2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Allison Colden, Ph.D

Maryland Executive Director

Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Allison Colden is the Maryland Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). She provides strategic vision and leadership for policy initiatives at the local and state level to achieve ambitious Bay restoration goals. Previously, as CBF's Maryland Senior Fisheries Scientist, she developed the Foundation’s state and federal fisheries policy initiatives and provided technical expertise and consultation for the organization’s oyster restoration program. Before joining CBF, Allison served as the Senior Manager of External Affairs for Restore America’s Estuaries where she managed coalition strategy and initiatives in support of advancing coastal habitat restoration. She also served as a 2015 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Mike Thompson. Allison holds a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecological Conservation from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Let’s Rock the Boat: A Voyage into the World of Sustainable Seafood

Breakout Session 2

What innovative solutions exist for managing seafood waste? In an era when environmental concerns are at the forefront, understanding how sustainable seafood practices and seafood waste reduction intertwine is paramount for shaping a more sustainable food system. Our panel of experts will dive into the challenges and barriers that hinder efforts to reduce seafood waste, highlighting state-of-the-art approaches to ensure the health of marine ecosystems and meet the global demand for seafood – all while reducing waste. We'll examine the importance of sustainable sourcing, certification programs, and the role of consumers in driving positive change within the seafood industry.

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