Meet the Team: Executive Assistant, James Petersen

At Plum, we’re reimagining nutrition from the very first bite and using business as a force for good. But we’re also parents and husbands and sisters and snackers and storytellers and Green Bay Packers fanatics (ok, that’s just one of us) who like to bring our dogs to work sometimes. And we’d love for you to get to know us a little better.

Meet James Petersen, one of Plum’s quiet heroes who manages seven (!) executive calendars amongst many other things as an executive assistant. Learn more about James’ secret skills.

Current city/living set up:
I live in Walnut Creek with my partner and two dogs. We like it there – it’s a great combination of city and suburban life.

Life outside of work:
I do a lot of hiking with my dogs and am trying to work out a lot. I’m also a competitive horseback rider! I do a race called pole bending – it’s a timed race where you weave through six poles arranged in a line. I grew up riding horses, from showmanship to equestrian events to jumping. I even rode sheep in a rodeo as a kid!

Favorite Plum product?
On days when I’m super busy, 2-3 apple cinnamon Jammy Sammy snacks make for a great lunch! My partner and I always bring the strawberry flavor when we go hiking, too. My camping trick? Apple with spinach Super Puffs for breakfast. 😉

Favorite office snack?
Give me allll the snacks! Almonds when I’m feeling healthy, but I always look forward to our office tradition of donuts on Friday mornings.

What do you do at Plum?
I do anything and everything! My day-to-day job really spans the gamut…I’ve installed security alarms, put batteries in cars, created excel spreadsheets. I currently manage seven people’s calendars. Whoever needs support can come to me and I’ll help! It’s something different every day.

What’s the best thing about working here?
The people. I’ve been in numerous positions throughout my career as an executive assistant, and I’ve found that the people at Plum are the most down to earth and caring people around. You’re seen as an individual here with unique needs, opinions, and skills. It’s like a close-knit family. We’re all driven to do our work for the good of humanity starting with little ones.