2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

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

Kathy Cacciola

Global Sustainability Lead

Google, Food Program


As Global Sustainability Lead for Google’s Food Program, Kathy leads strategy and key initiatives across a portfolio of food venues in partnership with a large network of food vendor partners. Kathy is responsible for driving scalable change across the industry and food systems to drive economic value, support social initiatives and contribute positive environmental impact. Previously, Kathy served as Vice President of Enterprise Sustainability at Aramark, responsible for developing and leading the company’s 2025 global sustainability / environmental, social, governance (ESG) strategy.

Kathy’s commitment to sustainability has been a theme throughout her career through roles at the University of Virginia’s Office of the Architect, National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers, Greenpeace, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. During her tenure at Aramark, Kathy served on the Culinary Institute of America Menus of Change Business Leadership Council, National Restaurant Association’s Sustainability Executives Steering Committee, Humane Society of the US Corporate Roundtable, and Seafood Watch Foodservice Roundtable.

Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Policy and International Development from American University, where she studied abroad in Denmark and Kenya.


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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