Kara Leong


Chief Of Staff

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TurtleTree is a biotechnology company committed to launching sustainable food.

Kara oversees and drives TurtleTree’s strategic partnerships, business development, communications and events across the company. She supports key leadership decision making across all business, manufacturing, and R&D operations.

Extensive background in environmental & biological scientific research, sustainable agricultural production and food/wine innovation. Skilled team leadership, corporate/industry relationship management, and business negotiation with a keen eye for productive networking and identifying opportunities. 12 years of bench top scientific research & development experience, 16 years of business ownership, and 17 years of executive board management experience.

Spearheaded the formation, funding support and management of the UC Davis Cultivated Meat Research Consortium, the first and largest academic research consortium in cell based meat with $5.4 million in grant, corporate and philanthropic research funding in less than two years.