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 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 and Waste 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.
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.
Alejandro serves as ReFED’s Capital & Innovation Manager, working to spur investment in the food waste sector. In his position, he works to contribute to the Insights Engine and build relationships with solution providers. He brings six years of technology investment banking, equity research and sales, and trading experience, including time at TD Securities, CI Investments, and RBC Capital Markets
David serves as the Product Manager for ReFED's Insights Engine, providing software and sustainability knowledge and overall project guidance. He has a combined nine years of professional experience as an engineer, project manager, and product manager for the development of ERP systems, a commercial sustainability application, and business technology solutions for several major food and beverage B2B distributors. David received his BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.
Jackie serves as ReFED's Stakeholder Engagement Director. In her position, she builds REFED's diverse multi-sector network, manages external partnerships, and leads planning for the annual Food Waste Summit. 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 global and private brand business.
Jeff Costantino serves as Communications Director, helping ReFED connect to its key audiences with engaging and actionable content. Previously, he oversaw communications and marketing at the Western Union Foundation, which worked to empower refugees and other migrants with education and workforce training. He has also served as Managing Director for Marketing at Truth Initiative, a national public health nonprofit promoting tobacco-free lives.
Vanessa Mukhebi serves as the Communications Manager at ReFED, supporting communications execution and strategy across the organization. She has over three years experience in development communications, food security and climate-smart agriculture 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 across the continent. She holds a Masters in Anthropology (Food) from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Media and Communication, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Sydney in Australia.
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 Manager. 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.
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.
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.
ReFED’s strength has long rested in the power of the people who surround, advise and contribute to our work. ReFED’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council are comprised of leaders in the business, nonprofit, foundation, and government sectors 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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