We're Ora Organic

We make ridiculously nutritious plant-based products that make people and the planet healthier.

When we began searching for supplements that matched our high standards for food we quickly realized there was a huge problem in the space. Companies were bottling cheap, synthetic chemicals in ugly and unsustainable packaging – making the whole supplement experience an unenjoyable mess.

Ora Organic was created by and for healthy foodies to replace synthetic supplements with nutrients from organic & sustainable sources. That means omega-3 from microalgae and protein from plants!

And because we love food, our very own chef created delicious organic flavors for our products! Because #yum

All of our products are: Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free and made with Organic, Plant-based Whole Foods.

Kia Ora!

We’re an American and New Zealand team hell-bent on creating better nutrition! ‘Ora’ comes from the New Zealand Maori greeting ‘Kia Ora’ which literally translates to ‘be well’. To us, that means creating quality nutritional products using sustainable sourcing and of course downright delicious flavors! We’re creative and passionate about what we do, and we love food (A LOT). Meet the founding team:
Will Smelko - CEO, Ora Organic Will Smelko Team & thought leader. Part man, part bear. Sustainability crusader. Can grow a full beard in 3 days #OrganicBeardOil

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder. Visionary and foodie, upon graduating from UC Berkeley Will started his career in operations consulting for big pharma and healthcare companies and soon realized that there was an opportunity for plant-based nutrition to both mitigate climate change and look after his own health.

 

Ora was then born out of a desire to empower others to take charge of their own wellbeing by providing them with the knowledge and tools to do so. Together with Erica, Ron and Sebastian, Will created Ora to reflect his own values of organic farming, sustainable harvesting practices, and plant-derived nutrition.

Ron Chang - Chief Operating Officer, Ora Organic Ron Chang Chef & Sales. Flavor matchmaker, food fanatic and incapable of cooking for less than 7 people. Chief Operations Officer, Co-Founder & Chef. As the tastebuds of the operation, Ron is a professionally trained chef who cooked for Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic Jonathan Gold and also graduated from UC Berkeley (#GoBears). Coming from a long line of restaurateurs Ron never quite envisioned himself in the supplement industry but, when approached by freshman year Berkeley roommate Will, knew that Ora’s mission was too important to pass up.
Erica Bryers Co-founder. Responsible for cat memes, daily protein smoothies, sass levels and these terrible bios #sorrynotsorry. Chief Marketing Officer & Co-founder. Erica received her first degree in Art and Design (why do you think Ora’s packaging looks so nice?) before continuing on to study business information systems and business law and, ultimately, starting her own digital marketing firm with her brother, Sebastian. With a focus on branding, digital presence, and strategies, Erica stepped in to save Will from certain design disaster and has been heading the marketing team at Ora ever since.
Sebastian Bryers - Chief Technology Officer, Ora Organic Sebastian Bryers Growth hacking hero. Black coffee, beaches, guitar, computer stuff and telling us off for sending too many e-mails. Based in Vancouver, Canada. Chief Technology Officer. With a background in business information systems, Sebastian began his tech career developing financial software for investment banks. In his free time he taught himself front-end web development, eventually allowing him to start his own business in web design and digital marketing with his sister, Erica. Seb now uses his coding and business skills to fine tune Ora’s growth strategy across all platforms.
Danielle Schramm - Digital Marketing Coordinator, Ora Organic Danielle Schramm Social content wizard, dog-lover and outdoorsy San Diegan (Diegoan? Diegite?). Doesn’t need coffee early in the morning because she already has ALL THE ENERGY Community Manager. Always intrigued by the healthcare industry, Danielle prioritized health and nutrition as a part of her degree in biological sciences. She believes in the power of preventative care and enjoys sharing her knowledge of wellness and Ora products with anyone who asks.
Gerry Wong - Director of Product Development, Ora Organic Gerry Wong The Veteran. 15+ years experience developing the highest quality, best tasting nutritional products on the market. Director of Product Development and Ora’s best kept secret. Gerry’s been working in the supplement industry since 2002 doing everything from business development and sales to product formulation, sourcing, and manufacturing. Feeling called to create supplements that were sustainable, he specialized in organic certified products from early on in his career.
profile-anna-aguon Anna Aguon Product & Operations. Wickedly funny and a total nerd. Rock climbing badass and purveyor of good vibes. Production and Operations Manager.  With five years in the supplement industry, Anna’s the one upholding Ora’s quality standards on a daily basis and ensuring consistency and efficiency across the production team.
profile-troy-prisbrey Troy Prisbrey Sales charmer. Fitness and nutrition geek with an eye for business. A real people person with a wit to match. Account Manager. Currently working towards his degree in business management (with an emphasis on entrepreneurship) Troy has over four years experience in customer relations and sales, and prioritizes fitness and nutrition in his day to day, while practicing his photography on scenic hikes around California.

Hold on to your Kombucha honey!

Have you really thought about what goes into making most supplements? You might be surprised - a Vitamin C tablet doesn’t necessarily come from fruit, and your Vitamin D tablets definitely aren’t made from sunlight.

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