Sara Batterby – CEO | Hifi Farms
Sara is the President and CEO of Hifi Farms, Founding Chair of the Portland Chapter of Women Grow. She entered the cannabis industry in early 2015 after moving to Oregon from the Bay Area and has subsequently built, funded, and is now scaling one of Oregon’s leading cannabis brands. Sara raised over $4.5M to create one of the nation’s most progressive cannabis companies. She registered Oregon Cannabis’s first Employee Stock Option Plan and implemented a diversity hiring initiative that has resulted in a total of 60% minority, female and veteran participation in her workforce. She is an expert in early stage investing having co-founded an angel fund in Silicon Valley and she speaks around the country on cannabis economics, risk and capital. She advises several, mostly women led, cannabis ventures and sits on the Board of the Resource Innovation Institute, the leading sustainability initiative in the cannabis industry. Sara was recently named “Executive to Watch in 2017” by the Portland Business Journal. She is passionate about diversity, sustainability and hooked on start-ups.