Rady Alum Pierre Sleiman (MBA '13) Honored by the White House and USDA as a "Champion of Change" for Agriculture

Pierre Sleiman

Rady School alum Pierre Sleiman (MBA '13), founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, received a "Champions of Change" award in July from the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sleiman was among 15 "Champions of Change," leaders from across the country who are revolutionizing farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers in agriculture.

Sleiman received the award at a ceremony featuring USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers have access to the programs and support they need. The event also included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America's farmers and ranchers. Sleiman then traveled to the White House where he had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.

Located in Encinitas, California, Go Green Agriculture is an innovative agriculture company that grows produce inside climate-controlled greenhouses using hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil. Go Green Agriculture sells its Happy Living brand organic lettuce in Barons Market, Sprouts and Whole Foods, among other retailers.

"I've always liked technology, engineering, mathematics and science and one day I discovered that agriculture has all these components. Youth today aren't really aware that all of these components are highly applicable to agriculture," said Sleiman during the event. "It's that innovation, creativity and energy that I look to inspire in youth."

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

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