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Paul Lightfoot

Founder & President, BrightFarms

Paul is the author of the Negative Foods Newsletter, which covers the foods that have carbon neutral or carbon negative footprints, and the technologies, people and companies that bring negative foods to market

He is the founder and president of BrightFarms, which builds and operates high-tech greenhouse farms to eliminate time, distance and costs from their produce supply chain. Paul has been leading the company since 2011 on its mission to provide consumers with the freshest, tastiest and most responsibly grown produce. BrightFarms is creating the first national brand of local produce, and was 235th on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies (10th among all food companies on the Inc. 500 and the only produce company to be included in the list).

Previously, Paul was CEO of BSG, which owned and operated two software businesses that improved the productivity of retailers and distributors. Before BSG, Paul was the founder and CEO of Foodline, a venture-backed software company that provided customer and reservations information technology to restaurants (investors included American Express, Zagat Survey and Ticketmaster (now IAC/InterActiveCorp)). Earlier in his career, Paul was a transactional attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Paul has a B.A. from Lehigh and a J.D. from Fordham Law. He is Treasurer of the BOD of the Brennan Center for Justice.

Paul has been recognized by Chain Store Age magazine as a “Rising Star in Retail” and was a winner of YPO’s CSR Award for Environmental Sustainable Business Practices. Fast Company featured him on its list of “1000 Most Creative People in Business,” and his 2012 TED talk, A Produce Supply Chain Revolution, has been viewed nearly 70,000 times.

A healthy and sustainable food zealot, Paul has delivered keynote speeches at a myriad of conferences, and has been featured multiple times in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Paul is an active member of YPO, and currently sits on the board of YPO’s Health & Wellness Network. He is a longtime member of, and contributor to, Harvard University’s Private and Public Scientific Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group (“PAPSAC”).