President, Slow Food USA
Josh Viertel is the president of Slow Food USA, a national non-profit organization that focuses on creating a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet. He previously worked for Yale University, where he created the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which revamped the university’s food service to offer students a menu based on sustainable, local foods. He also created curriculum and programs for Yale students that brought them in regular contact with the people and story behind their food. Prior to Yale, Josh started Mamabrook Farm, a small organic vegetable farm that provided food to local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Josh graduated from Harvard University with degrees in philosophy and literature. His passion is to build a social movement around food and farming that rebuilds local communities, mitigates social inequities, reduces environmental degradation and provides greater access to good, clean and fair food. www.slowfoodusa.com.