Co-founder & CEO
As an African Studies major at Harvard, Laura studied abroad in Tanzania. In the markets of Arusha she purchased a caterpillar from a street vendor. Tossing all caution to the wind and forgoing her vegetarian ways, Laura bit down on her future. “It tastes like lobster!” she cried. And thus Chirps was born.
While at Chirps, Laura has been racking up accolades such as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark Tank entrepreneur, Cupid's Cup winner, Echoing Green climate fellow, and Mass Challenge winner. She is living proof that you can do anything with an African Studies degree.
She is also one of our resident vegetarians and is trying hard to make “entotarian” a thing.
Co-founder & Creative Director
Meryl got her B.A. at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies, an MFA in design from School of Visual Arts, has done visual design for several early-stage startups, and is getting her MBA from the Yale School of Management. Impressive right?
When Meryl isn’t collecting credentials, she can be found in her New Haven kitchen with her elbows deep in cricket flour baking up a storm, reading non-fiction by one of her favorite female authors, or telling her dog Moses that he’s a very good boy.
Co-founder & Advisor
Rose is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark Tank entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, Echoing Green climate fellow, and is an ELLE Impact award winner. She is living proof that you can do anything with a Psychology degree.
Rose has been at Chirps since day one but has moved on to an advisory role. While she is no longer part of the day to day at Chirps you can still find her chugging our chocolate cricket protein powder at random hours of day and night.
What is almost as difficult as selling bugs you ask? Selling ginger! Liz was influential in developing the once almost non-existent market for ginger in North America to what it is today. Liz has 10 years of experience and a degree in economics and math from UCSB. She is driven by her passion to promote sustainability in our food supply for her children and for future generations.
Liz has two young boys (which is probably where she got the idea to put gummy worms in her ice cream) whom she adores. As a family, they enjoy hiking local parks, cooking, and dancing, sometimes at the same time (we do not recommend this).
Creative Marketing Manager
Meghan never wanted to be the marketing manager of anything. Yet here we are! She has a B.S. in environmental science and a background in wildlife conservation, education, and food. Meghan came to Chirps for the opportunity to make a lasting impact on that which she cares about the most: our food system!
When Meghan is not spreading the buzz or crushing back bags of cheddar Chirps, she likes to go to the beach when it’s storming, cook glorious vegetarian meals, and read books. She also has a dog that looks eerily similar to her.
Business Development Manager
After graduating from Pitzer College with a dual degree in Organismal and Human Biology, Jenna researched Mosquito migration with the National Instuties of Health and then managed a Citizen Science project focusing on ants and other insects in people's backyards with the California Academy of Sciences. She really knows her bugs.
From hawking comedy club tickets in Times Square as a teenager to convincing people to care about the complex lives of ants, Jenna could sell you on eating bugs in her sleep. When she's not talking about insects, you can find her lounging on Ocean beach with a bottle of funky natural wine or feverishly knitting.