Meet Our Partners



Leah Lizarondo

Organization:  412 Food Rescue

Type:             Food Recovery

Position:        Co-Founder

Leah is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue - a Pittsburgh nonprofit with a focus on food recovery and a sustainable future. 412 Food Rescue takes an innovative approach to addressing the issue of food insecurity, using a team of volunteers, Food Rescuers, organized via Facebook. Food Rescuers volunteer to go to various local businesses to pick up mostly perishable goods, like fruits and vegetables, and then drop the donations off at food banks throughout the area. She has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Carnergie Mellon University and previously worked as a product manager in Southeast Asia. She's also worked as a food columnist for various publications, as well as running her own blog, The Brazen Kitchen. Leah is interested in changing public policy and perception regarding the issue of "food waste".



Jessica CohenJessica

Organization:  Food Recovery Heroes

Type:             Food Recovery

Position:         President

Jessica Cohen is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying communications and social work.  She is the current president of Food Recovery Heroes, a local chapter of the nationwide Food Recovery Network.  She became involved with the group in its initial stages in 2014 after hearing about it from the founder in one of her classes.  The group currently has about 20 active members that sign up for shifts on a rotating schedule to pick up and drop off food from various Pitt Dining locations.





Michael MingroneMichael

Organization:  East End Cooperative Ministry

Type:             Food Bank

Position:         Executive Director

Michael Mingrone has a long history in the community service sector with employers ranging from the American Red Cross to the North Side Christian Health Center.  Now as the Executive Director of East End Cooperative Ministries, Michael oversees the operations of the organization with core services ranging from homelessness, hunger, and youth education.  His philosophy, and that of EECM, is to provide quality services to those in need for life.








Chef Chris CoxChef Chris

Organization:  Sodexo/Market Central

Type:             Food Waste Prevention

Position:         Executive Chef

Chef Chris Cox is the Executive Chef of Market Central, the main dining hall at the University of Pittsburgh.  More specifically, he is the Executive Chef of Resident Dining and Bakery Operations under Sodexo, the food service provider for the University.  He has been working with Sodexo since January 2014, but has recently been at Pitt for the last four months.  Chef Chris is passionate about working with students to improve sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh.



Joseph ButeJoseph

Organization:  Hollymead Capital

Type:             Food Innovation

Position:         Founder

Joe Bute is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hollymead Capital, an organization dedicated to developing social enterprises.  His current focus is the food space and working with local growers and entrepeneurs to get their products to market.  He is very passionate about the evolution of the food industry and agricultural sustainability.  Joe offers an interesting perspective on the importance of food centric economic development, especially when it comes to the production and distribution of value-added crops.





Erin CooperErin

Organization:  ZipCar

Type:             Food Transportation

Position:        Market Manager

Erin Cooper is a Market Manager for ZipCar.  She first came into contact with Leah Lizarondo through a mutual connection with a professor at Carlow University, with whom ZipCar has partnered in the past.  Erin noted that the company is involved with several philanthropic efforts throughout the country, though this is their first partnership with a non-profit of this kind.  Through Erin, ZipCar has agreed to have one of their vehicles featured in the documentary.




Joann AurandJoann

Organization:  412 Food Rescue

Type:             Food Rescue

Position:        Volunteer

Joann Aurand volunteers with 412 Food Rescue multiple times a week.  She has a background in special education and working with underprivileged communities.  She is very passionate about the work that 412 Food Rescue does and is involved with several other non-profit organizations.  She is very excited to work with ZipCar and increasing the volume of volunteers that it may attract.





Jamie MooreJamie

Organization:  Eat'n Park

Type:             Sustainability

Position:        Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Jamie Moore works with Eat'n Park Hospitality Group where he helps develop and execute initiatives that strenghten the company's sustainability efforts.  Over 15 years ago, he helped develp FarmSource, which is a program that allows Eat'n Park to offer their guests locally grown and produced foods.  Jamie is extremely passionate about sustainability efforts and continues to stay involved beyond his work place duties.  He is also involved with the Slow Food PGH steering team, the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council and Mt. Lebanon Sustainability Committee.




NeilNeil Stauffer

Organization: Penn’s Corner
Type: Food Cooperative
Position: General Manager
Neil Stauffer helps to manage and develop the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, a farmer-owned cooperative in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Penn’s Corner expands access to farmers and creates economies of scale. The organization provides farm-fresh products directly to customers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and through programs with Pittsburgh-area restaurants.






Annie Dunn

Organization: 412 Food Rescue
Type: Food Rescue
Position: Volunteer
Annie Dunn is a volunteer with 412 Food Rescue. She enjoys being part of the community of volunteers in the food rescue community. She is passionate about volunteering because she believes access to food is a human right.



Ray JonesRay

Organization:  University of Pittsburgh

Type:             Business Professor

Position:        Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director

Ray Jones is the associate director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership and is a clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.  He specializes in the area of organizational behavior and business ethics.  He is the co-creator and the faculty champion for the College of Business Administration Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics (CPLE).  The CPLE program gives undergraduate business students from all business majors the opportunity to complete service-learning projects for community clients in which they apply their business toward solving a real-world business challenge.  Since the program's inception, students have completed hundreds of projects, both in Western Pennsylvania and internationally.

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