Erin Lenhardt

2014/2015 Kirchner Food Fellow

Erin Lenhardt completed her MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2015. She served as co-chair for the Food, Environment, Agribusiness, and Development (FEAD) student group. She is also co-chair for the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (EVC) club and serves as a Career Advisor for students who are interested in pursuing careers in these fields. She is co-organizing FEAD’s Fall Forum as well as EVC’s annual Venture Capital Investment Competition.

Erin grew up on an herbal nursery near Columbia, MO and has held a lifetime passion for growing plants and eating and cooking good food. In 2011, she co-founded Norm’s Farms, a superfruit start-up dedicated to commercializing the American elderberry. She now serves as CEO. While at Chicago Booth, Erin has interned with two food-focused investment firms: SLoFIG, or the Sustainable Local Food Investment Group, and Bluestein & Associates. She has started her own Consulting Business – The Food Mint.

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 2008. Prior to business school, she worked as Director of Business Development for Calibrate, a small biotechnology services company based in North Carolina. She collects orchids, is an award-winning poet, and has a hound-lab dog named Mo.