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    About ReFED

    ReFED is a collaboration of over thirty business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waste in the United States. ReFED seeks to unlock new philanthropic and investment capital, along with technology, business and policy innovation, to achieve this goal, which will catalyze tens of thousands of new jobs, recover billions of meals annually for the hungry, and reduce national water use and greenhouse gas emissions. ReFED was formed in early 2015 to create a Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, the first ever national economic study and action plan driven by a multistakeholder group committed to tackling food waste at scale. Recently, a number of initiatives have raised awareness of the magnitude of the problem. The Roadmap is designed to fill the gap between awareness and action, by creating transparency in the waste flows, costs and opportunities of a more efficient food system achieved by preventing, recovering, and recycling food waste. The Roadmap is the result of a collaborative stakeholder process, including input and support from ReFED members and over 80 additional industry experts.

    Steering Committee and Advisory Council

    The ReFED Steering Committee and Advisory Council played a critical role in driving the overall strategic direction of the Roadmap, ensuring it accurately represented the current food waste landscape, analyzed relevant and practical solutions, and resulted in actionable insights for all stakeholders.

    Each ReFED Advisory Council and Steering Committee member contributed unique perspectives and expertise to The Roadmap, providing a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities for food waste reduction.

    ReFED STEERING COMMITTEE

    • Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council
      Staff Scientist
    • Eliza Brown, Atticus Trust
      Trustee
    • Jesse Fink, The Fink Family Foundation
      Trustee
    • Kai Carter, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
      Research Analyst
    • Matt Ahearn, Ahearn Family Foundation
    • Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Fund
      CEO

    ReFED ADVISORY COUNCIL

    • Andrew Shakman, LeanPath
      CEO
    • Ashley Zanolli, US EPA, Region 10
    • Bill Caesar, WCA Waste Corporation
      CEO
    • Brad Nelson, Marriott International
      Vice President Global Discipline Leader – Culinary
    • Brian Church, Church Brothers
      Vice President of Agriculture Operations
    • Brian Lipinski, World Resources Institute
      Associate
    • Christine Gallagher, Ahold USA
      Manager Responsible Retailing
    • Christy Cook, Sodexo
      Director Sustainability Performance and Field Support
    • Chris Hunt, GRACE Communications Foundation
      Special Advisor on Food and Agriculture
    • Claire Cummings, Bon Appétit Management Company
      Waste Programs Manager
    • Craig McNamara, California State Board of Food and Agriculture
      President
    • Darby Hoover, Natural Resources Defense Council
      Senior Resource Specialist
    • Devon Klatell, The Rockefeller Foundation
      Associate Director
    • Dominic D’Agostino, Ahold USA
      Senior Manager Waste Management
    • Elizabeth Balkan, New York City Department of Sanitation
      Senior Policy Advisor
    • Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
      Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
    • Eric Kessler, Arabella Advisors
      Founder, Senior Managing Director
    • Jay Bassett, US EPA, Region 4
      Chief, Materials Management
    • JoAnne Berkenkamp, Natural Resources Defense Council
      Senior Advocate
    • John Fisk, Wallace Center at Winrock International
      Director
    • John A. Trujillo, City of Phoenix Public Works
      Director
    • Karen Hanner, Feeding America
      Managing Director of Manufacturing Partnerships
    • Kate Worley, Wal-Mart
      Senior Manager, Solid Waste and Recycling
    • Kathleen Weaver, Pro*Act
      Supply Chain Sustainability Manager
    • Liz Fikejs, City of Seattle
      Senior Conservation Program Manager
    • Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing the Food Waste Reduction Alliance)
      Director of Sustainability
    • Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle
      Board Member Emeritus, American Biogas Council
    • Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund
      Managing Director
    • Ron Vance, US EPA, Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch
      Chief
    • Rick Schnieders, Shiso Investments, LLC
    • Scott Cullen, GRACE Communications Foundation
      Executive Director
    • Sharon Lerman, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
      Food Policy Advisor
    • Susan Robinson, Waste Management
      Federal Public Affairs Director

    ReFED Team

    ReFED

    ReFED is led by Sarah Vared, Interim Director of ReFED and Principal at MissionPoint Partners, and Eva Fowler.



    Roadmap Team

    MissionPoint Partners served as the project lead, coordinating the resources needed to develop the Roadmap. MissionPoint Partners is an impact investment firm specializing in environmental sustainability. Team contributors included Mark Cirilli, Joan Briggs, and Adam Rein.

    Deloitte Consulting LLP and Resource Recycling Systems led the economic analysis and core technical drafting of the Roadmap.

    Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Sustainability Offering works with clients to find new opportunities and manage risks by bringing expertise in energy, waste, and materials to both operations and supply chains. By leveraging this technical knowledge along with industry expertise and leading analytics solutions, Deloitte’s Sustainability Offering has helped clients execute strategies that have led to more than $3 billion in value. Team members included: Kyle Tanger, Sarah Matheson, Blythe Chorn, Robert Bui and Sierra Bayles.

    RRS is a management and technical consulting firm with core strengths in sustainable materials management and recovery, materials and applied sustainable design, and public-private sector collaborative partnership projects. RRS contributed significant pro bono hours to this initiative. Team members included: JD Lindeberg, David Stead, Hunt Briggs, Nick Lange and Monica Walker.

    Ocupop and the No. 29 directed communications and community engagement for the Roadmap.

    Ocupop is a small, creative team focused on super-charging clients' efforts to change the world. Ocupop has studios in Milwaukee, Honolulu, and Whistler.

    Team members included Michael Nieling, Abby Lindstrom, Amy Leibrock, and Tom Beck.

    No. 29 Communications is a New York City-based media relations firm that works with companies, people, and organizations that challenge the status quo and create true impact.

    Team members included Melody Serafino.

    Foundations

    The Roadmap was made possible with the generous support and partnership from the following foundations:

    • AHEARN FAMILY FOUNDATION
    • ATTICUS TRUST
    • AGUA FUND
    • THE Fink Family FOUNDATION
    • THE CLANEIL FOUNDATION
    • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    • GRACE COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDATION
    • HENRY P KENDALL FOUNDATION
    • IMPACT ASSETS
    • THE JOHN MERCK FUND
    • LUMPKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION
    • NEW WORLD FOUNDATION
    • THE OVERBROOK FOUNDATION
    • THE WAL-MART FOUNDATION

    The Roadmap was made possible with the generous support from the following foundations:


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