Lily Comba is a story-telling, purpose-driven community builder with a passion for people and the planet. At Seed, she works with the superorganisms in our partner and influencer ecosystem to educate, inspire, and inform.
After graduating from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Lily started her career in advertising for clients such as CBS, Netflix, and Hilton. But before long, Lily’s desire to make an impact led her to Thrive Market, a mission-driven ecommerce hub for healthy food. There, Lily spent two years on the business development team managing hundreds of partners in the health and wellness space, and a year on the content team managing the editorial calendar and development of the company’s first-ever cookbook.
When Lily isn’t working, you can find her dreaming about her next travel destination, cooking, playing with her cats, or hiking a new trail.
In conversation with Lily:
Six word story of your life. It takes three—Growing, grounding, becoming.
What was your first brush with science? Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Why do you think bacteria are important? They’re small but mighty, creating every inch of the world around us. Without bacteria, what would we even be?
How do you define science? An attempt to understand through trial and errors, but some success along the way.
How do you define health? Feeling whole, both physically and mentally.
What are you currently reading / listening to / watching? Reading: The Promised Land by Barack Obama, listening to anything Spotify recommends, watching: The Great British Baking Show
Favorite microbiome-nurturing food? Garlic.
Scientist, dead or alive, you’d like to have lunch with? Rosalind Franklin.
Microbiome perturbation you’re trying to give up? Sugar.
Favorite science joke or best mindgasm fact? Q: Anyone know any jokes about sodium? A: Na
Fact most people don’t know about you: I’m an only child who likes to share.