2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Selena Mao

Data & Insights Research Analyst



Selena Mao serves as ReFED’s Data & Insights Research Analyst, developing information and accompanying technical products to help galvanize national efforts to reduce food loss and waste. Previously, Selena supported the Chief Sustainability Office for Los Angeles County to assess how the L.A. regional food economy was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Selena has authored policy and academic research on opportunities to localize food economies and build urban climate resilience. Selena holds a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.


Thursday, May 12th

9:00am - 10:00am

Welcome Day 2 & Mainstage Session 3 - "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice: Building a Food System That Works for Everyone"

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

Welcome to Day 2! Join us for a special opening discussion.

In a country synonymous with abundance, millions of Americans have disproportionate access to the opportunities, resources, and distribution of benefits offered by our food system. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that cause this is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will explore indigenous food systems and waste-free sustainable practices that exist among indigenous communities, as well as how food waste and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values intersect and impact each other.

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