Women's Forum USA 2023


Leah Lizarondo

Food Rescue Hero



Leah is the Founder of Food Rescue Hero, a food recovery technology platform used in over 25 cities. The platform has redirected over 100 million pounds of perfectly good food from going to waste toward feeding people experiencing food insecurity. Prior to founding Food Rescue Hero, Leah has worked in technology, focused on investment, market and brand strategy for early stage companies and in brand management for global FMCG. Leah has a 20-year track record of entrepreneurship, innovation and global product/brand leadership in social enterprise, technology and consumer products. Expertise in taking complex ideas to effectively message, mobilize mass movement, shift culture, and drive change. Leah has won numerous awards for her work including Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award in 2020, the Vital Voices' Global Leadership Award. Most recently, she was recognized in the Grist 50, a list of emerging leaders creating impactful solutions to climate change. Her work has been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, CNN, NPR, Fast Company, The Washington Post, among others. Leah is a Rockefeller Foundation/Acumen Fellow and received her graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

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It’s time to connect: from individual to environmental health

Deborah Birx
George W. Bush Institute
Senior Fellow
Mekala Krishnan
McKinsey & Company
Leah Lizarondo
Food Rescue Hero
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Council on Foreign Relations
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
Alicia White
Project Petals