Raleigh Waller - Founder
May 2010 -Raised on ranches in the San Gabriel Valley, Raleigh cares for a 30 tree family orchard today. With family business in Los Angeles since 1917, he learned mechanical technology in high school and graduated in Accounting at USC, since high school investing summers in details of manufacturing heat transfer products in the Goodyear Tract.
After the family company was sold 1984, he earned a MBA from USC and CPA License (CA. Inactive) to complement operational and manufacturing skills. Working first as a CPA and on to successfully and turn around two manufacturing/engineering companies.
Seeing similar need of failing and starting companies he decided to use his skills as an entrepreneur and since 1995 was a co-founder or principal in eight startups; culminating in appointment as CFO for a public corporation 2012.
Seeking capital to build development stage companies he acquired three securities licenses between 2006 and 2007 (Series 7, 4, 66) and explored governance, systems and other elements to reduce early stage investment risk.
Pursuing a sustainable community investment structure with Founders Institute, when asked what a community fund would invest in; everyone responded well to a Local Sustainable Urban Farm. ImPact Farms was born.
Arghavan Sadeghi, MFT - Co-founder
September 2012 - May 2013Arghavan Sadeghi, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been in the mental health field for more than two decades. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she was an environmental chemist and received her B.A. in Soil and Water Chemistry at UC Davis. Currently, along with practicing psychotherapy, she is studying Global Sustainability at UCLA. She is fluent in Farsi and Spanish.
Ms. Sadeghi is a native of Iran whose childhood dreams were to help Iran achieve political independence by becoming food sufficient and serving the underserved areas in her country. These dreams have been transformed from revitalizing the deserts in Iran to revitalizing the food deserts in the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She dreams and works toward an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Los Angeles where its inhabitants share and enjoy wealth, health and leisure in an equitable manner.