2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Catherine Compitello




Catherine Compitello is the CEO of Plentiful. Most recently she was Director of Food at The Beacon Fund, a Denver-based impact investment fund. In this role, she oversaw the organization's food strategy where she brought forward opportunities for exploration and investment and managed a portfolio of early-stage investments and grants. Catherine has a background in finance, venture capital, relationship building, and sustainable food ventures. Prior to joining Beacon in 2018, Catherine was a consultant to two Colorado-based investment firms, identifying investable companies and entrepreneurs in the sustainable agriculture space. She also served as CEO of Tyner Pond Farm, a grass-fed and pastured raised meat delivery company based in Indianapolis, and founded The Farm Above in Brooklyn, a two-acre rooftop farm using a green roof design and sustainable vegetable production practices. Catherine has also worked for a number of asset managers and financial firms, including Angelo, Gordon & Co., Satellite Asset Management, and Bank of America Securities. She has a BA in English from the College of Wooster, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation from the CAIA Association, and a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Vermont


Wednesday, May 17th

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mainstage Session | Cultivating an Inclusive Food System Where Everybody Eats: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Food Waste

Our food systems were never broken and inequities within them are not natural. They are rooted in historic structures of racial, socioeconomic, and cultural discrimination. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that are deeply ingrained is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will include a share out of the insights from ReFED’s new Landscape Assessment report that examines the intersections between food waste and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). For instance,  what food waste reduction activities have impacts that help or hinder equity movements? And opposingly, what impact does equity movements have on the amount of food going to waste? The report points out the intersections and makes some recommendations for steps to take to increase equity in food systems. The panel will reflect on these questions and panelists will share their own experiences and explore these intersections.

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