Yesenia and Kenny met at the Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Both founders came together over a common passion for sustainable agriculture and social justice.  

Yesenia grew up visiting her grandparents in Oaxaca, Mexico every summer and eating chapulines, the delicious grasshoppers famous in the region’s cuisine. 

During her time at Yale, she felt that the US was ready to embrace the eating of insects. Seeing the potential that insects have as a sustainable and nutritious source of protein, Kenny and Yesenia launched Poda Foods.

 

Yesenia Gallardo - CEO

Yesenia has a background in business and sustainable agriculture. She is a 2014 fellow for the Switzer Foundation. She has previously worked with the USDA as well as with various NGOs and nonprofits in the Portland area. She grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended Willamette University.

 

Kenny Cloft - COO

Kenny’s background is in food processing, food safety, and sustainable industrial operations. He has previously worked in the food industry as a food service consultant. Born in Michigan and raised in Minnesota, Kenny received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University.