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Robert T. Grimm, Jr. is the Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Before that, Grimm served as Director of Research and Policy Development at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) from 2004-2010. He was also appointed Senior Counselor to the CEO of CNCS in 2006. CNCS is an independent, federal grant-making agency with an annual budget of over one billion dollars and administrator of programs such as AmeriCorps. 


Jeremy Kugel brings nearly twenty years of foodservice, entrepreneurial, and non-profit experience to the FRN board. He has worked as Director of Marketing for Caribou Coffee and Managing Director of Let’s Dish Mid-Atlantic, and co-founded Jasmere.com – one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Brilliant Companies” of 2011. Jeremy currently serves as CFO and COO of Landon, a boys’ preparatory school in Bethesda, Maryland.


Born in Ukriaine, Mia Zavalij is currently a senior in Environmental Science and Policy. Mia became involved with several student groups her sophomore year and is currently the Secretary of The Love Movement. She is really excited to continue expansion and donate even more food to those who are in need.

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Ben Chesler is a second-year at Brown University. During high school, he served as CFO of Minga, a non-profit that advocated for the end of the child sex trade. While at Brown, Ben has become active in the Social Entrepreneurship community, founding the Activism Program House, and co-founding the Food Recovery Network. He could not be more thrilled to be working with FRN to end food waste of college campuses!

Tim Kunin is a social entrepreneur and the CEO of GreaterGood, which operateswww.TheHungerSite.com; the first “Click-to-Give” website.  GreaterGood has over 40 million Facebook fans, and has contributed over $30 million in cash to charity partners since 1999.  Among other things, GreaterGood is focused on impacting intergenerational poverty by increasing the income and education of women in the developing world; and is one of the United States’ largest importers and resellers of artisan products made by rural women.

Tim has traveled to over 40 countries as part of his work, and enjoys wilderness canoeing and backpacking with his wife Sue Guzmich and their two grown children Mara and Daniel. 
Ben Simon, founder and executive director of FRN is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park studying government and politics and nonprofit management. He brings five years of nonprofit experience, and 23 years of not being able to stand good food going to waste. He is also the founder of MyMaryland.net, co-founder of The Love Movement, and a former opinion columnist for The Diamondback. Ben likes songwriting, swimming, Indian food, long walks at 2 AM, and pick-up volleyball. He is excited at the amazing opportunity to scale Food Recovery Network across the country, and sees it as part of a larger movement toward a sustainable, socially just, and prosperous way of life. Ben was recently recognized by ABC News and Univision as one of their Top 10 Social Entrepreneurs of 2012.
Ernie Minor is Vice President, Business Development for Sodexo Education in the Southeast US. Previously he was Senior Vice President, Operations for Higher Education in the mid-Atlantic states. Ernie has been involved with Stop Hunger efforts through Sodexo Foundation for several years, and previously served on a VA Governors’ Task Force for eliminating childhood hunger. Ernie brings more than 30 years’ experience in collegiate dining services, and is especially excited about FRN’s model that connects the dots – making sure food does not go to waste but is picked up and delivered to agencies that can serve to those in need.

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.
  • Doug Rauch is the former President of Trader Joe’s Company, CEO of Conscious Capitalism, and Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail store working to recover food and provide affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our inner cities.
  • 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.