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Thomas Jonas

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas believes in asking the big questions but also in finding new and different solutions. When a chance encounter on the beach in Hawaii led Thomas to a lab in Montana where he met Mark, he saw infinite possibilities in the tiny microscopic organism. When others often ask why, Thomas’ curiosity drives him to ask, why not and what if? Why not use the nutritional power of Fy to positively impact the environment and disrupt the food industry? What if Fy could feed people today and for generations to come? And as a former officer in the French Air Force, Thomas knows that even the sky is not the limit.
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Matthew Strongin

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew is passionate about leveraging technology to deliver a sustained impact on the planet and our society. This enthusiasm led him to Nature’s Fynd after working in venture capital and banking. As a venture investor in early-stage companies focused on agriculture and energy, Matthew experienced firsthand the struggles and rewards of commercializing technologies that both challenge convention and create sustainable solutions that disrupt the food industry in a positive way. He enjoys building towards audacious goals using his innovative spirit— just ask him about completely remodeling his home in his spare time.
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Karuna Rawal

Chief Marketing Officer

As a marketer with award-winning international success, Karuna was ready for the challenge of building a purpose-driven brand from the ground up. That brand? Nature’s Fynd. Karuna’s broad experience in launching new food innovations combined with an intentional focus on how we can create a better food system led her to this position. Building on the company’s unique origins, Karuna is crafting a compelling narrative for Nature’s Fynd. And her own enthusiasm for food extends beyond her kitchen to seeking out amazing tasting vegan food. So if you’re in Chicago, ask her to share a favorite recipe or restaurant she last visited for a flawless recommendation.
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Dr. Debbie Yaver

Chief Scientific Officer

Debbie is an optimist by nature, which fuels her belief that when there’s a challenge, you can always find a way. As an inventor of approximately 40 issued patents and the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, Debbie has proven this belief throughout her 28-year career at Novozymes. With expertise in fungal expression, fermentation, and protein production, Debbie is using her extensive experience to drive scientific processes at Nature’s Fynd. Her breadth of knowledge and passion for science inspires her work of promoting STEM careers among women and other minority groups by educating students about creative and sustainable solutions.

Mikael Bundgaard-Nielsen

Chief Technology Officer

As a life-long learner, the challenge of working with and optimizing the new-to-the-world technologies that Nature’s Fynd developed captivated Mikael—so much so that he left his home in Denmark to pursue this purpose-driven opportunity after over 25 years at Novozymes. Having managed global organizations in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, United States, and China, Mikael is leveraging his diverse perspective and life experiences to scale sustainable operations at Nature’s Fynd. He believes that when you embrace diversity you can always find a solution. When he’s not implementing new technologies, he enjoys taking in all that Chicago has to offer from running the lakeshore path to frequenting the Art Institute.

We are Fynders.

Driven by curiosity. Optimistic by nature.

Our Values

Overhead view of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park
  • Always find a way

    No matter the challenge, we find a way to persevere. We have total conviction in our long-term purpose, but we’re nimble in how we get there.
  • Bravely challenge convention

    We don’t believe in business as usual. We persistently pursue new and innovative approaches and believe that ideas can and should come from everywhere.
  • Be relentlessly curious

    Inquisitive thought is just as important as having answers. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow—we understand the need to ask questions, listen carefully, and observe always.
  • Leave it better than you found it

    We’re mindful to leave everything we touch better than we found it—whether prioritizing sustainability in the areas where we operate, offering a word of encouragement to a colleague, or providing a challenge to think differently.
  • Act with intention

    The problems we're solving are massive, and our solutions must be equal in ambition. When we make decisions and take action, it’s with real intention and careful consideration.
  • Find strength in diversity

    We believe that gathering a diverse set of viewpoints, life experiences, and team members together makes us better. Diversity helps us see blind spots that need a new perspective, fuel innovation, and solve problems from every angle.


We create amazing

foods that nourish

people and nurture

the planet.

Nature's Fynd vegan tomato bisque made with Fy, along with meatless chicken nuggets and breakfast sausage on a table.


A community of resilient self-starters.

Feeding 8 billion people is putting a strain on our planet that it simply can't keep up with. Today over 50% of ice-free land on earth and 50% of the water in the U.S. is used to support livestock. By 2040 global demand for dairy is expected to increase by 50% and meat by 60%. This is not sustainable. Together we can stop the cycle of supply and demand with food choices that nourish people and nurture the planet.

Nature's Fynd employees testing meatless meat made with Fy in our product development kitchen


Origin Story

research in Yellowstone
led us to an entirely new
source of complete

Two people walking near misty geysers in Yellowstone National Park
Ready to make an impact?
We won't sugarcoat it. Putting in the work to make real change isn't easy but we choose to do it because we're driven by our purpose to make a difference. With optimism, passion, and dedication on our side, we know we can make a positive impact on our global food system.