Board of Advisors
- Jean-Francois Archambault is the Founder and General Director at The Chef Table, one of Canada’s largest food recovery organizations. He is an Ashoka Fellow and also serves as the Executive Director of Ashoka Quebec.
- Jonathan Bloom is a nationally-recognized food waste activist. He writes about why we waste food, why it matters, and what we can do about it. He is the author of the book American Wasteland.
- Andy Burness is the Founder and President of Burness Communications in Bethesda, MD. He has provided counsel on communications and advocacy regarding care at the end of life, educational opportunity, adolescent health and behavior, AIDS, health care for the homeless, underage drinking, the uninsured, long-term care, and pain management, as well as numerous other issues under the broad umbrella of domestic well-being.
- Nicole Civita directs the Food Recovery Project, a special initiative of the University of Arkansas’s Agricultural and Food Law LL.M. program. The Food Recovery Project aims to reduce food waste by producing informational resources regarding the legal aspects of food recovery. Professor Civita’s scholarship focuses on alternative, sustainable, and place-based agri-food systems and food justice.
- Claire Cummings is the Waste Sustainability Specialist for the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the pioneering food service provider that serves corporations, universities, and museums in 32 states. She works with Bon Appétit teams around the country to strengthen companywide efforts to reduce food waste from operations (i.e., through environmentally friendlier to-go ware), redirect edible food to the hungry through food recovery partnerships, and divert food waste from landfills through composting programs.
- Robert Egger is the Founder of DC Central Kitchen, which provides meals from donated food and job training programs for the unemployed. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has given 1,000 individuals full time employment and produced more than 25 million meals. Egger also founded the Campus Kitchens Project, which is the only other national program doing student-led food recovery on college campuses.
- Dana Gunders is a Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste, is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”, and recently co-authored a report called The Dating Game, revealing how confusing food dates lead to food waste in America. Her work on food waste has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other outlets.
- Fay Johnson is the Founder and CEO of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting company, Red Balloon Ideas. The firm helps global organizations, corporations and grassroots activists realize their goals of making social change.
- Jim Larson is the Program Development Director at the Food Donation Connection, one of the largest and oldest food recovery programs in America. Annually, the Food Donation Connection donates over 35 million pounds of surplus prepared food, providing meals to those in need while benefiting donors through tax return savings.
- Jerry Lynch is the Chief Sustainability Officer at General Mills. His aim is to promote and implement the environmentally sustainable efforts of the company on a global scale.
- Gary Oppenheimer is a CNN Hero and the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvest.org, which helps gardeners reduce food waste by connecting them with local food pantries. To date, AmpleHarvest.org has donated over 20 million pounds of food.
- Stephanie Nagy Shewmon is an Account Supervisor at Edelman Public Relations. Edelman PR helps companies redefine their social purpose and business relations. Shewmon also helps lead the Washington D.C. Taste of the Nation, sponsored by Share Our Strength, which raises thousands of dollars for hunger-fighting nonprofits.
- Tristram Stuart is an international food waste expert and the author of the acclaimed book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. He also founded Feeding the 5000, which raises awareness about food waste by providing a nutritious meal to 5,000 individuals out of food that was deemed as waste.
- Brian Turner is the Senior Manager of Food Safety Information Services for Sodexo covering North America. Brian has over 27 years of experience in food safety, public health and food security. This includes management experience in regulatory, food service and food processing as well as time with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
- Colleen Wright-Riva is the Director of Dinning Services at the University of Maryland, College Park, which is the oldest and largest food donor to Food Recovery Network. Prior to her work at UMD, Wright-Riva started several innovative programs in the campus dining leadership at Cornell University for six years.