2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Jessica Synkoski

Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility



Jessica Josephine Synkoski is a certified sustainability practitioner with nearly two decades of hands-on contributions across the food service, pharmaceutical, building systems, and aerospace & defense industries. She has in-depth experience with sustainability strategy setting and implementation. She specializes in combining value-added stakeholder engagement approaches and balanced sustainability disclosures with influential ambition setting.

As the Vice President of Sustainability and CSR for Sodexo she leads the North American strategies for achieving a Better Tomorrow 2025 and Net Zero 2040 to improve social and environmental impacts of food service and facilities management. Her focus is scaling solutions for food waste management, low carbon meals, and employee engagement.

She is an advocate for ethnic and gender equity. She is the Executive Sponsor of Sodexo’s US gender inclusion employee group, SoTogether. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Montgomery County Food Council, which cultivates a more resilient and equitable local food system. She is also a member of Food Tank’s Chief Sustainability Officer Peer Group.
Jessica lives in Maryland, U.S.A. with her husband Stan and their twin sons. She holds a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, and a Sustainability Excellence Associate certification from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.


Wednesday, June 12

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mainstage 2 | We Mean Business: Leaning in Across the Food Sector

Mainstage Session

As waste generators, food businesses play a critical role in the fight against food waste. Yet while enthusiasm for waste reduction initiatives is high, it can be hard to translate those commitments into concrete action that yields results. Building on our opening session’s theme of accelerating action, this second mainstage session examines opportunities for food businesses to step up and do their part. We’ll hear from a panel of sustainability leaders from the some of the largest food retailers as they discuss what they’re doing to drive progress in their own operations – and throughout the broader food system. Plus we’ll get updates on some promising opportunities for business collaboration.

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