Senior Program Officer, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Beth Hunter is Program Director at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where she leads the Sustainable Food Systems initiative and the Nourish program on the future of food in health care. She is a co-founder of Equiterre, one of Canada's leading environmental organizations, and previously led Greenpeace Canada's Oceans campaign on sustainable seafood. She sits on the boards of the Academy for Systems Change and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. Her masters in rural economics from Laval University examined the role of dietary diversity in food security. She lives in Montreal with her partner and two kids.
Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University, GW Sustainability Collaborative and GW Food Institute
Kathleen Merrigan is the Executive Director of Sustainability at the George Washington University, where she leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative, GW Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. Merrigan is co-chair of AGree, Board Director of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Food Corps. Kathleen was Deputy Secretary and COO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2009-2013), where she led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems and was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.