Ellen Gustafson, Co-Founder, Feed Projects; Founder and Executive Director, 30 Project
March 22, 2013
Ellen Gustafson is an internationally recognized sustainable food system activist, an award winning innovator, and a social entrepreneur of Global proportions. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project, a new organization aimed at connecting global hunger and obesity while crowd-sourcing long-term food system change. The 30 Project is currently hosting curated dinners with thought leaders from around the world to promote a new dialogue and new solutions to a better food system.
She is also the Co-Founder of FEED Projects, a charitable company that creates consumer products that help FEED the world, and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of FEED’s non-profit partner, the FEED Foundation. Under Gustafson’s leadership, FEED provided more than 65 million school meals to children around the world - at no cost to them - while simultaneously building a multimillion dollar business from her apartment.
Previously, Ellen was a US Spokesperson for the U.N. World Food Program, a terrorism research reporter in the ABC News Investigative Unit, and a research associate for the Military Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations - where she is currently a Term member.
She has been featured, with FEED business partner Lauren Bush, as one of Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and was named to Inc Magazine’s 2010 “Top 30 Under 30” list. Amongst her many public speaking accomplishments, she has spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Conference, given multiple TED talks, keynoted to the Italian Parliament, lectured at Harvard, NYU, Columbia University, The U.S. Naval Academy, Feeding America, Syngenta, The Economist Food Forum, Davos, and many, many more.
She holds a B.A. from New York’s prestigious Columbia University, where she serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She is also on the founding Board of Directors for a new Bronx charter school within the Success Charter Network. She is currently a member of the Barilla Center For Food and Nutrition’s external Global Advisory Board, and recently became one of the youngest people in the history of Columbia University to receive the John Jay Distinguished Alumnus Award for exceptional professional achievement.
In the Summer of 2012 Ellen signed an unprecedented two-book publishing contract with Rodale Publishing, with her first book, We The Eaters, slated for hardcover release in early 2013.