Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Elin Miller – Chairperson, Board of Directors

Elin Miller has served on the board of directors since 2011. Miller is currently the principal of Elin Miller Consulting, LLC. She has extensive executive experience in the agricultural industry where she has been successful in both governmental and business roles. Appointed by the President of the United States, Miller assumed regional management of the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Pacific Northwest from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that, she led Arysta Lifesciences as President and CEO of North America and Australasia. Miller also held various positions at Dow Agrosciences/Dow Chemical including Vice President, Pest Management and Vice President Asia Pacific, and Global Vice President of Public Affairs. Earlier in her career, Miller also directed the CA Department of Conservation and served as Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation at CalEPA. She also currently serves as Chair of the national FFA Individual Giving Council and as a member of its Foundation Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of the Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of NeighborWorks® Umpqua and on Umpqua Bank’s Regional Board.

Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy/Plant Protection.

Pamela Marrone, Ph.D. – Founder and CEO, Marrone Bio Innovations

An entrepreneur with extensive experience in the agriculture industry, Pam Marrone, PhD, founded Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) in 2006 and has since raised $48 million in venture capital to continue her efforts to bring natural pest management products to the mainstream markets. full bio>>

Ranjeet Bhatia – Board Member

Ranjeet Bhatia has served on the board of directors since 2007. Managing Director and co-founder of Saffron Hill Ventures, Ranjeet is currently on the boards of Agilyx, Coyuchi, Image Metrics and Optasia Medical. Prior to founding Saffron Hill Ventures, he worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investments. Ranjeet has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore’s White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Dr. Pamela Contag – Board Member

Dr. Pamela Contag is the CEO of Cygnet, Inc., a private company founded in 2009, active in the discovery and adaptation of natural products to applications in healthcare, energy, and food. From 1995 to 2006 she was Founder, CEO and President of Xenogen, where she took the company public and was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Small Business” by Fortune magazine. Dr. Contag also founded Cobalt Technologies in 2006, and served as CEO until 2009. In 2011, she was honored with the “Cleantech Innovator of the Year” award for her contributions at Cygnet. Dr. Contag has held board positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and also consults in biotechnology for academics and industry. She is widely published in the field of microbiology and optical imaging and has over 35 patents in biotechnology.

Dr. Contag received her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Microbiology and Immunology and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University School of Medicine specializing in Host-Pathogen Interactions.

Tim Fogarty – Board Member

Tim Fogarty has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer and a Partner of the Contrarian Group, Inc., an investment and management company which is also an investor in MBI through its limited partnership, CGI Opportunity Fund II, L.P. The Partnership’s general partner is Mr. Peter Ueberroth. Mr. Ueberroth is currently, and has been since 1989, the Managing Director of Contrarian Group, Inc. Mr. Ueberroth is well known for his previous roles as President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee and his appointment as the sixth commissioner of Major League Baseball. Prior to joining Contrarian Group in 2006, Mr. Fogarty held various financial and executive positions within the insurance industry.

Mr. Fogarty has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and holds a California CPA license.

Lawrence A. Hough – Board Member

Lawrence A. Hough has served on the board of directors since 2008. He is currently Managing Director of Stuart Mill Venture Partners, L.P., and Chairman of Stuart Mill Capital, Inc., a Virginia-based management firm that he founded. Prior to that, Mr. Hough worked with Sallie Mae for 25 years, where he served as president and CEO from 1990 to 1997. Under his leadership, Sallie Mae registered income growth from $258 million to $419 million, EPS from $2.53 to $7.32 and a sustained return on equity of 30 percent. During his presidency Sallie Mae became the first government-sponsored enterprise to relinquish its federal charter in return for full independence.

Mr. Hough holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.

Joe Hudson – Board Member

Joe Hudson has primarily worked as a strategic consultant in the financial, wireless, and environmental industries. Some of his clients include Barclays, Sprint, and The Walton Foundation, as well as dozens of smaller companies from six continents. In his career he has successfully helped companies build businesses, raise money, navigate government regulations, and become mission focused. He is now a principal at One Earth Capital. One Earth Capital’s mission is to invest in sustainable technology in the agriculture, water and energy sectors, with special emphasis on technologies that are decentralized.

Les Lyman – Board Member

Les Lyman is the Chairman of The Lyman/Tremont Groups, independent agricultural retail companies with 15 locations in northern California. Under his leadership the organization has grown to become one of the largest independent ag retailers in the nation. The company was honored with the 2011 Ag Retailer of the Year and was awarded the Environmental Respect Award in 1996 and 2010 for excellence in environmental stewardship. In addition to leading the ag retail business Lyman directed the founding of Blue Creek Sustainable LLC, MVP Consolidated, FS3, Inland Terminal, and Mar Vista Resources.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of Integrated Agribusiness Professionals (IAP), and a past board member of the Western Ag Chemicals Association, California Fertilizer Association, and the Ag Retailers Association.

Mr. Lyman holds a degree in Ag Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Rich Rominger – Board Member

Rominger is an icon in California’s agricultural community and is recognized as a leader in bipartisan efforts to keep American agriculture healthy and sustainable. Rominger served as the chairman of the MBI board of directors from 2007–2013.

Active in farm organizations and cooperatives, Rominger served as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for eight years during the Clinton Administration, where he worked to improve farm policy, including the establishment of the National Organic Standards. Prior to his term in Washington, DC, he was Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture for six years. He currently serves on the University of California (UC) President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and recently completed a term on the Board of Regents of the University of California representing alumni. He is on the board of directors of the respected American Farmland Trust, the Roots of Change Council, and the Ag Innovations Network, founded to support the emergence of a sustainable food system. Rich received a Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) in plant science from UC Davis, where he met his wife Evelyne, and is a member of the agricultural honorary society of Alpha Zeta.

Rominger and his wife Evelyne raised a daughter and three sons on the same family farm where he grew up. Their sons now operate the farm with participation from their daughter, growing alfalfa, barley, beans, corn, native grass seed, oats, rice, safflower, sunflowers, tomatoes, wheat and wine grapes. Some of the crops are grown organically. The farm participates in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Conservation Security Program (CSP).

Shaugn Stanley – Board Member

Shaugn Stanley is currently Senior Managing Director at Stifel Financial and joined the MBI board of directors in 2012. One of the seven founding members of Thomas Weisel Partners, which was sold to Stifel Financial in July 2010, Stanley held a number of senior positions including CFO and Director of Private Client Services during his 12-year tenure at Thomas Weisel Partners. Prior to that, Stanley was CFO at Montgomery Securities, and SVP, CFO and Group Risk Manager for Fidelity Investments Brokerage Group in Boston. Stanley began his career as an accountant at Deloitte.
Shaugn received a BBA in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University, and is a licensed (inactive) Certified Public Accountant.