Will Raap

Will Raap works to create and nurture local food, renewable energy, waste recycling and land restoration enterprises that support a more sustainable economy and future. His innovative efforts extend from the mountains of Vermont to the tropical forests of Costa Rica. He is the founder and chairman of Gardener’s Supply, a Vermont-based, employee-owned family of companies known for its innovative and socially responsible business practices. He also founded and was past chairman of the Intervale Center, a non-profit organization that develops farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Expanding the Intervale Center’s mission into Costa Rica, Will co-founded Restoring Our Watershed, an initiative that aims to restore the Nandamojo River and its surrounding 29,000 acre watershed through community and business engagement. Will is a founder and member of the New Economy Coalition Board of Directors and has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards including Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Land Trust, Intervale Center, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, University of Vermont School of Environment and Natural Resources, Champlain College, Living Technologies and Seventh Generation. He holds a BA in Economics from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Business and Urban Planning from UC Berkeley.