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    About ReFED

    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.

    ReFED Team

    Dana Gunders

    Dana Gunders

    Interim Executive Director

    Dana Gunders serves as ReFED’s Interim Executive Director. Dana is a national expert and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She then launched Next Course, LLC to strategically advise on the topic. Some of her career highlights include authoring the landmark Wasted report andWaste Free Kitchen Handbook, launching the Save the Food campaign, testifying in Congress, consulting to Google, appearing on John Oliver, and perhaps most importantly, being a founding Board Member of ReFED.

    Warren Adams

    Warren Adams

    Strategic Advisor

    Warren Adams serves as ReFED’s Strategic Advisor, overseeing the successful execution of our priority projects for the year and contributing decades of organizational expertise to ReFED’s development. A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon.com acquired in 1998. Upon leaving Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises through his fund, Vineyard Ventures. After traveling in Patagonia, Warren was motivated by the region’s incredible natural beauty to apply his business acumen toward acquiring, conserving, and protecting large tracts of pristine land there, culminating in the 2007 establishment of Patagonia Sur. Warren received a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Katy Franklin

    Katy Franklin

    Operations Director

    Katy Franklin serves as ReFED's Operations Director, supporting organizational development and strategy and designing systems for effective program implementation and management. 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 has authored industry and academic research on food waste and opportunities to solve this global challenge. Katy also helped develop Further with Food, a public-private partnership convened to address food loss and waste.

    Lily Herd

    Lily Herd

    Operations Manager

    Lily Herd serves as ReFED’s Operations Manager, supporting members across the team to increase operational efficiencies and drive cultural excellence. Before joining ReFED, she worked at several nonprofits, farms and Universities She is passionate about excellent project management, food security, human rights, climate change and creating an equitable and sustainable food system. Lily holds an M.S. in Food Security from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as well as a Bachelors in Psychology/Anthropology from the University of Oregon.

    Nicole Sturzenberger

    Nicole Sturzenberger

    Development Fellow

    Nicole Sturzenberger serves as ReFED’s Development Fellow. Nicole has over ten years experience in food and agriculture marketing and communications, having spent time at the University of California, Davis and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. She holds a Bachelors in Economics and French from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy.

    Caroline Powell

    Caroline Powell

    Data and Insights Director

    Caroline Powell serves as ReFED's Data and Insights Director, managing projects related to data analytics, information security, and software development. Prior to ReFED, Caroline was a consultant for the Walmart Sustainability team and worked with the food sourcing teams on several projects including food waste. Previously she spent time at The Sustainability Consortium, helping to develop sustainability performance metrics for food businesses. Caroline recently graduated from the Turing School of Software & Design and worked for a custom software design firm, Cuttlesoft, supporting a healthcare organization on application updates, secure infrastructure, and performance monitoring. She is an active software developer and solutions architect.

    Philip Curtis

    Philip Curtis

    Data and Insights Manager

    Philip Curtis is ReFED's Data and Insights Manager, providing data analysis and support across the organization. Before joining ReFED, Philip served as a researcher and geospatial analyst for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). While there, he developed new methods and tools to help food businesses estimate and map risk in their global commodity supply chains. As part of this work, Philip worked closely with companies to strengthen internal data-sharing capacity and improve the flow of information between procurement and sustainability teams.

    Alexandria Coari

    Alexandria Coari

    Capital and Innovation Director

    Alexandria (Alex) serves as ReFED’s Capital & Innovation Director, working to catalyze the more than $18 billion of public, private and philanthropic capital needed into scale solutions to food waste. She brings 10 years of investment banking, sustainable food supply chain, and innovation acceleration experience with startups, for-profits and nonprofits in the U.S. and Latin America, including time at JP Morgan, Fair Trade USA, OLLY, and Agora Partnerships. She is passionate about helping mission-driven companies grow their impact and believes in the power of market-based approaches to solving today's biggest challenges.

    Parker Huges

    Parker Huges

    Capital & Innovation Fellow

    Parker serves as ReFED's Capital and Innovation Fellow. Before joining ReFED, Parker was a Cofounder of BRÜZD Foods, a food waste solution rescuing imperfect produce from local MA farmers, and delivering it to homes and restaurants at discounted prices. He brings with him a depth of knowledge in social entrepreneurship, food system design, and business development. He believes that business has the power to implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

    Jackie Suggitt

    Jackie Suggitt

    Stakeholder Engagement Director

    Jackie serves as ReFED's Stakeholder Engagement Director. In her position, she works with a diverse set of industry leaders to tackle complex food waste issues, including standardized date labeling and innovative packaging. Before joining ReFED, Jackie worked as Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart where she led a number of sustainable food and nutrition programs for Walmart's private brand business.

    Nathan Lohrmann

    Nathan Lohrmann

    Stakeholder Engagement Fellow

    Nathan Lohrmann serves as a Stakeholder Engagement Fellow at ReFED, supporting ReFED’s networks and stakeholder engagement structures, including the 2019 Food Waste Summit hosted by ReFED. Nathan studied marketing, operations, and strategy at Indiana University. which led him to a career in the food and beverage industry across management consulting, corporate strategy, and a startup.

    Nithya Sowrirajan

    Nithya Sowrirajan

    Communications Advisor

    Nithya serves as ReFED's Communications Advisor, consulting on strategic marketing and communications of ReFED's marquee programs focused on reducing food waste. Nithya Sowrirajan is a leader in the media and technology space with over a decade at Google and currently in the role of Director, Global Product Solutions. At Google and YouTube, she leads strategy, go-to-market and expansion of advertising products to 100+ countries with the goal of successfully monetizing YouTube and creating value for advertisers. Nithya has spent the bulk of her career in the high-tech industry scaling new-to-world digital products and building high performing global teams. Nithya is committed to diversity and inclusion and serves on the Google [email protected] Steering Committee where she co-leads the Social Impact pillar dedicated to increasing the pipeline of tech talent from underserved communities. In addition, she advises early stage cleantech startups in the waste management and battery intelligence space. She is also part of the Expert Network at SJF Ventures, a VC firm that invests in impact-driven entrepreneurs.

    Vanessa Mukhebi

    Vanessa Mukhebi

    Communications Fellow

    Vanessa Mukhebi is a passionate sustainable development advocate and creative storyteller with two years experience in development communications and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this work, Vanessa created multimedia content for and facilitated inclusive interventions that promote improved nutrition, farming best practices and financial inclusion in rural communities. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a B.A in Media and Communication, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Sydney in Australia

    Sarah Vared

    Sarah Vared

    Founder

    Sarah Vared founded and helped build 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.

    Board of directors and Advisory Council

    ReFED’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council are comprised of more than 50 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.

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Jesse Fink

    Jesse Fink
    Chair, ReFED Board of Directors
    Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, MissionPoint Partners
    Trustee, Fink Family Foundation

    Rob Kaplan

    Rob Kaplan
    Treasurer, ReFED Board of Directors
    Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital

    Nicola Dixon

    Nicola Dixon
    Executive Director, General Mills Foundation

    Steve Swartz

    Steve Swartz
    Chief Strategy Officer, The Wonderful Company

    Ed Romero

    Ed Romero
    Sr. Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Fresh, Freezer and Cooler, Sam's Club
    Yalmaz Siddiqui

    Yalmaz Siddiqui
    Vice President Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts International

    ReFED ADVISORY COUNCIL

    • Elizabeth Balkan
      Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
    • Jay Bassett
      Chief, Materials Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
    • JoAnne Berkenkamp
      Senior Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Jonathan Bloom
      Independent Journalist and Speaker,
      Author of American Wasteland
    • Emily Broad Leib
      Assistant Clinical Professor of Law,
      Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic
    • Bill Caesar
      CEO, WCA Waste Corporation
    • Jeff Canavan
      Deputy Directory, Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service
    • Melanie Condon
      External Affairs, Sustainable Business Communications, Unilever
    • Christy Cook
      Global Account Director, LeanPath
    • Scott Cullen
      Executive Director, GRACE Communications Foundation
    • Claire Cummings
      Waste Programs Manager, Bon Appétit Management Company
    • Nicola Dixon
      Associate Director, General Mills Foundation
    • Melissa Donnelly
      Manager Sustainability Integration and Metrics, Campbell Soup Company
    • Liz Fikejs
      Conservation Program Manager, City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities
    • Steve Finn
      Affiliated Faculty, Global Innovation for Sustainability, University of Pennsylvania
    • John Fisk
      Director, Wallace Center at Winrock International
    • Nell Fry
      Senior Manager of Sustainability Field Support, Sodexo
    • Christine Gallagher
      Manager, Sustainable Retailing, Ahold USA
    • Nora Goldstein
      Editor, BioCycle
    • Karen Hanner
      Managing Director Manufacturing Product Sourcing, Feeding America
    • Andy Harig
      Senior Director, Sustainability, Tax and Trade, Food Marketing Institute
    • Michael Hewett
      Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix
    • Darby Hoover
      Senior Resource Specialist, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Eric Kessler
      Founder, Senior Managing Director, Arabella Advisors
    • Sharon Lerman
      Food Policy Advisor, City of Seattle 
    • Brian Lipinski
      Associate, World Resources Institute
    • John Mandyck
      Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation
    • Craig McNamara
      President, California State Board of Food and Agriculture and Sierra Orchards
    • Thomas McQuillan
      Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc.
    • Katherine Miller
      Executive Director, James Beard Foundation/Chef Action Network
    • Kristopher Moon
      Vice President, James Beard Foundation
    • Roni Neff
      Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Brad Nelson
      Vice President Global Discipline Leader, Marriott International
    • Danielle Nierenberg
      President, Food Tank
    • Regina Northouse
      Executive Director, Food Recovery Network
    • Thomas O'Donnell, PhD
      Sustainability Coordinator and Educator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 and Cabrini University
    • Pete Pearson
      Director, Food Waste U.S., World Wildlife Fund
    • Dennis Pittman
      Senior Director of Hunger Relief, Smithfield Foods
    • Kristen Rainey
      Global Procurement & Resource Utilization Manager, Google Food
    • Kai Robertson
      Senior Corporate Sustainability Advisor, World Resources Institute
    • Susan Robinson
      Senior Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
    • Jessica Rosen
      Associate Manager, Sustainability, Yum! Brands
    • Rick Schnieders
      CEO, MoGro, LLC and Shiso Investments, LLC
    • Andrew Shakman
      CEO, LeanPath
    • Kevin Smith
      Consumer Safety Officer, Federal Food & Drug Administration
    • Meghan Stasz
      Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    • Ron Vance
      Chief, Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Anna Vinogradova
      Sustainability Senior Manager II, Walmart
    • Kent Wilson
      Director, Government Affairs, Target 
    • Kate Worley
      Senior Manager, Solid Waste and Recycling, Walmart Stores Inc.
    • Ashley Zanolli
      Senior Policy and Program Advisor, Oregon DEQ Materials Management Program and U.S. EPA

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