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Dave Friedberg is CEO, Chairman, and co-founder of Ohalo Genetics, which is accelerating evolution to unlock nature's potential. Dave excels at developing and deploying agricultural technologies that boost farmer productivity while reducing humanity's land, water, and energy footprint.
Dave is also CEO and founder of The Production Board (TPB), a venture foundry that builds and invests in technology businesses in food, agriculture, and life sciences. He helps set strategy, define TPB’s investment theses, and manage key TPB investments. He is also a director on the boards of Lavoro (Latin America's largest ag inputs retailer) and Pattern Ag (the leading predictive agronomy company focused on soil biology).
Prior to TPB, Dave was founder and CEO of The Climate Corporation, the world’s leading digital agronomy software platform, used by farmers across 200+ million acres worldwide. Monsanto acquired The Climate Corporation in 2013, when he joined Monsanto (now Bayer) as a member of the executive leadership team.
Earlier in his career, Dave held senior roles in Corporate Development and Product at Google. He graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in astrophysics.
Judson Ward is the founder and CTO of Ohalo Genetics, a technology business providing transformational genomic solutions for the agriculture industry. Ohalo develops and markets breakthrough crop varieties that are designed to improve yield, quality, flavor, and resistance to pests and diseases.
Before founding Ohalo and becoming CTO in August 2019, Jud spent seven years at Driscoll’s, the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. He specialized in molecular genetics across various roles including senior scientist of molecular genetics, principal scientist of molecular genetics, and director of next generation breeding. Before that, Jud spent five years at Cornell University as a researcher in plant breeding and genetics.
Jud earned a Ph.D. in plant breeding genetics from Cornell University, and was both a graduate research assistant and postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences from University of Arizona.
Ward holds a Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences from University of Arizona, a Ph.D. in plant breeding genetics from Cornell University, and was both a graduate research assistant and postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University.
Kevin Vosen is Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Ohalo Genetics. He has spent more than 25 years building and scaling Legal, Public Policy, Finance, Risk & Insurance, Safety and other G&A functions for tech companies. Kevin has supported billions of dollars of capital markets transactions and billions more of corporate development and commercial deals, while building and defending valuable IP portfolios and solving unprecedented, high-stakes regulatory challenges in new and dynamic industries.
Kevin most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and Head of Risk & Insurance at Waymo. Before that, he served as Chief Administrative Officer of The Climate Corporation, a digital agriculture pioneer and leader, and as General Counsel of Broadlane, a healthcare supply chain services and technology innovator. He began his career as a corporate and securities lawyer at law firms O’Melveny and McCutchen Doyle.
Kevin earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and A.B. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. He lives in Marin County with his wife, their 12 year-old twins, and their dog. He loves to hike and run, occasionally cycle, and is attempting to re-learn tennis.
Christy Toedebusch is Vice President of Products for Ohalo Genetics, where she develops go-to-market strategy for transformational breeding products.
Christy has more than 20 years of experience in new product and business model innovation in agriculture. Most recently, she served as Vice President of product, marketing, and digital agriculture for AgReliant Genetics, one of four North American corn seed companies with a significant R&D focus and access to global corn genetics. She held marketing and product leadership roles at Bayer Crop Science for more than a decade, including seven years at The Climate Corporation after its acquisition by Bayer. She led The Climate Corporation's global product and new business model innovation and helped make Climate FieldView the #1 global brand in its category.
Christy holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and bachelor's degrees in English and Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Toedebusch holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and bachelor's degrees in English and Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Erik Andrejko is Vice President of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence at Ohalo Genetics. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer at CircleUp (acquired by Brightflow AI), cofounder of Wellio (acquired by Kraft Heinz), and also leader of the Data Science team at The Climate Corporation (acquired by Monsanto). Erik exploits machine learning to pioneer impactful technology solutions at the intersection of food, health, and sustainability.
He earned a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University.
Emily Jacobson is Vice President of Operations at Ohalo Genetics, where she leads the optimization of greenhouse production in addition to company operations. During her 13 years in agriculture, Emily has served in human resources, research and development, program management, and innovation leadership roles for Driscoll’s. Prior to joining Ohalo, she was Senior Manager of Innovation and Program Management at Driscoll’s. She is passionate about maximizing the benefit dedicated people and innovation have to aid the world’s farmers in cultivating resilient and sustainable crops.
Emily earned a double major in intensive psychology and economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.