Responsible for management and culinary operations.
Natasha Poniatowski, Founder & CEO
With an undergraduate degree in international relations from Boston University and a master’s degree in business management from the Harvard School of Continuing Education, Natasha worked in the private-equity sector in New York and London before founding her first business—a fashion showroom and consultancy called LuxCartel. There, Natasha provided logistical, press, and sales support to fashion and lifestyle brands such as Anndra Neen, Kalmanovich, Marlo Laz, and Ralph Masri, among others, helping them achieve their unique business objectives. Natasha has always been passionate about connecting people to world cultures through consumer products, and has traveled the world extensively in her work at LuxCartel. As a second-time business founder with Laroot World, she brings leadership expertise, a strong business network, and operational acumen to the project.
Megan Brown, Co-founder & Culinary Director
An alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Megan has ten years of experience as a professional chef. They are currently the executive chef at the Graduate Hotel Roosevelt Island, leading the kitchens of its Anything at All restaurant and Panorama Room bar and lounge. In addition to their formal education, Megan has worked with the renowned chefs Marcus Samuelsson, John Fraser, and Michael Cimarusti, who helped steer Megan’s culinary direction toward sustainable foods as well as recipes inspired by modern African diasporas and the Mediterranean. Having grown up on the South Side of Chicago, which is considered a food desert, Megan has made full utilization and access to healthy food a focal point of their vision, and is particularly keen on spaces where food and philanthropy intersect.
FOUNDING ADVISORY BOARD
Two sisters and one cousin, the originators of the idea. Although not involved in day-to-day operations, they are integral to the company's vision.
Yana Alcivar, Founding Member
Educated at Emerson College in Boston and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Yana is a creative operator with profound knowledge of the guiding principles of nutrition. Before joining Laroot World, Yana worked in the New York art world as a studio manager for the celebrated artist Francesco Clemente. She heads the creative and communications aspects of the company, running its content outlets and connecting with clientele. Also, as a Health Coach certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), Yana, in collaboration with our medical advisory board and executive chef, ensures that every Laroot dish provides an ideal nutritional profile.
Anya Goldansky, Founding Member
A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Anya is a growth and product marketing professional with experience across a wide range of industries. At 27 years old, Anya is the youngest member of the team, and has already held positions at Verizon Media, Spotify, and, presently, Parsley Health. She is especially-well versed in the technology sector of today’s business operations. At Laroot World, Anya advises the team on the marketing strategy and tech sides of the company.