Announcing the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in partnership with The George Washington University

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​​Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington University, is excited to announce the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit on January 21st and 22nd, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

This two-day event will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium (former home to CNN's Crossfire) and feature more than 75 different expert speakers from the food and agriculture field.

Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels on topics including; urban agriculture, workers in the food system, food waste, family farmers creating resilience in the food system, true cost accounting, democratizing innovation, and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: Food Tank is offering a limited time 15 percent OFF early bird registration. The event will SELL OUT (we are already >50% sold). Please REGISTER TODAY and use promotional code “EARLYBIRD” at checkout. For those unable to attend in person, the entire event will be offered for free via livestream on

Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at The George Washington University, will kick off the conference with a keynote speech. “I’ve talked with thousands of women in agriculture – from young women thinking about entering farming to older women who have been tilling the soil for decades. Each of their stories is powerful on its own. But taken together, they have been an inspiration to the entire country,” said Merrigan. The Food Tank Summit will bring these stories and more to center stage at GW University this January.

This two-day experience will feature dynamic discussions with participants from around the world!

The exciting line-up of speakers in alphabetical order includes (many more will be added — stay tuned):

  • Tom Adkins, Open Organize
  • David AylwardAshoka
  • Patricia BenekeUnited Nations Environmental Program
  • Laurie Benson1% for Women
  • Jonathan Bloom, Author, American Wasteland
  • Steve BresciaGroundswell International
  • Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Law School
  • Katie Campbell, ActionAid
  • Michael F. Curtin, Jr.DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project
  • Scott Davis, Panera Bread
  • Diana DonlonCenter for Food Safety
  • Debra EschmeyerFoodCorps
  • John FiskWinrock International
  • Jerry GloverNational Geographic
  • Chandler GouleNational Farmers Union
  • Brian HalweilEdible Manhattan; Author, Eat Here
  • Karen Hansen KuhnInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Wenonah HauterFood and Water Watch
  • Pamela HessArcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
  • Jill IsenbargerStone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Nabeeha KaziCommunity for Zero Hunger & Humanitas Global
  • Ivy KenGeorge Washington University
  • Jeremiah LoweryRestaurant Opportunities Center DC
  • Aaron McCloudCedar Restaurant Rooftop Garden
  • Kathleen MerriganGW Sustainability Institute
  • Brad NelsonMarriott Corporation
  • Danielle NierenbergFood Tank
  • Thomas PesekInternational Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Bernie PrinceFreshFarm Markets
  • Janet RanganathanWorld Resources Institute
  • Vicky RateauOxfam America
  • Kathryn RussellONE Campaign
  • Sara ScherrEcoAgriculture Partners
  • Frank SesnoGeorge Washington University
  • Liz ShulerNational AFL-CIO
  • Coach Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute
  • Julie SteinWildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
  • Roger ThurowChicago Council on Global Affairs; Author, Enough and The Last Hunger Season
  • Baldemar VelasquezFarm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

Reminder – Food Tank is offering a limited time 15 percent OFF early bird registration. The event will SELL OUT. Please REGISTER TODAY, use code “EARLYBIRD” at checkout. 

Can’t make it to D.C? The event will also be available via live-stream on! Have a speaker suggestion? Email me anytime at

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