Angela McElwee 

 February 4, 2020

A nearly 30 year veteran of the natural products industry, Angela most recently served as the CEO and President of Gaia Herbs, leading and building North America’s top herbal supplement brand for over a decade. These roots have enabled her to dig deeply into what it means to be a business that measures success by a new set of standards, considering people and planet as valued stakeholders and using success indicators that go beyond profitability. Named as a Real Leader's "Woman in Impact" and to Progressive Grocer's Top Women in Grocery, she led the business to achievement awards from Forbes, New Hope, and others during her tenure as Chief Executive. 

A passionate advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change, Angela brings that ethos to her board and advisory work, including as a Founding Board Member for Naturally Austin & the Naturally Network, Board Chair for Regenerative Rising, and as an independent board director and advisor for a number of other purpose-centric organizations. 

A vegetarian and organic gardener since birth, Angela considers herself a lifelong student, with pursuits ranging from ethnobotany to mastering the art of kitchen fermentation (ideally in the form of a perfect loaf of sourdough bread.) When not burying her nose in a book or her hands in the dirt, she can be found at home in the Austin Hill Country with her husband and their 4 daughters.


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