Joseph Feldman

President & Founder

Prior Corporate Experience


VP, Worldwide Business Development, Searle Pharmaceuticals (unit of Monsanto Company) - $4 billion pharmaceutical company 


Vice President, Business Development  Monsanto Company Food and Nutrition Sector - $1 billion division for nutritional products, food ingredients, food biotechnology

Director, Supply Chain Operations; Deputy General Manager, Europe; Director R&D Planning and Administration, The NutraSweet Company – Sweetener company marketing NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel 

Prior Venture Experience


Co-founder and Managing Director, Sandbox Industries – New business start-up company  in the areas of health and wellness, consumer products, and technology, and general partner of a venture capital fund


VP, Business Development, Chromatin, Inc. – Venture-capital backed agricultural biotechnology company  


VP, Corporate Development, First Genetic Trust – Venture-capital backed firm providing online genetic banking and education services to protect the privacy of individuals’ genetic information

Joseph Feldman

Board of Directors member, Southern Seasonings; Creole and Cajun foods and seasonings; 2017 – present


Advisory Board member, Chicago Capital Partners; private equity and alternative investment fund;

2012 – 2019

Advisory Board member, CES Optical; optical design, wholesale, and retail business; 2003 - 2012


Board of Directors member; Morgan Street Document Systems; document management for high net worth individuals and advisors; from start-up in 2005 – 2008


Advisory Board member, XTEND, small/medium business IT services company; 2006 - 2007


Board member, Chicago Lights; social services organization that provides hope and opportunity to Chicago’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty; 2016 – present

Board member, Kennedy Forum Illinois; advocacy for mental health access and insurance parity;

2019 – present

Board member (President, 2014 – 2019), Warming House Youth Center; after-school and weekend programming supporting local 6th-12th grade youth;

2013 – present

Chairman, Village of Wilmette Youth Commission; oversaw services and programs for the youth of Wilmette, Illinois; initiated community-wide reporting on youth issues; established inter-agency collaborations with local schools; founded bicycle safety program;

2003 – 2008


MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


BS, Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania











BMO Harris Bank

Jenner & Block


Chicago Bar Association


President’s Forum


University of Illinois at Chicago


DePaul University


Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.


Levenfeld Pearlstein