Dana Gunders


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Deemed "the woman who helped start the waste-free movement" by Consumer Reports, Dana is a national expert and strategic advisor for food waste reduction. Some of her proudest achievements include authoring Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, testifying in Congress, and helping to launch the food-waste think tank ReFED and the now $100M Save the Food campaign. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country through her 2012 report Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.  She now advises companies and other institutions on the topic via her business, Next Course, where she’s had Google, Four Seasons Hotels, and large family offices  among her clients. Her work has been featured by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, John Oliver, NPR, Fox, Bloomberg, Dr. Oz, and hundreds of other outlets. When not worrying about it professionally, Dana spends far too much time getting her two kids to eat bread crusts and through less food on the floor. Learn more at www.nextcourse.co