FOUNDING TEAM & PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
Chief Executive Officer
Harvest Nation’s technologically advanced aeroponic farming units were designed by Denise Pieratos, the company’s primary founder, who holds a Master’s in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With her education and 15 years of professional experience, Denise has the competency to take our company from an idea to the real thing. Her work as a member of a three-person team taking a skyscraper concept design to buildable drawings gave her the necessary acumen to work on projects of any scope and scale. Denise is confident Harvest Nation will become a model to emulate around the world for healthy and sustainable food production, even in the most seemingly impossible places, and able to change lives in significant and profound ways.
Chief Operations Officer
Ever since her sister Denise approached her with the idea of Harvest Nation, Tracey has been heavily involved in the planning process. Tracey uses her background in Business & Government Administration to ensure viable development. Her keen intuition and diversified talent make Tracey a vital member of the team. She is officially in charge of overseeing employee management responsibilities and crew workflow. Harvest Nation also sees Tracey contributing in as many other valuable ways as the company’s centralized hierarchical model makes possible. Tracey says she knows the company will run unlike any other entity she’s ever worked for, which makes sense because it’s predicated on an idea like no other. She studied at the College of Saint Benedict and Moorhead State University. Tracey is a caring, diligent community organizer.
Dani is deeply rooted in food and body sovereignty and food access. She’s a born dynamic leader and brings tenacity to her roles for Harvest Nation. Her recent work experience has been in tribal program administration – specifically as a former Office Manager for Bois Forte’s tribal housing program and education (B.A. With Honors, Stanford University). These have provided Dani with unique skills and perspectives to share with our team, which will prove invaluable in establishing our delivery networks, sales, and outreach. As of June 1, 2018, she resigned from the tribal government to focus on community building around the development of Harvest Nation. She holds interests across a host of social issues, including tribal sovereignty and sustainability. Above anything, Dani is motivated to make this world more livable, which is why she is so excited to contribute her talents to Harvest Nation.
Nikki brings a wealth of knowledge in finance, accounting, and strategic planning to Harvest Nation. While Nikki’s niche is in dollars and cents, the four of us know that healthy living is the bedrock of our mission. She received her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is currently the NDN Fund Managing Director for the NDN Collective. Previously, Nikki was the Project Director for the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She’s the Founder and former CEO/Manager of Northern Eagle Federal Credit Union, which serves Bois Forte community members. After thoughtful planning, the moving parts are finally starting to come together, and she’s ecstatic about what this means for our tribal community and the potential of the tech to serve people anywhere.
Harvest Nation has built relationships with consultants who match our caliber and are invested in our premise.
- Dunham & Associates
- Irrigation Design Studios
- Russell Hyppa Ltd. CPA
- Mary Lundeen, Northland SBDC Business Consultant
- Miranda Kishel, Entrepreneur Fund