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 cannabis 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


Mark is a passionate natural foods “ecopreneur” with business development and operations expertise. He has developed and sold several businesses in the organic foods industry as well as held senior executive management positions with small and mid-sized companies. He possesses in-depth knowledge of financial business development, operations, financial forecasting, P&L management and M&A transactions. Mark has developed and marketed brands for Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats Markets, Costco Wholesale, Tempt Hemp Milk and New Organics, to name a few.


Jeff Whitmore

Founding Partner

Jeff is a disruptor who brings unique leadership to high growth potential organizations, leveraging years of experience within large public enterprises and Life Science growth companies. A passion for tackling the challenges companies face in bringing technologies to market and restructuring commercial operations to benefit brands, their clients and investors.


Jeff Silver

Corporate Finance

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 of Directors

Leslie is an accomplished visionary leader of 22 years in the adult beverage industry with strong record of driving and achieving critical business objectives in a competitive industry. 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.


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!