Leadership Team


Elizabeth Pearce

Elizabeth Pearce is a finance and investment professional, with over 25 years of experience. For nearly a decade, she specialized in inter-generational wealth preservation strategies for successful individuals and high net-worth families. She has been an advisor to multiple startups, including service, manufacturing and green companies.

A fifth-generation Californian, Elizabeth spent her early childhood in Taiwan before the family returned to California. She has an undergraduate and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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KHinson 5.3.19

Katharine Hinson,
President, Science/Co-Founder

Katharine has been working on organic farms her entire life. Originally from Ohio, she has 12 years of experience cultivating plants in Oregon and California.

Her expertise is in Korean Natural Farming and other Asian composting methods. She has a focus on a variety of approaches to composting.

KHinson @ symsoil.com


Eli Bakofsky,
Chief Financial Officer

Eli is a highly accomplished Chief Financial Officer with broad experience in strategic planning, accounting, financial management and administrative functions in market-leading B2B/B2C SaaS, Internet, Software, Advertising/Digital Marketing, Consulting, Professional Services and Telecommunications companies.

Eli has proven managerial capabilities developing financial, marketing, and sales strategies; and raising money and managing relationships with the investment community.

EBakofsky @ symsoil.com

C. Lynn Lowder,
General Counsel

A Marine special operations team leader forged in the ultimate crucible of combat, Lynn received the Silver Star for valor, the Bronze Star with combat "v" and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. After the Marines, he went on to success as a trial attorney and later as a general counsel and C-level operating officer in several companies.

Lynn has also served on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Lynn's extensive, hands-on leadership and management experience in business, law and the military make him a unique source of hard-earned, real-world wisdom and know-how.

CLowder @ symsoil.com

CLanderos 5.3.19

Cuauhtomec Landeros
Vice President Science & Operations/Co-Founder

Cuauhtomec has been trained in Advanced Permaculture Design and the Soil Food Web. His passion is using the composting traditions of indigenous peoples of the Americas.

His research has taken him to Peru to learn about the fungal banking traditions of the descendants of the Incas for potato farming. He has taught permaculture farming and composting in California, Oregon, Hawaii, Peru, Haiti and Mexico.

CLanderos @ symsoil.com

PHirst 5.3.19

Peter Hirst,
Director of Co-Product Development,

Peter is a nationally recognized leader in biochar and related agricultural activities, as a principal contribution author toThe Biochar Revolution. Peter has been a guest speaker at every domestic biochar conference since 2009.

He has trained in Holistic Management with the Savory Institute and received his Permaculture Design Certificate studying directly with Albert Bates at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.
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