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Denise Woodard is the Founder and CEO of Partake Foods. She is the first Black woman in the US to raise more than $1 million for a CPG food startup. Prior to launching Partake, Denise was the Director of National Sales for Coca Cola’s Ventures & Emerging Brands group. Denise also holds a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Denise Woodard

Denise Woodard

Former Coca Cola executive Denise Woodard founded Partake Foods after struggling to find safe, healthy, and delicious snacks for her daughter who has severe food allergies. Known for their best-selling cookies, Partake offers snack products that are gluten-free, vegan, and free of the Top 8 allergens. Partake products give a delicious peace of mind to those with dietary restrictions and "How is this so good?" enjoyment to everyone else.



  • Founded 2016

  • Completed $2.1M Series Seed raise with a post-money valuation of $5.3M (June 2020)

  • Completed $4.9M Series A raise with a post-money valuation $30.9M (March 2021)


  • Sold in 10,000+ retail locations across the US including Target, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kroger

  • Strategic partnerships with Sesame Street, American Airlines, and WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

  • Leadership team includes a Harvard-trained food scientist, former COO Swell Foods and Promax Nutrition, former CMO Wanderlust, and former CEO Marlo’s Bakeshop (acq.)

  • Investors include Marcy Venture Partners, Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty, Supply Change, Cleveland Avenue, Black Capital, Lotus Bakeries, CircleUp Ventures, and Fearless Fund

  • Board members include Irene Chang Britt (Former President & CEO, Pepperidge Farms), Robert Kravner (Former CFO, AT&T), Chuck Muth (Former Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat), and Larry Marcus (Managing Director, Marcy Venture Partners)

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