Dana Gunders


Dana Gunders is Executive Director of ReFED, a US-based nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions. She is a national expert on food systems and was one of the first people to raise the alarm about how much food is wasted across the country and the subsequent impacts on the environment, economy, and food security.

For almost a decade prior to her work with ReFED, Dana was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she authored the landmark Wasted report about food waste and testified before Congress on the topic. While at NRDC, Dana helped launch the “”Save The Food”” campaign with the Ad Council, providing consumers with easy-to-use strategies to reduce food waste in their own kitchens. She then started Next Course LLC to strategically advise organizations, including Google, and authored the popular Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook.

Dana has made a number of appearances in the media and was called the woman who helped start the waste-free movement by Consumer Reports