Lauren Mehler Pradhan is the Founding Director and General Manager of Grow North, a resource and connection hub working to accelerate Minnesota's food and agriculture startup ecosystem. Lauren is passionate about the impact individuals and start-ups have in transforming our food system.

Prior to Grow North, Lauren worked for 12 years at General Mills in marketing where she led established brands, business turnarounds, health strategy, and new product development. In her career, she has imagined and developed new products and programs, grown heritage businesses, led successful brand turnarounds, and created comprehensive marketing and innovation strategies in retail grocery, away from home and international CPG.

Through her experiences, she has developed a unique expertise for channeling, translating, and bridging the motivations, actions, and experiences of large and small companies as well as for and non-profit enterprises. She has been consistently recognized as a strong leader that catalyzes both teams and cultures.

Lauren has a BA from Rutgers College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Lauren is on the board of No Kid Hungry Minneapolis, and an advisor for MN Dept of Ag AGRI New Markets Program, and the Feast! Local Food Network.