Founder and CEO
Emily Stone is the Founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, a group of Transparent Trade cacao operations including Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize) and Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala). Emily spent 2010-2017 living in Guatemala and Belize launching the operations at origin and working directly with farmers to implement centralized post-harvest processing, improve quality, and grow production. Now based in Berkeley CA, Emily leads Uncommon Cacao’s work supplying delicious, high quality, transparently-sourced cacao from about 5,000 smallholder farmers across 8+ countries to over 200 craft and premium chocolate makers globally. Emily is an Ashoka Fellow and Unreasonable Fellow, and recipient of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association’s 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Outstanding Contribution at Origin in Sustainability of Fine Chocolate.