Mark Bomford is the Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Mark’s career in the sustainable food movement began in 1997, when he founded the successful “Growing Schools” initiative with the LifeCycles Project Society in Victoria, BC, establishing school gardens and garden-based curricula throughout the city. He went on to coordinate the internationally-awarded “DIGS” youth empowerment and entrepreneurship project, and co-managed the society’s overall domestic and international urban agricultural operations. In 2001, Mark moved to the University of British Columbia, where he worked to reinvent the UBC Farm. He founded the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC in 2005, and led a rapid expansion that saw new cultivated crops, research projects, university courses, and community programs. Mark joined the Yale Sustainable Food Project in October 2011.
Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table in New York City. The Cleaver Co. is a full-service event planning and catering operation with a large roster of private, non-profit and corporate clients, and a full-time staff of 50. The Green Table is a farm-to- table restaurant in the Chelsea Market where guests enjoy delicious dishes that demonstrate a commitment to seasonal cuisine. Most recently, Mary opened two food and beverage kiosks at The Battery in partnership with The Battery Conservancy. Fondly known as Table Green and Table Green Café, they are bringing a local focus to concession-style food and drink.
John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance. Through the work of Capital Institute, regular public speaking engagements, and university lectures, John has become a recognized thought leader in the New Economy space generally, and the financial system transformation challenge in particular.
Paul Greenberg is the James Beard award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood. A regular contributor to the New York Times’ Opinion Page, Magazine, Dining section, and Book Review, Greenberg lectures widely on seafood and ocean sustainability. His lecture venues include Google, the United States Senate, the United States Supreme Court, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New England Aquarium, The Culinary Institute of America, Harvard University, Brown University, Williams College, Yale University’s Peabody Museum, Chefs Collaborative National Summit, SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit, and Paine & Partners annual shareholders meeting.
Scott Lindell is the Director of the Scientific Aquaculture Program, and formerly Manager of the Marine Resources Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory which is a 32,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility responsible for collecting, culturing and housing a number of vertebrate and invertebrate marine organisms, as well as a center for laboratory research. Scott has conducted aquaculture research in academic and private enterprise setting for over 25 years.
Rick Mayer, has spent three decades as a business executive, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. His diverse business career includes working in finance at Morgan Guarantee Trust; running scrap steel, shipping and oil refining businesses in Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Belize and Costa Rica; and running an international trade and investment development program in Yemen, Guatemala and Panama. Throughout his career he has been an advisor and private equity investor in a variety of businesses including bio fuels, high tech irrigation systems, internet media, entertainment and sports. He is president of the MFUNd Inc., a family philanthropic foundation and a founder and partner in Everybody Plays Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit focused on developing the Centric Sports & Cycling Center in New Haven, CT. Mayer is graduate of Yale University, a lifelong cyclist, a photographer, and dedicated proponent of sustainable agriculture.
Jehangir Mehta is the executive chef and owner of New York City restaurants Graffiti, Me and You and Mehtaphor. He is also the author of the 2008 HarperCollins cookbook "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," offers a cooking class at his restaurant for children 4-14 called "Candy Camp" designed to build interest in more diverse foods, hosts exclusive in-home dinner parties and runs an event planning company. In August 2009, Jehangir appeared on “Iron Chef America” on Food Network, and was the runner-up on the second season of “The Next Iron Chef” later in 2009.
Tim is the founder and CEO of CleanFish, which serves as an importer and master distributor creating market solutions to the crises of our seas. CleanFish promotes a select network of responsible producers for eco-savvy chefs, market buyers and seafood lovers alike. They’ve created a brand platform that rewards better stewardship of ocean resources with a premium brand positioning.
John W. Roulac is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods. John founded Nutiva in 1999 with a mission to nourish people and planet. Through his leadership, Nutiva has for five consecutive years been named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies in America.
Barton is the author of 5 highly regarded books. For Cod and Country: Simple, Delicious, Sustainable Cooking introduces the idea of seasonal eating to seafood. Where There's Smoke highlights the art of cooking over fire. He is also the author of two books in his role as a fellow with the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Kid's Cookbook and Foods for Health, a science-based guide to healthy, everyday eating. His most recent work, Superfood Seagreens: A Guide to Cooking with Power-packed Seaweed explores the health benefits of this emerging player in the superfood realm...
Lisa Suatoni is the senior scientist at NRDC’s Ocean’s Program. Her work covers a variety of topics, including ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries management, and marine ecosystem–based management. Her research initially focused on marine ecology and molecular evolution; more recently, however, the bulk of her work involves the intersection of science and public policy, as they both apply to ocean conservation. She is the Timothy B. Atkeson Visiting Clinical Environmental Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she also co-directs the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. She holds a master’s in environmental policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University. She is based in New York City.