MamaCarts’ four founding members met at Colorado State University, while earning their MBAs in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise. This program steeped them in social enterprise practices and triple bottom line business model execution while teaching them to fail fast and often. The team firmly believes that market-based business approaches offer sustainable solutions to systemic global challenges, including the global food crisis.
Meghan has a background in nonprofit management and is a whiz at fundraising, market research and design. In 2010, Meghan moved abroad to work for the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture, introducing her to the gaps in rural food systems for smallholder farmers. Her most recent experience in food systems was in urban Kenya and focused on addressing micronutrient deficiencies with a fortified porridge for children. Meghan is a MamaCarts founder and an adventurous eater willing to try any food once.
Rachael served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa from 2006-2008. She worked on nutritional product development and marketing, as well as dry season gardening to combat seasonal malnutrition. She then moved on to U.S. food systems, where she commercial fished in Alaska and managed a terrestrial protein program for an environmentally focused nonprofit. Rachael is a MamaCarts founding member, conversational in West African French, and may have a slight obsession with corgie dogs.
Lindsay earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, and after a stint in Portland as a foreign language lab manager; headed south to Peru. There, she developed entrepreneurship and financial literacy curriculum for local youth, with the microfinance institution FINCA-Peru. Beginning a startup is second nature to Lindsay, who recently launched WariDesigns, a fair trade handicraft business that imports wares from the Andean region. She is a MamaCarts founding member and is fluent in Spanish. She also hopes to one-day launch a sister organization in Bolivia, LlamaCarts…because they are adorable.