2017 NYC Summit: Preventing Food Loss and Food Waste

Watch the entire sold-out NYC summit from September 2017, including fireside chats with Kimbal Musk, Dan Barber, Tom Colicchio, Sam Kass, and Tom Vilsack. The entire agenda is below:

Food Tank Summit: New York City

“Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste” in partnership with ReFED, The Fink Family Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation

September 13, 2017 | 9:30AM to 6:00PM | The Greene Space

9:30am, Welcome and Introduction:

  • Joan Briggs, Executive Director, The Fink Family Foundation
  • Chris Cochran, Executive Director, ReFED
  • Danielle NierenbergPresident, Food Tank

10:00am, a Fireside Chat featuring Tom Vilsack, President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Tom Colicchio, Chef and Owner, Craft restaurants & ‘wichcraft. Moderated by Venessa Wong, Deputy Business Editor, BuzzFeed

10:30am, Panel 1: Cultivating Creative Partnerships and Leadership
Moderator: Jocelyn Zuckerman, Writer, 2017 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow, and Contributing Editor, Modern Farmer


  • Karl Deily, President of Food Care, Sealed Air
  • Jude Medeiros, Regional Vice President – Schools, Sodexo
  • Lynette Johnson, Executive Director, Society of St. Andrew
  • John Boyd, Jr., Founder and President, National Black Farmers Association
  • Pete Pearson, Director, Food Waste, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Amy Keister, Vice President, Consumer Engagement, Compass Group

11:25am, Networking Break

11:40amPanel 2, Creating Better Opportunities to Prevent Waste & Loss
Moderator: Helen Hollyman, Editor-In-Chief, MUNCHIES, VICE Media, LLC.


  • Brian Wansink, Professor and Director, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab
  • Brian Roe, Professor, Department of Agriculture, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University
  • Clare Miflin, Associate, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; Founder, Woven
  • Tony Hillery, Founder & Executive Director, Harlem Grown
  • Konstantin Zvereff, Founder and CEO, BlueCart
  • Emily Bachman, Compost Program Manager, Zero Waste Programs, GrowNYC

12:35pmPanel 3, Financing Waste and Loss Prevention
Moderator: Stephanie Strom, Food Business Writer, The New York Times


  • Gigi Lee Chang, Managing Director, FoodFutureCo
  • Ron Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO, Closed Loop Partners
  • Justin Kamine, Partner, KDC Ag – Kamine Development Corporation
  • Tinia Pina, Founder and CEO, Re-Nuble
  • Alison Grantham, Director, Food Systems Research and Development, Blue Apron
  • James Rogers, Science Director and CEO, Apeel

1:30pm, Lunch

2:30pm, a Fireside Chat featuring Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder, The Kitchen
Moderated by Diane Brady, Journalist, Bloomberg; Founder, dB Omnimedia

3:00pmPanel 4: Fighting Food Waste in Cities
Moderator: Eillie Anzilotti, Assistant Ideas Editor, Fast Company


  • Elizabeth Balkan, Director of Policy, Office of the Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
  • Monica Munn, Senior Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Antonio Reynoso, District 34 Council Member, New York City Council
  • Christine Datz-Romero, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Lower East Side Ecology Center
  • Jilly Stephens, CEO, City Harvest
  • Mark Chambers, Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability at NYC Office of the Mayor

3:55pm, Networking Break

4:10pmPanel 5: Creating a Waste and Loss Free World

Introduction: Devon Klatell, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Moderator: Kim Severson, Reporter, The New York Times


  • Prasanta Kalita, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Agriculture for Nutrition Global Program, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Carina Millstone, Executive Director, Feedback
  • Loren Cardeli, Co-Founder & President, A Growing Culture
  • Kavita Shukla, Founder & CEO, Fenugreen

5:15pm, a Fireside Chat featuring Sam Kass, Chef, Entrepreneur, and Founder, TROVE, and Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Founder, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Moderated by Ruth Reichl, Eater, Cook, Food Writer, and PBS Host

5:45pm, Closing and Thanks
Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

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