The Sustainable Business Leadership Council

The Sustainable Business Leadership Council is a group of leading chefs, food and foodservice executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and social innovators working to inform, support, and confront issues that are surrounding the food industry today. These issues include public health, the environment, demographics, and food ethics, and they can be addressed through executive training, open dialogue, and research. Integrating insights into these issues and results from accumulated research into the CIA’s curriculum will also prepare the next generation of culinary leaders to be socially aware citizens. Click on a name below to read that expert’s biography.

Arlin Wasserman
Chair of the Menus of Change Sustainable Business Leadership Council, Principal and Founder of Changing Tastes (Lenox, MA)

Michiel Bakker
Director, Global Programs for Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google (Los Gatos, CA)

Dan Barber
Chef-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Creative Director of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (New York, NY)

Rick Bayless
Chef-Owner of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO (Chicago, IL)

Sara Burnett
Director of Wellness and Food Policy, Panera Bread (St. Louis, MO)

Kathy Cacciola, MA
Senior Director for Environmental Sustainability at Aramark (Philadelphia, PA)

Stephanie Chenevert
Director of Global Programs at Google Food (Mountain View, CA)

Chandon Clenard
Culinary Director for Guckenheimer at Google (Scottsdale, AZ)

Amanda Cohen
Chef/Owner, Dirt Candy (New York, NY)

John Coker
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Compass Group (Youngstown, OH)

Christy Consler
Founder and CEO of Sustainable Leadership Advisors (San Francisco, CA)

David Farmer
Vice-President, Menu Strategy & Development Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Einav Gefen
Executive Corporate Chef, Unilever Food Solutions (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)

Danielle Gould
Founder of Food+Tech Connect (Brooklyn, NY)

Amy Greenberg ’80
Senior Vice President of Executive Services, Citigroup (New York, NY)

Nicolas Jammet
Co-founder and co-CEO, Sweetgreen (Washington, DC)

Michael Kaufman, JD
Partner, Astor Group (Chappaqua, NY)

Ellen Kennedy
Ellen Kennedy Consulting (Bethesda, MD)

Julia Jordan
Director of Sustainability, Compass Group (Austin, TX)

Arik Markus
Rimon LLC (Phoenix, AZ)

Jehangir Mehta '95
Restaurateur (New York, NY)

Elizabeth Meltz
Director of Environmental Health at Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (New York, NY)

Bart Minor
President and CEO of the Mushroom Council (San Jose, CA)

Marie Molde, MBA, RD
Account Executive for Client Solutions at Datassential (Chicago, IL)

Ted Monk
Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Sodexo (San Francisco, CA)

Eric Montell '89
Executive Director of Residential & Dining Enterprises, Stanford Dining (Palo Alto, CA)

Anthony Myint
Co-Founder of The Perennial, Mission Chinese Food, Commonwealth, and Zero Foodprint (San Francisco, CA)

Steven Petusevsky '77
Founder and Principal, Steven M. Petusevsky Enterprises (Plantation, FL)

Carl Potts
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (Saskatoon, Canada)

Jim Prevor
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Produce Business (Boca Raton, FL)

Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, PhD
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Truitt Family Foods (Salem, OR)

Diana Simmons
Senior Director of Product and Process for Clif Bar & Company (Emeryville, CA)

Olly Smith
Vice President, Food at Pret à Manger (New York, NY)

Rafi Taherian '95
Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality (New Haven, CT)

Kirsten Saenz Tobey
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Revolution Foods (Berkeley, CA)

Ken Toong
Executive Director of University of Massachusetts Auxiliary Enterprises (Amherst, MA)

Scott Uehlein '85
Vice President of Product Innovation and Development, Sonic Drive-In (Oklahoma City, OK)

Ken Whitacre
Executive Vice President of Produce Business (Boca Raton, FL)

Rosie Willis
Director of Food Development and Quality Assurance at Pret a Manger (New York, NY)

Anthony Zolezzi
Consultant, environmental entrepreneur, author (New York, NY)