Shefali V MEHTA

Shefali V Mehta is an agricultural and environmental economist who has spent the past 10+ years helping organizations to develop and implement varied strategies tailored to address their complex problems holistically.

Throughout her career, Dr. Mehta has focused on collaborating across disciplines, industries and sectors to identify innovative and pragmatic solutions to complex issues. She has worked with agricultural clients across the value chain including a range of input producers and suppliers.

She received her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics and MS in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA in Economics from New York University. Shefali serves on the Boards of Pheasants Forever, the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Pests and Plant Center, and the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota.



Ed Nessel came to Open Rivers because he believes in the vision of the company and that collaboration can often tackle problems that competition can not resolve. He received his BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut. His experience ranges broadly from golf to healthcare to the energy sector.

Ed runs operations for Open Rivers.


In addition, Open Rivers regularly taps into a network of experts across many disciplines and geographic regions. Our Affiliates Include:


Sam Reid

Prior to co-founding his consulting business, Ideas2Impact, Sam helped his nonprofit and for-profit clients develop growth strategies, manage complex change, develop their next generation of leaders, re-design their organizations, and improve the functionality of their teams through his work within McKinsey’s Organization Practice, Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice, and FMI’s Leadership and Organizational Development Practice. 



Patti’s rich consulting and in-house background spans industries ranging from Automotive to Agriculture, Education to Nuclear Non-proliferation and functions from Strategy to Finance, HR to Operations. After successfully improving profitability through process optimization at Owens Corning, NAC International, and GE, Patti transitioned to strategic management consulting at McKinsey & Company. Patti is currently the president of BlüShift Strategy.