Food Leaders Fellowship

Introducing the Inaugural Aspen Food Leaders Fellows

Food & Society at the Aspen Institute is excited to introduce the 18 inaugural members of our new Food Leaders Fellowship, which unites the country’s most promising emerging food leaders to ignite personal transformation, promote cross-sector collaboration, and create scalable change. Drawing on the Aspen Institute’s standard-setting leadership programs, the Food Leaders Fellowship will become the foremost community of values-based leaders working to create a fair, sustainable, and healthy food system.

Chosen from an impressive pool of over 200 applicants, the inspiring group of 18 entrepreneurial leaders span corporate, startup, nonprofit, and government organizations—and will come together to support and challenge each another to think bigger, increase their individual and group capacity for change, and work as a community toward lasting impact.

The fellows, who hail from across the United States, including Puerto Rico, and Mexico, bring a wide variety of both lived and professional experience to inform the discussions and work of the new Food Leaders Fellowship community. They are all committed to change. They are all making it already. They are all eager to push themselves and their beliefs and put in the work to address the challenges across the food system.

Applications for the Food Leaders Fellowship’s 2023 cohort have closed. This cohort’s seminar dates are: August 13-18, 2023; May 1-4, 2024; and February 5-8, 2025.

Say hello to the fellows!

With Gratitude to Our Founding Funders

Food & Society at the Aspen Institute launched the Food Leaders Fellowship with support from Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas, Food at Google, the JIB Fund, Andy and Zelie Pforzheimer, Melony and Adam J. Lewis, and Gary and Meg Hirshberg.

Join the Fellowship Community

Food & Society invites you to guide and support the fellows as an active mentor—or consider applying for the next cohort! Stay up to date on the next application cycle and other Food & Society news and activities here.