Meet the Farm Raiser Team

  • Lauren Smith

    Co-Founder & Chief Cultivator (sales)

    Lauren comes to FarmRaiser with a background in experiential education, curriculum and program design, and community engagement. A teach For America alumna, she has a Masters in gender research from University of Florida. As a campaign cultivator with FarmRaiser, she will be working with local communities and causes to support FarmRaiser campaigns, and make the world a healthier, tastier place.

  • Mariana LaFianza

    Cultivator

    Mariana comes to FarmRaiser with a background in environmental studies and environmental policy. Her previous positions have given her experience in program development, fundraising, and food systems. As a campaign cultivator with FarmRaiser, she will be working with local communities and partners to support FarmRaiser campaigns, and make the world a healthier, more sustainable place.

  • Victor Etongwe

    Co-Founder, Growth/Marketing

    2X Founder Growth marketing @Staffer Founder @Remodelmate Growth Marketing @Bozutto

  • Mark Abbott

    Co-Founder, CEO

Advisors/Investors

  • Dr. Bobby Mukkamala

    Founding Investor/Advisor

    Dr. Bobby Mukkamala is the founding investor in FarmRaiser. He is a board-certified Otolaryngologist in Flint, Michigan. A prominent civic leader, he is past president of the Genesee County Medical Society and serves on the board of directors of the Crim Fitness Foundation, an organization whose mission it is to cultivate physical fitness as a community and family value. Dr. Mukkamala advises FarmRaiser on its community partnerships and health and nutrition curriculum.

  • Jim Epstein

    Investor/Advisor

    Jim Epstein is Founder and Chairman of EFO Capital Management and Co-Founder and Chairman of Blue Ridge Local, a fresh food aggregator working with small- and medium-sized farms in Virginia. A longtime member of Social Venture Partners, and passionate advocate for impact investing, Jim is a FarmRaiser investor, advisor and strategic partner.

  • Ray Grochowski

    Outside Director/Advisor

    Ray Grochowski is Vice President and General Counsel for Dynamic Precision Group. A retired corporate partner with Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, Ray serves as outside board member and advisor for FarmRaiser, providing guidance on regulatory and licensing, corporate governance, and liability issues. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the College of William and Mary. Before attending law school, he served for eight years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and then worked for several years in the defense industry in the Washington, DC area.

Technology Team

  • Andrew Guk

    Lead Engineer

    Full Stack Ruby on Rails Engineer 10+ years Marketplaces + SaaS