Our Team

Meet Judy

Operations Associate

Judy mastered our filling machine (which she lovingly nicknamed "Babe") and was an asset to our kitchen team. She graduated from our training program and joined our ops team!

Meet Bonnie

Operations Lead

Bonnie joined our team in the last stages of her pregnancy, and hustled harder than anyone. Now, she has an adorable baby girl and is back on the team - still working hard.

Meet Sam

Sam's main goal is to spread more awareness about Ground Up and get our nut butters in as many stores as possible. We're grateful for her passion!

Lifting Womxn Up

Our team is comprised of womxn from all backgrounds and walks of life. We are proud to be a part of this inspiring team of capable, motivated and smart womxn. Womxn who are getting back on their feet, thanks to you.

Meet Melanie

Production Associate

Melanie has quickly become a pro in all aspects of the kitchen...you can find her mixing nut butter, lidding, tampering jars + more! We are grateful for her positive energy and willingness to try new things!

Meet Sarah

Community Coordinator

If you've ever contacted us via phone or email, Sarah's probably the lovely soul you got to speak with! She handles all customer care, social media, marketing and community management. (OH, and she runs our Butterbassador program, too!)

Meet Rhae

Director of Operations

Rhae keeps all things running smoothly at Ground Up HQ! She not only oversees our entire operations team, but she also ensures every order gets filled and every jar of nut butter meets our quality standards. (In other words, she's a rockstar.)

Meet Katrina

Operations Manager

Katrina leads the kitchen and warehouse crews with positivity and an incredible work ethic! They know how to have fun in the workplace + always have a smile, no matter the situation!

Meet Aydia

Assistant Operations Manager

Aydia oversees many parts of the Ground Up operation and does so with ease. She enjoys cooking + experimenting with recipes, so she's a natural at mixing and flavor development!

Meet Julie


Julie leads sales and partnerships at Ground Up, and as an avid athlete, nut butter is an easy sell for her! Julie also oversees Ground Up's employment training program.


Meet Carolyn


Carolyn is the creative mastermind behind Ground Up's delicious and unique nut butter flavors, and oversees marketing, ecommerce and finance at Ground Up.


Program Graduates

Meet Melissa

Kitchen Crew

Melissa worked on our kitchen team, but during the holidays, she also stepped up to learn fulfillment! She's a hard worker and always willing to learn new tasks in order to help out + hop in when needed.

Meet Mandy

Kitchen Crew

You can find Mandy mixing, roasting coconut, lidding jars, and happily hopping in wherever they're needed. We're so grateful for their upbeat, positive attitude and the way they are always lifting others up - in true Ground Up spirit!

Meet Cian

Labeling Supervisor

Cian was a master at labeling and a core member of our kitchen crew! She always had a positive attitude and a smile on her face, despite what life throws her way.

Meet Gabrielle

Program Graduate

In the kitchen, Gabrielle’s favorite job was mixing nut butter. She's now moved on from Ground Up to work in security and continue to the next step on her career path!

Meet Sandra

Program Graduate

When asked about the community at Ground Up, Sandra says, “We respect each other, love each other, help each other through not just work but personal issues too. You can always trust that you have someone there for you.”

Meet J

Program Graduate

J could label for hours on end, with a smile on her face and music blasting in her headphones. She has now graduated from our training program and moved into full time employment at Transition Projects!

Meet Jessica

Kitchen Crew

Jessica was a creative, bright and energetic part of our kitchen crew! She loved coming up with clever "questions of the day" to ask at our morning team meetings, and she quickly became a pro in the kitchen!

Meet Shawna

Kitchen Crew

Shawna was a pro in the kitchen... You could find her roasting coconut, filling jars or mixing nut butter. She is a huge fan of 2000's R&B and loves encouraging the team to take much needed dance breaks in the kitchen!

Meet Tiffany

Warehouse Manager

The first person to master our filling machine, Tiffany was a crucial member of our kitchen team. She has done nearly every role at Ground Up, ultimately becoming our Warehouse Manager (and lead forklift operator)!

Meet Erika

Kitchen Lead + Marketing Intern

Erika was our Lead Filler, meaning she puts together and takes apart our filling machine (which is a very impressive task)! She also learned marketing and social media at Ground Up—and hopes to pursue work in that field upon graduating!

Meet Sam

Kitchen Crew

Sam is not only one of our kitchen crew members, but she is also a talented artist! We appreciate her hard work, positive attitude and willingness to jump in wherever she's needed.