Will is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and thought leader. His thirty-five year career has focused on the nexus of sustainable food & agriculture, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and education. As an entrepreneur Will helped create the premium tea category in the U.S as the founding CEO of The Republic of Tea. He also played a role in growing Odwalla, Leapfrog and Brand New Brands, a functional food incubator he founded in 2004.
Will has led several venture capital funds and served on the board of more than a dozen companies including Revolution Foods, GoodGuide, Pharmaca, and Yummly. One of these funds, Physic Ventures, was the first venture capital firm focused on supporting early-stage health and sustainability companies. While leading Physic Ventures, Will worked closely with Unilever, Physic’s anchor investor, guiding Unilever’s strategic venture activities in the US. Will currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, an investment management firm chaired by Al Gore.
As a long-time faculty member at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Will developed the country’s first MBA courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Development. He currently teaches Edible Education 101 with Alice Waters and Food Innovation Studio. Will serves as the faculty director of The Sustainable Food Initiative within the Center for Responsible Business and is on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Food Institute.
In 2016, Will was recognized as one of the 7 shapers of the future of food by Bon Appetit magazine and in 2010 Will was the recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award. Will was a co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, which was named one of the 100 Best Business Books of all time. Outside of these pursuits, Will is an avid gardener and enjoys sharing the bounty of his garden with his students and community.