Co-owner, president & CEO of Frieda’s, Karen Caplan is the eldest daughter of Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan. Her passion for produce was cultivated at a young age, which she explored at UC Davis, earning a B.S. in Agricultural Economics & Business Management. She has served on numerous boards in leadership positions, including the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank board, Los Angeles branch, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Cal Poly Pomona. A leader with a heart, Karen keeps a strong connection with fellow industry members. Karen is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist on leadership, innovation and produce trends. She also writes a weekly blog.