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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 (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.
Emily Gousen is ReFED's Capital and Innovation Manager, supporting innovators fighting food waste by helping them scale their businesses and get the funding they need to grow their impact. Emily is passionate about using economics and data to find sustainable solutions that make smart business sense, and brings 10 years of experience working in academia, government, nonprofit, and private business sectors. Emily brings with her a depth of knowledge in food waste tracking and measurement, agricultural production and sustainability, strategic sourcing, and innovation mentorship to food-based startups. She holds an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis.
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 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 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 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 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
Chris Cochran served as the inaugural Executive Director of ReFED for two and a half years from 2017-2019. Chris continues to support ReFED as Transition Advisor. 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.
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.
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.
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ReFED ADVISORY COUNCIL
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