Kris Schumacher – Partner at Traverse Food
Kris is an experienced marketing and finance professional, has held director level positions at both global corporations and small boutique firms, and maintains an active consultancy where he works with social-impact startups.
In addition to his work with CocoaCompassion, Kris is the the founding partner at Traverse Food and Lokaal Market, the co-founder of Nextdoorganics Inc., and the acting CFO at 4PFoods.
Prior to jumping into the start-up world, he worked in the film industry, where be developed digital technology for HeavyLight, a start-up special effects house. He left the film industry to study entrepreneurship extensively at Babson College where he received his MBA in 2004, and has since specialized in supply and demand economics, leading the pricing department at large multi-national corporations, managing currency risk, commodity price fluctuations, and contract risk across a complex supply chain.
Having been born into a farming family and spending his childhood partially off-grid on a tree farm in the middle of the woods in New England, he is passionate about sustainability and responsible land use, and works with companies making an impact in this area