Definition

Cornucopians are optimists combining creative and scientific potential with the goodness and abundance of nature to seek better and innovative solutions for human and planetary health.

Our Core Values

Value Creativity

Work with leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in a range of fields and with diverse backgrounds to find unexpected solutions

Be Patient

Use unique capabilities and networks to support founders in the real investment of time and capital required to achieve quality

Bring Out the Goodness and Genius in Nature

Our remarkable body biochemistry and the food that supports it are brilliantly designed

Commit to Scientific and Professional Integrity

Build deep and accountable relationships with best-in-class experts; don’t let your goals cloud your judgement

Work with Urgency

The world needs solutions

Be an Optimist

Every day can build a better future

Focus On Results

Drive real results for real people

A few of the Cornucopians dedicated to advancing our vision, mission and strategy throughout the world…

Aryeh Ganz Managing Partner

Aryeh founded Cornucopian Capital with the vision to make impact-driven investments in innovative food and health technology companies. He’s also a co-founder and managing partner of Barnstorm Foundry, a Bay Area-based venture studio focused on building 2-3 companies per year in the food and health sectors. Through Barnstorm Foundry, Aryeh forged a groundbreaking relationship with the Innovation Institute for Food and Health at UC Davis, both sharing the mission to improve everyday health through better, innovative food solutions. Aryeh is also the founder and principal of SAGEN Trust Company, Inc. (“SAGEN”), a private family office operating since 2001 after his family’s sale of Slim Fast Foods. SAGEN has made numerous successful investments in private equity and venture capital in the US, China, India and Western Europe. Aryeh has also founded numerous non-profits and projects in Israel, the U.S. and the U.K. addressing poverty, social services, community development, and Torah education.

Wesley Wilson General Partner

Wesley is a General Partner at Cornucopian Capital, advancing its strategy to make impact driven investments focused on the connection between health and food. Wesley brings extensive career experience in retail, food, public health, and agriculture at organizations like Walmart, Mars, USAID, NASA, and the World Economic Forum. In addition to his role at Cornucopian, he serves as the Executive Chair of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Chairman for the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems. He has also played an instrumental role in the creation of Barnstorm Foundry and is currently the Chairman of its Advisory Board. In addition to his passion for health and food, Wesley enjoys cooking and being outdoors with his family, and is an avid mountain biker who coaches a youth mountain biking team.

Rachelle Peluso Operating Partner

Rachelle is an Operating Partner at Cornucopian Capital leading its operations and legal affairs. She also serves as President of SAGEN Trust Company, Inc. (“SAGEN”), a private family office for Cornucopian’s founder, holding additional roles as a Director of its Board and member of its Investment and Trust Committees. She also serves on various committees for other private trust companies.  Rachelle was formerly a partner in the Private Clients Group at Cassin, Cassin & Joseph LLP and practiced with Torys LLP, Proskauer Rose, LLP and Hannoch Weisman, P.C. Rachelle has an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.S. in Marketing from New York University Stern School of Business. An avid supporter and lover of the culinary arts, Rachelle believes that “Eat to live or live to eat?” should not be a choice.

Chris Corcione Operating Partner

Chris is an Operating Partner at Cornucopian Capital and is responsible for managing its financial affairs. He also serves as Investment Officer of SAGEN Trust Company, Inc. (“SAGEN”), a private family office for Cornucopian’s founder, and serves as a member of SAGEN’s Investment and Audit Committees. Prior to joining SAGEN, Chris held roles at Bessemer Trust Company and Deloitte. Chris is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Isenberg). As a vegetarian/flexitarian for over twenty years, Chris is eager to partner with companies looking to transform the global food system.

William Zhang Research Analyst

Will is a Research Analyst at Cornucopian Capital who performs market research, company due diligence, financial analysis, and leads Cornucopian’s talent acquisition process.  He received a B.A. degree with Honors in Physics and Computer Science from Williams College and a Sigma Xi designation for his thesis work on experimental dark matter searches.  Prior to joining Cornucopian Capital, Will worked as a physicist searching for rare particle decays with the Majorana Demonstrator—an international particle physics collaboration of 60+ scientists—and as a Healthcare Analytics Consultant at Guidehouse.  Will is a longtime competitive swimmer and enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and collecting tea.

Sibel Kaya Operations Associate

Sibel is an Operations Associate at Cornucopian Capital, supporting its Founder and Managing Partner, Aryeh Ganz, as well as its General and Operating Partners.  Through her role at Cornucopian, she also provides operating, IT, communications and administrative support to Barnstorm Foundry, a Bay Area-based venture studio co-founded by Aryeh.  Sibel is instrumental in ensuring that both organizations run in an efficient, effective, and organized manner.  Prior to joining Cornucopian, she served as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Senior Leadership team of a large manufacturing company , where she helped develop, facilitate, and manage the company’s strategic plan, served as Project Manager for various initiatives, and supported the Board of Directors in serving the company.  She received a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology with honors from William Paterson University.  Being passionate about food and health, Sibel is thrilled to be helping Cornucopian fulfill its mission!

Justin Siegel, PhD Advisor

Justin currently serves as the Faculty Director for the Innovation Institute for Food and Health, an Associate Professor in the Department of Genome Center, Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, and as the Ciocca Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.  Justin has founded numerous companies, including BioArchitecture Labs, PvP Biologics, Digestiva, Peak B, and is a Founder and Partner of Barnstorm Foundry. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis (‘05), and obtained his PhD in Biological Physics, Structure, and Design from the University of Washington (‘10).

Carl Schramm Advisor

Carl is a globally recognized expert in entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth.  He has founded and and helped finance multiple startups and authored numerous works, including most recently, Burn the Business Plan; What Successful Entrepreneurs Really Do.  He is chair of the technical board for Apple’s Global Programming Academy, a founding board member of the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Templeton World Charities Foundation and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  A former CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s most influential organization promoting entrepreneurship, the Economist once called Schramm “The evangelist of entrepreneurship.”  While on the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Carl received two consecutive Career Scientist Awards from NIH.  He holds the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester and five honorary doctorates.   Carl earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, his J.D. at Georgetown, and is currently a University Professor at Syracuse. 

Phil Johnston Advisor

Phil brings decades of expertise in executive recruitment and leadership and plays a key role in supporting Cornucopian’s talent acquisition and company building capabilities. He is currently a Senior Partner at Spencer Stuart based in San Francisco and specializing in Biopharma, CEO/Board recruitment and Leadership Advisory Services.  He started his career at American Hospital Supply Corp. (AHSC), now Baxter, rotating through multiple roles.  Post AHSC, as VP of Human Resources, Phil helped launch two early stage software companies, later acquired by Lucent. In addition to his client facing work, he led all Western regional offices of Spencer Stuart before transferring to Singapore as Managing Director of Southeast Asia. Phil attended University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in Psychology and a Master’s in Industrial Relations at Carlson School of Management. He is also a Hudson certified executive coach.