ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. Solutions already exist to cut food waste by 20% nationwide. ReFED has identified 27 of the best opportunities through the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, a first-of-its-kind economic analysis, making it easier for stakeholders across the food supply chain to meet the national 50% reduction goal by 2030. The ReFED Roadmap revolutionized the way the industry looks at food waste -- looking beyond challenges and identifying concrete opportunities to save money and resources, feed people, and create jobs. ReFED’s continued efforts include promoting date label standardization through a multi-stakeholder initiative; collecting data and generating insights on the innovation taking place to reduce food waste; and centralizing food waste policies at the state and Federal level. These tools help businesses, nonprofits, government, and investors put the most impactful solutions to reduce food waste into action.
Chris Cochran is the executive director of ReFED. Previously, Chris was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart where he developed a farm to consumer view of food waste while leading sustainability for Walmart’s global produce business. Chris’s experience with tackling food waste from multiple points in the value chain helps ReFED bring together new collaborators on food system challenges.
Katy Franklin serves as ReFED’s program manager, developing stakeholder guides and implementing food waste solutions throughout the supply chain. Previously, Katy managed operations at Sustainable America, where she gained a deep understanding of successful food waste reduction programs with consumers, food service providers, private firms, and at major events. Katy also helped develop Further with Food, a public-private partnership convened to address food loss and waste.
Chris Hunt serves as communications director for ReFED, providing oversight of the organization's communications, and strategic input on programs, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. Before joining ReFED, Chris worked at the GRACE Communications Foundation, shaping the organization’s promotion of sustainable agriculture by developing campaign strategy, building collaborative partnerships, and serving as the foundation’s primary spokesperson on food and agriculture issues.
Sarah Vared is a strategic advisor to ReFED. Sarah led the design and creation of ReFED’s Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste and served as ReFED’s Interim Director from its inception in 2015 through March 2017. Sarah supports ReFED through her role as a Principal at MissionPoint Partners, an impact investment advisor and manager, leveraging her background in philanthropy and impact investing to provide programmatic support and strategic insight on how to catalyze the action and investment needed to scale solutions to reduce food waste.
ReFED’s Steering Committee and Advisory Council are comprised of more than 40 business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders who inform the organization’s strategic initiatives, offer technical expertise, and collectively provide a holistic analysis of the challenges and opportunities for food waste reduction.
ReFED STEERING COMMITTEE
ReFED ADVISORY COUNCIL
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