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Expert in Food waste reduction, consumer food habits, product design for food waste reduction

Expert ID: 735433 California, USA

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Expert is the founder of an LLC and a leading expert on food waste reduction. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country through her 2012 report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” Her work has been covered on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, NPR Science Friday, CNN, NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox, Dr. Oz and many other outlets. After leaving NRDC in January 2018, Expert now advises companies, investors, and government agencies on food waste reduction via her business, Next Course LLC. Expert’s expertise includes:
• Consumer Insights. Having authored “Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook,” launched the Save the Food campaign, overseen research on food waste in over 600 households, and overanalyzed her children’s food-throwing habits, Expert provides deep expertise on why consumers waste food. Applying this expertise to product design, she helps food and tech companies, such as Google, create products that help consumers waste less in their homes.
• Business Strategy. Expert is a founding Board Member of ReFED and has been an advisor to both industry associations and individual food companies. She has helped businesses as small as food incubator Kitchentown and as large as Walmart to identify strategies that lead to less food wasted.
• System Design. Expert has collaborated on food waste reduction projects that span the worlds of industry, policy, academia, media, technology, philanthropy, and households. Because of this, she has been an expert witness both in Congress and industry cases, and is able to bring that expertise and systems thinking to any project.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: MS Subject: Earth Systems; Sustainable Business Institution: Stanford University
Year: 2002 Degree: Certificate Subject: Innovative Manufacturing and Product Creation Institution: Stanford University
Year: 2000 Degree: BS Subject: Earth Systems; Energy Institution: Stanford University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to 2019 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Founder and lead consultant
Years: 2009 to 2018 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Senior Scientist Department: Responsibilities: • Recognized as founder of national movement towards food waste reduction
• Founded, led, & raised funds for NRDC’s food waste initiative with annual $2-3M budget
• Authored book and two landmark reports on food waste
• Launched $100M Save the Food campaign w/ Ad Council
• Launched $4M Food Matters project with cities
• Advised corporate food waste reduction including with Walmart, Sodexo, Bon Appetit Mgmt Company
Years: 2007 to 2009 Employer: Fair Trade USA Title: Supply Chain Manager Department: Responsibilities: Strategic sourcing working in developing countries with small scale suppliers and companies such as Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s to establish Fair Trade Certified products.
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: RESOLVE, Inc. Title: Mediator Department: Responsibilities: Associate mediator for multi-stakeholder negotiations.

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