Nona Yehia

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Vertical Harvest

An accomplished architect by training, Nona built Vertical Harvest from the ground up as North America’s first vertical hydroponic greenhouse. She also pioneered the company to focus on inclusive, customized employment for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities alongside her co-founder Caroline Croft-Estay. She conceived the company based on her experiences growing up with a brother with developmental disabilities, love of fresh and local food, obsession with great design and long-standing community involvement. Since then CNN has named her a Champion for Change and in 2021 Vertical Harvest was included in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas in both their Food and Social Justice categories. Under her stewardship, and with the closing of Series A, the company has embarked on its ambitious plans to scale to 10 new cities over the next 5 years and advance its mission to use food as a medium for positive change.

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