Marcella Butler

Chief Operating Officer at AppHarvest

Marcella Butler joined AppHarvest in 2020 following leadership roles at companies including Impossible Foods and Google. She served as Impossible Foods' first Chief People Officer during a time of explosive growth in the company. She also established a series of employee resource groups, conducted the first pay equity analysis, expanded employee benefits, and drove the creation of a highly successful summer internship program. Prior to joining Impossible Foods, she served as Senior Vice President of People at Opower, an enterprise software company focused on energy efficiency. She also worked for five years at Google, serving as both Director of HR and Staffing for Product Management then Global Lead of M&A Operations and Integration. During her tenure, Google completed more than 50 acquisitions with Marcella’s teams leading integration activities across the globe. Marcella holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as a bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Her hobbies include cycling and hiking with her dogs. Her cycling focuses on ultra-long distances. Since 2007 she has achieved the Super Randonneur title awarded to those completing 200-, 300-, 400- and 600-kilometer rides during the same season.
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