2019 Speakers

Marc Oshima, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Marc Oshima

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, AeroFarms

Marc is an incredibly passionate innovator and champion of the produce industry around the world. He co-founded AeroFarms with the deep desire to make fresh, nutritious produce more accessible to communities globally. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food two years in a row, AeroFarms is a mission-driven company and certified B-Corporation, leading the way for indoor vertical farming companies and transforming agriculture. Recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of their 2018 American Food Heroes, Marc has dedicated the majority of his professional career to the food and produce industries and to improving our food systems. Prior to AeroFarms, he headed up marketing for The Food Emporium, a leading supermarket chain in the Northeast, and for Citarella Gourmet Markets, which has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Specialty Food Retailers in the United States. Also, Marc has overseen numerous food events including partnerships with the James Beard Foundation, Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD), Slow Food, City Harvest, and Le Fooding, which Time magazine calls the “coolest food event in the world.” A noted industry presenter, Marc has presented extensively from the Milken Institute to the Culinary Institute of America to Seeds & Chips Food Innovation Summit Milan to Esca Bono to the inaugural GroceryShop. With an extensive marketing background in retail, brand management, and media, he has developed award-winning marketing campaigns that have garnered top honors by AdWeek, AdAge, Creativity, AICP and Webby. Marc is also an active member of the United Fresh Marketing Merchandising Council helping address the broader produce industry challenges and opportunities, and he sits on the FDA Romaine Advisory Task Force. In addition, Marc is Co-Chair for the Board of Chefs Collaborative, a 25-year-old non-profit focused on improving our sustainable food systems, and he has been part of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the Food Bank for NYC¸ helping improve access to fresh, healthy food. He has a B.A. from Columbia College and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.