MENTOR // Dan MacCombie’s Bio
Dan MacCombie is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating new pathways and models for connecting communities, livelihoods, food, and ecosystems in a way that re-imagines how we can connect with our planet.
After studying marine biology and sustainable development at Brown, Dan and his partners wrote the business plan for Runa, an Amazonian tea company, in 2008. Upon graduation, they moved to Ecuador to found the company, eventually growing it to support over 3,000 farmers’ sustainable livelihoods, planting hundreds of thousands of guayusa tea trees in agroforestry systems. Runa is now sold in over 10,000 stores in the US and Canada, and has received numerous press and recognitions for their work, including Forbes 30 under 30. Dan now works as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a social investment fund focusing on food systems and urban development in Latin America. Alongside that, Dan is increasingly focused on writing, speaking, and developing programming to support men in being better humans, partners, coworkers, and leaders in society. When he’s not building and growing businesses, Dan loves skiing, scuba diving, biking, photography, woodworking, and exploring NYC and the world at large.