Arlin Wasserman

Arlin Wasserman

Arlin Wasserman (Chair, Menus of Change Sustainable Business Leadership Council) is a principal and the founder of Changing Tastes, a consultancy that provides business planning, brand management, product development, and marketing insights to Fortune 100 food companies, start-up brands companies, and trade associations as well as foundations, faith-based and nonprofit organizations. He also is a fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at the Virginia Polytechnic University. Formerly the vice president for sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Sodexo, Arlin led the company’s North American sustainability efforts including environmental, health and wellbeing, community engagement, and sustainable food and agriculture. Arlin is past recipient of a fellowship from the Aspen Institute and a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellowship where his work focused on regional cuisine, terroir, and innovative business models that value geographic identity. He also has been an advisor on food and agriculture trade and investment policy to both the US Department of Agriculture and the European Union Parliament. He currently serves on the board of L.A. Kitchen and previously was a board member of the Sustainable Food Lab and the Society for Organizational Learning, a judge for the James Beard Foundation’s Leadership Awards, and a founding member of the GreenBiz Executive Network. Arlin frequently speaks at food industry, sustainability, public health, and culinary events. His commentary on sustainability, public health, food, and agriculture has been featured in The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, CNN.com, National Public Radio, and other mainstream and food industry publications. Arlin holds a MS in natural resources and a MPH, as well as a BA in political economics, all from the University of Michigan. (Lenox, MA)