Diane Hatz

Diane Hatz

Founder & Executive Director
Change Food

Diane Hatz is a nonprofit social entrepreneur who educates and raises awareness about food and farming. As Founder/Executive Director of Change Food, she advises, consults and develops creative projects to motivate people to take action to change the food system. She also works to find ways to help individuals and groups within the field collaborate, connect and work more effectively.

She currently organizes the Change Food Fest, and founded and runs the Change Food Video Library. She is in the process of launching Women in Food Farming and Food Tech (WiFFFT), an association for women in all parts of the food movement.

From 2011 – 2015, Diane was the Founder, Organizer and Host of TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat,” an annual event that brought together key experts in the food and farming movement to discuss problems, and solutions, with the U.S. food system.  The talks can be found online in the Change Food Video Library.

Tom & Diane

Diane Hatz and Tom Colicchio at TEDxManhattan 2014

Previously, Diane co-founded and directed The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming.  Diane also worked at the GRACE Communications Foundation for 12 years, where she founded and directed the hugely successful consumer education program Sustainable Table; was executive producer of The Meatrix movies, critically acclaimed, award-winning animated films on factory farming; and was the founder and director of the online sustainable food directory the Eat Well Guide.

She has appeared in many publications and media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, Grist, More Magazine, Fine Cooking and Vegetarian Times.  She is a prolific writer and on occasion can be found hosting or on a panel about sustainable food.

Diane has an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Delaware, and a Minor in Philosophy.  Her claim to fame is getting her Who fanzine of 12 years, The Relay, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

  • Food Tech Needs the Voice of Good Food | Diane Hatz | Change Food Fest

    Diane Hatz, founder of Change Food, shares her observations (and pet peeves) about the food movement before kicking off an invigorating day of talks at the 2016 Change Food Fest in NYC. Listen in to hear her ideas for the future of collaboration and change – ensuring access to good food for all people. Read More

  • Food Waste | Diane Hatz | TEDActive 2013

    Diane Hatz, Founder and Executive Director of Change Food, talks to the TEDActive 2013 audience about food waste and what you can do to minimize its impact. Read More

  • Who in the Food Movement inspires you? – Diane Hatz

    I’m most inspired by a group of people – and that’s farmers. Family farmers. Small sustainable family farmers to be exact. I was fortunate enough to go to a dinner in Iowa a couple months ago and there were hundreds of farmers. It was a Diamond Ranch dinner. These farmers I met work so hard and they are part of the land – their work is spiritual to them. And it comes out through the way they walk, the way they talk, they’re humble, and they don’t know how much … Read More

  • What is your vision for the Food System? – Diane Hatz

    My vision for the food system is that one day, hopefully in not the too distant future, everyone will have access to healthy food. That food will be considered a right just as water and air are a right, and that people will not be starving. I know that’s idealistic, and I know people might say that I’m a dreamer… who thought the Berlin wall would ever come down? Whoever thought that Nelson Mandela would ever get out of prison? I mean, there are huge massive shifts in consciousness that … Read More

  • Let’s Change the Food System Together – Diane Hatz

    Diane Hatz asks the TEDxManhattan community to come together to build a statement of principles for the food movement. The only we’re going to change the food system is if we do it together. Support the Food Movement’s Statement of Principles! The sustainable food movement is at a crossroads. For decades, organizations and individuals have been working to shift to a more sustainable, equitable food system. For the movement to succeed, there now needs to be more effective ways for the voices changing our food system to be heard, more … Read More