Zachary Damato has spent his career working/consulting on environmental issues ranging from food waste to food start-ups to river conservation. He founded and co-owned a specialty and organic food distribution company (www.normandistribution) and was an associated mentor for Techstars (www.techstars.com) in New York City. He is now COO & co-founder of Niwa (www.getniwa.com), a company that designs smart hydroponic systems that are software enabled. Additionally, he is a co-founder of Urban Rivers (www.urbanriv.org) that focuses on turning urban riverways into wildlife sanctuaries and his team is now spearheading a mile-long park, known as the Wild Mile, in the Chicago River.
Zachary loves to experiment in the kitchen, play basketball and explore new cultures. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Management and a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Purdue University and Tsinghua University.