At CSI, we’re delighted to have so many amazing members - from nonprofits to social impact entrepreneurs - and we’re excited to bring you a Member Monday series where we’ll be highlighting some of the people that make this community so special. Today, we’re chatting with Jake Sloan, Executive Director of Naturally Austin.
Tell us a little about Naturally Austin? Naturally Austin exists to excite Austin’s Natural & Consumer Products ecosystem. That means providing access to education, community & resources to anyone & everyone in the Natural & Consumer product industry in Central Texas. From making investment connections, to educating teams & founders on how to build brands - we want to be the spark that ignites the Natural & Consumer Products industry.
What do you wish more people knew about the natural products world? That it has the power to sustain the planet & our lives. I know that sounds lofty, but we are hearing from natural products companies who have found processes to produce products with a carbon negative footprint.
What do you love about working at Relay/CSI? It feels like I’m in a universe of conscious innovators. I’m constantly bumping into people doing amazing work that positively impacts society & because of that, I’m inspired to do amazing work everyday.
When you're not at Relay, where can we find y'all having fun? I’m likely at Deep Eddy Pool or some other great outdoor offering that comes with living in Austin. If not that, either a record store or at home hanging out with my wife & our new friend, Willa June (she’s our daughter & she’s pretty great. She’s 10 months old).