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Thomas Jonas

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas was most recently president of two business units of MeadWestvaco, overseeing 15 operating plants around the world with annual sales over $700 million. A seasoned global executive, he's held senior leadership positions at Rio Tinto, Alcan, and Pechiney. Thomas graduated from HEC Paris and also served as an officer in the French Air Force.

Dr. Mark Kozubal

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Kozubal is a leading expert in extremophile organisms—organisms that can survive in extreme conditions. He's discovered numerous new species and published extensively in the space, as well as collaborated with top research organizations including NASA, The National Science Foundation, the USDA, the EPA, and the Department of the Interior. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Geomicrobiology from Montana State University and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Matthew Strongin

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew brings extensive experience in start-up commercialization, financing, and strategy to the company. Previously he was an investor at First Green Partners—an early-stage venture capital firm founded in partnership with global private equity firm Warburg Pincus—where he focused on investments in food/agriculture, energy, and chemicals. He began his career in investment banking and holds a degree in physics from Carleton College.

Karuna Rawal

Chief Marketing Officer

Karuna joined Nature's Fynd from Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett, where she was President and Groupe Client Lead over a portfolio of their key global clients. She brings over two decades of experience in brand management & shopper marketing across the retail, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods categories. Karuna was also Lead Strategist on the internationally successful #LikeAGirl campaign from P&G brand Always, which won 14 Cannes Lions in 2015, as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Television Commercial.

Jim Millis

Chief Technology Officer

A veteran senior executive with expertise in molecular biology, chemical catalysis, and industrial biotechnology (specifically fermentation), Jim brings a thirty-year career as an entrepreneurial leader. Previously he's held management positions at Cargill's Industrial Bioproducts unit and Draths, a renewable chemicals company. Most recently, Jim served as CTO of BioAmber, overseeing the development, scale-up, and commercial implementation of a fermentation technology.

Like most great beginnings,
our roots are in nature.


Born from extreme environments.

Millions of years ago, in an acidic hot spring at what is today Yellowstone National Park, a remarkable microbe evolved. In 2009, our Chief Science Officer and co-founder, Mark Kozubal, was a Ph.D. student researching extremophiles at the park. This work was done under a research permit and supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA to better understand how life thrives in adverse environments. Mark collected samples from an acidic hot spring without causing any negative impact to the area, and from it, isolated and discovered the remarkable microbe. Its name? Fusarium strain flavolapis.


Building the future of food
with nature's technology.

Our curious co-founders—a group of scientists, explorers, and optimists—came together to develop a technology that could take the potential of this microbe and create a sustainable food source for the globe's growing population. But this was far from a simple task. It took miles of duct tape and sleepless nights, and building new machines out of old ones. Eventually, inspired by nature’s simplicity and efficiency, they invented a breakthrough fermentation technology with a 24/7, 365-days-a-year growing cycle without the need for sun, rain, or soil.


A nutrient-rich discovery in food.

By fermenting Fusarium strain flavolapis, they produced what came to be called Fy Protein™. And it was a wonder—a complete protein with all 20 amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Perfect for making all kinds of vegan, amazing-tasting, nutrition-packed foods.


The Earth has earned a breather.

Driven by a belief that human ingenuity and scientific curiosity could solve our planet's challenges, we set out to discover nature's solutions. Today, we want to share these solutions with the world. And together, we can give the Earth a breather. Let it rest. Rebuild. Even be renewed.

We explore in Bozeman.
We grow Fy in Chicago.
We’re optimistic about feeding the globe.

A few hours north of Yellowstone, our Research & Development team is based in Bozeman, Montana. We grow Fy in Chicago, historically the world's center of protein and food production. In fact, our office is at the very place once known as the meatpacking center of the world— Chicago’s Union Stockyards.

Who we are

We believe in
discovery, curiosity,
community, and above
all optimism.