President & CEO, Gaia Herbs
With over 25 years of experience in the natural products industry, Angela McElwee has had the opportunity to build structure, vision, and teams at many levels – as a retailer, board member, community member, and leader of a mission-driven vertically integrated manufacturer. As President and CEO of Gaia Herbs, she has stewarded growth and built a world-class team for North America’s top herbal supplement brand. Starting in May 2008 as VP of Sales, she was promoted to VP of Sales Operations in 2013 and began serving as President in August 2016. Her tenure has seen tremendous industry growth, innovation, and change, all while remaining true to its purpose of connecting people, plants, and planet to create healing. She is a passionate advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change, and brings that same ethos to her work as a Founding Board Member for Naturally Austin, a nonprofit working to nurture impact businesses in Central Texas, and to her volunteer work as an Advisory Board Member for the climate change education leader, At The Epicenter.