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Dana Gunders

Next Course, LLC

Dana is a leading national expert on food waste reduction and was deemed "the woman who helped start the waste-free movement" by Consumer Reports. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country through her 2012 report Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.

Dana is the author of Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, has testified in Congress, and is behind the Save the Food campaign (a national media campaign that has generated over $60M in donated media to date). Dana’s work to reduce food waste has been covered on CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, NPR, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Dr. Oz and many other outlets. After leaving NRDC in January 2018, Dana now advises companies and others on food waste reduction via her new business, Next Course LLC. When not worrying about it professionally, she spends far too much time trying to get her two small children to throw less food on the floor.