Erica Riel-Carden's background spans agriculture, food, biotechnology, agricultural technology, finance, and contracts. She has prepared companies for capital, corporate, and intellectual property transactions. Erica earned her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.S. in Agriculture, cum laude, from The Ohio State University.
Before law school, Erica grew wholesale Ericaceous flowers in Northern Ohio and assisted with the preservation of ornamental plant germplasm for the USDA-ARS. During law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, Volume 31, and was awarded the ABA-BNA Excellence in Intellectual Property Award.
Erica is a Mentor for the University of California Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and several innovation programs in Silicon Valley. Erica frequently speaks on AgTech and FoodTech investment matters for private and corporate venture funds, international cooperatives, incubators and accelerators, university collaborations, trade organizations, and industry events. She maintains FINRA Series 63 and 79 securities registrations and is admitted to practice law in California.