Director of Information Technology

Dan Denisoff

Plant Operations

Michael Fernandez, Ph.D.

Lead Systems Engineer

John Pillion, Ph.D.

Director of Intellectual Property

Stefan Oberman

Director of Public Partnerships

Fitzroy Daniels

Sr. Construction Manager

Emilie Weber

Operations Manager

Valerie Consaga-Bober

Senior Manager, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Reginald Richardson

Production Supervisor

Jonathan Valladares, MBB

Continuous Improvement & Risk Manager

Kwabena Aduomi, MSc

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Shardendu Singh, PhD

Sr. Lead Scientist, Strategic Partnerships

George Smith

Project Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Julissa Auffant

Project Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Mickael Mitterrand, MSc

Plant Pathologist

Kathleen DeBrota, MSc

Plant Scientist

Jillian Keough, MSc

Associate Plant Scientist

Diego Rivera

Master Grower

Barrett Wilson, MS

Grower

Robyn Moore

Strategic Partnerships Grower

Steven Jeanty

Assistant Grower

Dominique Otiepka

Research Assistant

Ryan Baker-Urzua

Research Associate

Jack Pitts

Research Assistant

Natasha Saatchi

Research Associate

Kaitlin Riley

Research Assistant

Samentha Evans-Toor

Quality Assurance Technician

Fabian Schvartzman, MSc, MBA

Strategic Research and Technology Development Lead

Helio Ribeiro, MS

Director, Engineering

John Tarter

Automation Engineer

Michael Bianco

Environmental Systems Manager

Shanglong Wang

Lead Design Mechanical Engineer

Justin Zabilansky

Biological Engineer

Nick Barclay

Associate Mechanical Engineer

John Koniski

Mechanical Design Engineer

Elaine Kung

Environmental Engineer

Randal Reiman

Engineer

Nasrin Kaniz

Operations Planning / Logistics Manager

Mohit Kulpe

Associate Data Scientist

Maria Javier

IT Support Engineer

Julia Ha

Jr. Software Engineer

Vivek Gohil

Software Developer

Alex Rudnicki, MPA

Senior Project Manager

Douglass Gilmore

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Patricia O'Brien

Human Resource Generalist

Jacquelyn Reyes

Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

Director, Sales & Marketing

Catherine Cortes, MBA

Sales & Marketing Manager

Hannah Caswell

Sales & Marketing Manager

Casey Higgins, MA

Marketing & Design Associate

Carley Stein

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Krishnan Harihanan, CPM

Purchasing Manager

Susan McDermott, MBA

Buyer

Anthony Gulotta

VP of Finance / Controller

Virna Philistin

Accounts Payable Specialist

Neena Masters

Project Accountant

Tonia Stigeler

Office Manager

Patrick Fitzgerald

Maintenance Supervisor

Mike Waltz

Foreman

Chris Bowe

Construction Manager

Mehdi Abdollahi

Electrical Foreman

Angel Vega

Controls Technician

Laurenz Rafer

Maintenance Technician

Sam Schatz, MSc

Managing Director

Dan Schechner

Managing Director

Josh Dunaway

Director, Corporate Development

Mihir Shah

Financial Analyst

Alex Hem

Operations Executive Analyst

Enrique Rodriguez

Chief of Staff

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