People: 2016 Change Food Fest Speakers

We’re excited to announce our first speakers for the Change Food Fest – Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors and Daniel Lubetzky from KIND. Speakers will be announced on a rolling basis, so please check back often as we add more people to the program. Are you making a change in the Food Movement? Apply to speak at the Change Food Fest!

  • Diane Hatz

    Founder & Executive Director, Change Food

    Diane Hatz is a social entrepreneur and creative changemaker working to build a more healthful, sustainable, equitable world, with a focus on food and farming. As founder [...]

  • Jonathan Cetnarski (Panelist)

    President & CEO, Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts

    Jonathan Cetnarski is the President & CEO of NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute. He is a transformational executive who aims to redefine the culinary school experience for [...]

  • Sam Polk

    Co-founder and CEO, Everytable

    Sam is Co-founder and the CEO of Everytable. He’s also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Groceryships. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a [...]

  • Kurt Beecher Dammeier

    Founder & CEO, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

    Kurt Beecher Dammeier joined the food community in 1999 by forming Sugar Mountain, a family of food businesses including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle and New York [...]

  • Anne O’Connor (Panelist)

    Director of Public Affairs, Organic Valley

    Anne O’Connor is the Director of Public Affairs at Organic Valley/Organic Prairie. Anne oversees the teams that promote the cooperative’s mission, manage the [...]

  • Derek Denckla (Panel Moderator)

    Founder, Denckla Projects & Advisory Services

    Derek Denckla is an impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur. For fifteen years his firm, Denckla Projects, has provided advisory services and sourced [...]

  • Justin Johnson

    CEO & Founder, Sustainable|Kitchens

    Justin Johnson is the CEO and Founder of Sustainable|Kitchens, a “real” food transformation firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sustainable|Kitchens works [...]

  • Scott Norton (Quickbites)

    Co-Founder, Sir Kensington’s

    Scott Norton is co-founder of Sir Kensington’s, the premier producer of all-natural ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard distributed nationwide. With a mission to bring [...]

  • Mary Cleaver (Panelist)

    Founder & Owner, The Cleaver Co.

    Mary is the Sustainable Food Curator for the Change Food Fest. Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder [...]

  • Jason Green

    CEO and Co-Founder, Edenworks

    Jason Green is CEO + Co-Founder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor farming company. Edenworks grows uncompromisingly delicious and sustainable greens and fish in [...]

  • Daniel Blake

    Co-Founder, Open, Ag, Inc.

    Daniel Blake joined the OpenAg, Inc. team because of his passion for fixing our food ecosystem. Our current food system, which feeds 7.3 billion people, is rapidly approaching [...]

  • Annalyn Lavey (Quickbites)

    GM, Founding Member, Square Roots Urban Growers, Inc.

    Annalyn is an impact driven businesswoman ­ primarily focused in the intersection of food and technology. Most recently, she joined up with The Kitchen, an impact organization [...]