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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

    Chris Cochran

    Executive Director

    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

    Operations Manager

    Katy Franklin serves as ReFED’s Operations Manager, supporting organizational development 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 also helped develop Further with Food, a public-private partnership convened to address food loss and waste.

    Chris Hunt

    Communications Director

    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

    Strategic Advisor

    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.

    angel veza

    business engagement manager

    Angel Veza is ReFED's Business Engagement Manager, focusing on food waste solutions implementation for leading businesses in the retail, restaurant, and foodservice industries. Prior to joining ReFED, Angel was a chef at Google NYC, where she spearheaded food waste reduction strategy and programs and developed zero-waste recipes utilizing food waste prevention techniques. She also worked with World Wildlife Fund in creating the Hotel Kitchen Toolkit, which presents innovative strategies to engage staff, partners, and guests in cutting waste from hotel kitchens.

    Steering Committee and Advisory Council

    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.


    • Jesse Fink
      Chair, ReFED Steering Committee
      Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, MissionPoint Partners
      Trustee, Fink Family Foundation
    • Dana Gunders
      Senior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Rob Kaplan
      Managing Director, Closed Loop Fund
    • Devon Klatell
      Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation


    • 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
      Director of Performance and Sustainability Field Support, Sodexo
    • Scott Cullen
      Executive Director, GRACE Communications Foundation
    • Claire Cummings
      Waste Programs Manager, Bon Appétit Management Company
    • Nicola Dixon
      Associate Director, General Mills Foundation
    • Liz Fikejs
      Conservation Program Manager, City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities
    • John Fisk
      Director, Wallace Center at Winrock International
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Meghan Stasz
      Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association
    • John Trujillo
      Director, City of Phoenix, Public Works
    • Ron Vance
      Chief, Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • 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


    ReFED’s work is made possible with generous support from the following foundations:

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