W2 – The Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste: A Focus on Scalable, Transformative Innovation

This workshop will explore how existing practices and solutions can be implemented to dramatically reduce the 40% of all food which is wasted in the United States and globally. We will discuss the barriers that must be overcome in order to scale solutions such as consumer behavior and perceptions, infrastructure, logistics, and policy frameworks. ReFED, a new initiative to collaboratively develop a roadmap for reducing food waste in the United States, is actively looking at the opportunities through an economic lens. This workshop will use the recent learnings of ReFED as a starting point.



Sarah Vared, Associate, MissionPoint Partners/ReFED


  • David Barber, President and Co-owner, Blue Hill Farms
  • JoAnne Berkenkamp, Senior Advocate, Food & Agriculture Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Ron Gonen, Co-founder and CEO, Closed Loop Fund*
  • William Sarni, Enterprise Water Strategy Consulting Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Sarah Vared is an Associate at MissionPoint Partners, an impact investment firm, where she focuses on investments and philanthropic advising related to food and agriculture, water, efficiency, and resiliency. Most recently, Sarah has been leading ReFED—a cross-sector, collaborative effort to develop a roadmap to reduce food waste in the United States. Previously, Sarah worked for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Navitas Partners, where her work included the development of innovative programs to reduce energy consumption through analytics, automation, and Smart Grid applications. Sarah has an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. (svared@mppgrp.com).

David Barber is the President and Co-owner of Blue Hill, a working farm, restaurant, product, and consulting company supporting agriculture that positively contributes to the world’s food system. The 138-acre farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been in the Barber family for three generations. The Blue Hill restaurant has locations in Greenwich Village and Pocantico Hills, New York and is a leader in the movement to promote ecologically produced food. David is also a founding partner and board member of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Westchester County, New York. (david@bluehillfarm.com)

JoAnne Berkenkamp focuses on improving the efficiency of our food system at the national level, particularly through food waste prevention and food recovery. JoAnne has nearly two decades of experience in the food systems arena, including regional food systems development, consumer education, policy advocacy, institutional food procurement, and food supply chain research and development. Her work on food waste has been featured by National Public Radio, Huffington Post, TODAY.com/CNBC News, CNET News/CBS Interactive and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. JoAnne holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. (612-618-3419; jberkenkamp@nrdc.org)

Emily Broad Leib is Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, where she co-founded and directs the Center’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to providing legal and policy solutions to address the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing the food system. Broad Leib teaches courses on food law and focuses her scholarship and practice on increasing access to healthy foods, reducing the waste of healthy and wholesome foods, and reducing barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers. (617-390-2590; ebroad@law.harvard.edu)

Ron Gonen is the Co-founder and CEO of the Closed Loop Fund. The Closed Loop Fund was formed by a group of the world’s largest manufacturers, consumer goods companies, and retailers to invest in municipal recycling infrastructure, materials science, and sustainable packaging. Prior to the Closed Loop Fund, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling, and Sustainability for in the Bloomberg Administration in New York City. In 2013, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City. Ron has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2004 to 2010, Ron served as the Co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank. Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

William Sarni leads Deloitte’s Enterprise Water Strategy practice. For more than three decades he has been providing environmental and sustainability services to private and public-sector enterprises. Will is also an internationally recognized thought leader in developing and implementing corporate-wide water stewardship and sustainability strategies. (303-294-4217; wsarni@deloitte.com)


  • Joan Briggs, Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation
  • Sarah Vared, MissionPoint Partners

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