About Steward

What We Do

Our mission is to promote environmental and economic stewardship through regenerative agriculture. We do this by providing flexible loans to human-scale farms, ranches, fisheries, and food producers looking to propel their operations forward.

But we don’t do it alone—Steward gives qualified lenders the opportunity to purchase loan participations, advancing our mission by helping to fund the growth of regenerative agriculture in their community or across the country.

Planting the Seeds of Investment
Planting the Seeds of Investment

What Matters Most

Regenerative - practices that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watershed health, sequester more carbon than they release, and enhance ecosystem services.

Sustainable - holistic approaches that sustain working lands, natural resources, and local communities.

Human-scale - operations that engage more “hands on the land”, establishing a productive and restorative scale of agricultural management.

Appropriate - right-sized and suitable for a specific community, location, or operation.

Equitable - systems and businesses that support underserved groups and empower communities.

Where We Came From

Our Team

Dan Miller
Founder & CEO

Dan founded Steward to combine his background in finance, real estate, and technology with his passion for agriculture, which stems from his maternal family who have been farming on the Eastern Shore of Maryland since the 1880s. He is driven by a desire to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Dan was previously Co-Founder, President, and Director of Fundrise, the first and largest real estate crowdfunding platform, which has raised over $4 billion from 400,000 investors since inception.

Dan received a B.S. and a M.B.A from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in London, UK.

Ryan Anderson
Chief Operating Officer

Ryan joined Steward in 2021 after working in both farming and politics. He owned and operated an urban farm in Detroit, Michigan for seven seasons and later served as Chief of Staff for a U.S. Representative. As Steward's COO, Ryan leads the team in setting our course, priorities, and goals.

Bridget Helgerson
SVP of Operations

Bridget joined Steward in 2020 after spending seven years as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both Los Angeles and London. She supported the early development of Steward’s lending model and now leads our finance, accounting, and investor relations functions.

John Kramer
General Counsel

John joined Steward in 2021 after decades of experience as in-house securities and corporate counsel in the financial services industry. John worked at JPMorgan Chase for almost 15 years and subsequently worked with several growth stage businesses with a focus on renewable energy.

Jerome Guilbot
VP of Technology

Jerome joined Steward in 2018 with more than a decade of experience in developing first-class online financial platforms. As our VP of Technology, Jerome leads product development, platform infrastructure, and data security. He is an avid motorcyclist and adventurer.

Alissa Welker
VP of Operations

Alissa joined Steward in 2020 after working for several years with various agriculture start-up companies. As VP of Operations, Alissa leads projects from their initial stages through funding and servicing. She is an expert on agriculture and sustainability and gave a TEDx Talk on the topic in 2023.

Michael O'Mara
VP of Credit

Michael joined Steward in 2022 after spending more than a decade working in commercial real estate financing. As our VP of Credit, Michael leads the loan underwriting, business analysis, and risk assessment processes. He has a deep passion for agriculture and good food.

Jesse McDougall
VP of Marketing

Jesse joined Steward in 2023, having worked in marketing and content development since the late ‘90s. In 2012, he shifted his life and career into farming where he and his wife founded Studio Hill, a 350-acre regenerative farm and Savory Institute Hub in Vermont.

Jess Whitney
Staff Accountant

Jess joined the Steward team in 2023. After spending her earlier years working around the country on farms and in land stewardship, she launched a new career as a CPA and worked for many years in tax and audit accounting. As our Staff Accountant, Jess combines her talent for numbers with her love of farming.

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Whether you’re growing food or want to advance the regenerative agriculture movement, together we can strengthen communities, re-nourish the soil, and put the pieces of a broken food system back together. Join us by becoming a steward today.

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