Meet the Kalera team.

An extraordinary challenge demands a remarkable team. To push the vertical farming agenda forward globally, extraordinary people from different backgrounds and cultures come together, overcoming obstacles and finding new ways. All to fulfill our mission to provide communities with nutrient-rich, locally grown greens all year long.

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Meet our management team

Jim Leighton
Chief Executive Officer

President of Perdue Foods, CEO/MD Ingham’s Group Ltd (Australia), COO/Interim CEO Boulder Brands, Senior Leadership positions with ConAgra Foods, The Hain-Celestial Group and Nabisco. Former Board Member with Aryzta (Zurich Switzerland), Boulder Brands and Inghams Group Ltd. Adjunct Faculty Member Keller Graduate School of Business, Mentor University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Advisor Trailhead Capital Boulder, CO.

Published Author, Pilot and Entrepreneur.  

Cristian Toma, PhD

Over 30 years of experience in start-ups, technology development and R&D management

PhD in Electronics Engineering and PDEng Degree in SW Technology

Sandra Rodarmel
Chief Financial Officer

The principles guiding our actions

We believe that strong values result in strong thinking which result in strong actions. That’s why we defined three clear principles to help us scale our company to a major player in the agriculture space.

Do the right thing, always.

When we interact with our employees, our customers, our partners, vendors and suppliers, our shareholders and investors, and the world/communities we serve, we do the right thing, always! This means we will act with integrity. We will treat others how we would like to be treated. We will make responsible decisions that are in support of our mission, even when no one is watching.

Own it, all of it.

Ownership of all we do is critical to your success and the success of the company! Going above and beyond, completing the task at hand, helping others even though it might not be clearly your responsibility, and taking full responsibility of a situation are all examples of own it, all of it!

Nurture collaboration.

At Kalera, we cultivate a workplace where teamwork, cooperation, and communication are paramount. We know that the best solutions come from diverse perspectives, supporting an environment where sharing knowledge, skills, and resources across all levels enhances collective success and innovation.

Cultivate diversity. 

We embrace and promote diversity within the workforce and business practices. We welcome a wide variety of perspectives, and promote inclusivity to enrich our community and foster innovative solutions.

Join our growing team

Would you like to join a company on the forefront of the next agricultural revolution? We would love to have you join our team! Kalera has careers spanning many different skill sets and experience levels.

On the production line, we have careers with harvesting, pruning, packing, shipping & receiving. Our horticulturists monitor the health and safety of our plants through the growth cycle and test new plant species and varieties in our R&D facility. Be the face of our company to our customers in sales, or help us reach potential customers through marketing. Automate and collect data to help drive business decisions in Information Technology. Click the link below and apply for one of our open positions!


Giving back

At Kalera, we believe that our greens can change the world. We start with this change in our communities by getting involved and giving back.

We are proud to partner with these great organizations working together to end poverty, fight hunger and bring hope to those in need.

Up Orlando

United Against Poverty is proud to be serving our community during these difficult times, and we could use your help! Join us in our purpose of inspiring and empowering people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.



Part of our 2020+ Vision is to reduce family homelessness and childhood hunger.


Second Harvest Food Bank

Our mission is to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. Learn how we Feed, Empower, Nourish and Engage the community to help end hunger.


Catholic Charities of Central Florida

We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially poor and vulnerable.


Harvest Time International

Responding to disasters by sending supplies, food, water to help rebuild communities.


Christian Service Center

To prevent homelessness, combat poverty, cultivate self-sufficiency, restore hope and glorify God through the faithful provision of services that directly address physical, emotional and spiritual needs for families and individuals who are struggling in Central Florida.


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