Verte Sante Venture Partners (VSVP) – pronounced "ver-sawn-tay" – is French for “Green Health.” We are a California-based limited liability company focused on bringing to market successful wellness-focused companies targeting this emerging demographic, which is defined as a particular market segment related to sustainable living, “green” ecological initiatives, and generally composed of a relatively upscale and well-educated population segment.


We work directly with our investees providing functional knowledge and industry expertise to accelerate growth and improve returns, providing more than just "Our 2 Cents":

Education | Connection | Community | Events | Experiences


Mark Griffin

Founding Partner

Mark is a passionate wellness entrepreneur with a successful history of business development and operations expertise. He has developed and sold several businesses in the wellness industry as well as held senior management positions with small and mid-sized companies.

Seasoned Executive Leader with significant expertise maximizing profits in the sustainable and organic products industry, ranging from vertical supply chains to retail consumer products. Talent for elevating companies to the next level.

Passionate Entrepreneur who drives change through innovation in lifestyle, health, and sustainability. Promotes a healthy planet, people, and profit. Founded, built, and operated industry-leading businesses in the natural and organic foods industry. Significant acquisition and integration experience.

Inspirational Manager and innovative problem solver, able to create solution-focused strategies. Steadfast consensus builder who inspires teamwork among disparate stakeholders and builds the focus necessary to achieve exceptional goals.


Jeff Silver

Partner & CFO

Jeff has nearly 30 years of corporate finance, private equity, M&A, investment banking, CFO, business development, and entrepreneurial executive management experience. Jeff has been involved in over 50 closed corporate finance transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $10B. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Ridgeline Partners, a merchant banking firm that assists emerging growth companies with corporate finance, CFO, strategy, and business development activities. Ridgeline’s portfolio focuses on companies with positive causes and health and wellness initiatives.

David Gray

David Gray

Board of Directors

David is the President and Chief Growth Officer of GreenSeed Contract Packaging, the first contract packaging operations company focused on growth and innovation for middle to large cap multi-national brands in the natural food space – recognized in 2015 as the 5th fastest growing packaging company in North America. Before he bootstrapped his entrepreneurial spirit, David sharpened his leadership and business acumen in private equity by contributing to managing P&L, fund development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic growth and operation management for Greystone Capital Partners holdings. David is a graduate of Hope College and holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. His Chicago upbringing mixed with international experience combines practical understanding and diligence with emotional intelligence that will provide solid advisory to the Verte Sante team, partners, clients, shareholders, and the community.


Leslie DeFries

Board Member & Investor

Leslie is an accomplished visionary sales leader of 24 years in CPG with a strong record of driving and achieving critical business objectives in competitive industries.  Provider of leadership at every level across multifunctional teams.  A proven innovative strategist, highly skilled in market analysis and the implementation of cutting-edge sales, marketing and financial strategies that continually drive competitive market advantage, long term stability, revenue and growth.  360 wellness advocate for a healthy lifestyle.


Mary Goff

Production Advisor

Mary has a strong professional history in operations management, quality management, regulatory compliance and project management. She is currently a principal at CSG Consulting which provides regulatory, quality and operational experience in the cannabis, pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and food industries. First-hand knowledge of regulatory policies, quality and operational processes. Assisting with bringing new food, dietary ingredients and products to market.


Angie Kwong

Quality Advisor

Angie is a self-motivated, highly knowledgeable professional with extensive knowledge of food safety, quality and operational requirements in the food, botanical dietary supplements and biopharmaceutical industries. Proven success in implementing quality and food safety programs and leading organizations through successful regulatory and 3rd party audits. Recognizes requirements for product development and has demonstrated ability in leading organizations toward successful and timely completion of company and project goals.


Shelly Larson

Design Advisor

Shelly is a problem-solving graphic design professional who loves to figure out the most strategic, efficient and creative way to design and produce impactful marketing materials that also deliver fantastic results – whether online or in your hands. With 25+ years experience in advertising, design, packaging and production, she has worked on both the east and west coasts designing and developing marketing materials, programs, and products for clients like Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe, CuriOdyssey, Symantec, McAfee, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Radio Shack, Kaila Foods, Natural Habitats and Toby’s Foods.


Learn more about our current offerings, operations and structure by contacting us today!