Corporate Innovation & Operations Manager

Ricky Stephens is a Manager of Corporate Innovation at THRIVE, helping corporate partners navigate the complex AgriFoodTechlandscape and approach innovation more effectively. Heis deeply motivated to advance innovation that moves us toward a more resilient and healing food system.

Ricky brings 6 years of experience in the AgTech innovation sector. Previously, he ran NYC’sfirst incubator and collaborative workspace dedicated to agritech entrepreneurship. Most recently, Ricky served as the Director of Digital Strategy for Agritecture, a global leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) planning, strategy, and research. Through a board position with the NYC Ag Collective, Ricky has also led programming for some of the largest urban agriculture conferences in the US.

Prior to his work in the agtech space, Ricky was the Manager of Marketing Analytics at RedVentures, where he helped launch the company’s first international office and early partnerships in Brazil. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College.

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