Co-Founder and CEO
Ashley Dombkowski, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and CEO of BEFORE Brands™, a consumer-focused product platform focused on health and wellness for parents and families. She co-founded the company in 2015 with Dr. Kari Nadeau, the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. She has 20 years of experience as an operating executive, entrepreneur, and investor in fields spanning consumer health and life sciences. Her portfolio of innovative biotechnology, medical device, consumer health and HCIT companies has included 23andMe, Adolor, Alnara, BioVitrum, Epizyme, iPierian, Neosil, Nevro, Rigel, Tercica, and Twist. She previously served as a Managing Director with Bay City Capital, a $1.6B venture capital firm. Prior to that she served as Chief Business Officer and Vice President of Operations for 23andMe, where she oversaw the company’s finance and operations activities and had responsibility for the company’s long term business strategy. Before to joining 23andMe, she was a Managing Director with MPM Capital where she served as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to this, she was an Equity Analyst for hedge fund Tiger Management L.L.C. and for institutional asset management firm Dresdner RCM Global Investors. Dr. Dombkowski holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rice University and received her B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College. She has been widely quoted in publications ranging from Nature to The Wall Street Journal and she has appeared in media outlets including CNBC, SXSW, and TedMed. She was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2010. She is a member of the Board of Directors of USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body for all disciplines of Volleyball as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and serves as Chair of the Audit, Finance, and Budget committee.
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris is the Chief Innovation Officer of BEFORE Brands™ and is responsible for all Product and Brand Development for the company. Chris was formerly the Chief Innovation Officer for Revolution Foods, a company that creates delicious foods to improve the health and wellbeing of students and families across the United States. Chris and his team led new product innovations, new services, new products, and new brands to further the growth of the Revolution mission. Chris was the founder of DINE, The Food & Drink Agency which was created to help food entrepreneurs launch and promote disruptive new food brands. In 2011, Chris sold DINE to Mattson, the largest independent food and beverage innovation company in the country. During his tenure, Chris and his team launched over 20 new food brands with 60+ SKUs. Chris began his branding and marketing career working with Klondike Ice Cream Bars, Betty Crocker and Yoplait Frozen Yogurt. Chris is a frequent speaker and featured contributor to business and food publications. He co-starred as one of the celebrity mentors on the Lifetime TV show "Supermarket Superstar."
Chief Operating Officer
Marc is the Chief Operating Officer for BEFORE Brands™ where he leads the company’s e-Commerce operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, IT and Support functions. Marc is a seasoned technology executive with a broad range of experiences with businesses at all levels of maturity and size. His background includes enterprise (Kodak, Intel, Hewlett Packard) and early stage companies (Snapfish, Minted, Symphony Commerce) spanning Direct to Consumer (D2C) and Business to Business (B2B) economic models. He was a founding employee and member of the executive management team responsible for building Snapfish.com and guiding it from conception to purchase by HP in 2005 for $300M. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer of Symphony Commerce, a SaaS technology platform providing commerce and fulfillment software to small and medium sized businesses. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for Minted.com, an online marketplace comprised of independent artists who sell their designs on printed and digital products. Marc has also held finance and strategy roles with both Eastman Kodak Company and Intel Corporation.
Ben is the VP of Finance for BEFORE Brands where he leads the company's finance, accounting, and treasury activities. Previously Ben served as Controller for 23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, and as Treasurer of the 23andMe Research Institute. Prior to 23andMe, Ben worked at Connor Group in its Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice where he assisted technology companies with complex revenue recognition issues and IPO filings. Prior to Connor Group, Ben worked as a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose, in the Life Science and Venture Capital Group, providing audit and assurance services to various public and privately held companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device spaces. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.