Diane Hatz

Founder & Executive Director
Change Food

Diane Hatz is a social entrepreneur working to create a more healthful, sustainable, equitable world, with a strong focus on food and farming.  

As Founder & Executive Director of the nonprofit Change Food, Hatz aggregates the best of the best already working toward healthy food change, amplifies their voices through events and programs, and advances the work and the goal of the food movement – to provide healthy, safe, delicious, fair food for ALL.  She is a bridge builder and connector, bringing together various aspects of a field or movement in order to foster collaboration and create more powerful change.

As Founder & CEO of the Whole Healthy Group, Hatz consults and develops creative projects to motivate people to take action to create a better world, whether through more healthful eating, becoming more socially aware, or through taking actions that create positive change. She helps individuals, companies and organizations strategize, raise awareness and educate others through planning and hosting events as well as developing and implementing various marketing campaigns.   

She currently organizes the Change Food Fest, and founded and runs the Change Food Video Library. She also leads 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.

Hatz 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. She is currently working on her second novel. In her spare time, she can be found fostering rescue dogs and helping at rescue adoption events. Her claim to fame is having The Relay, her fanzine on The Who, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


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

    Change Food

    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.

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

    Change Food

    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 […]

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

    Change Food

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.