Lauren Mehler Pradhan

Director/ general manager

Grow North




Lauren Mehler Pradhan turns passion into action. With a broad mission of improving the food system—and making sure Minnesota leads the charge—she spearheaded the Twin Cities’ inaugural Food, Ag, Ideas Week, which brought together more than 1,000 people from all segments of the food chain, including Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, growers, retailers, investors, and nonprofit leaders. It was her highest-profile success to date as founding director of Grow North, an initiative of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota that is funded in large part by General Mills, where Pradhan worked for 12 years. At Grow North, she’s connecting the dots throughout the food ecosystem in a new way.