Impact Beyond Deliciousness

Conversations on food’s role in fueling positive environmental and social change


Dana Frasz

Founder & Director, Food Shift

Dana is a visionary and determined systems thinker with 14 years of food recovery, management, and entrepreneurship experience including launching her own award-winning food recovery group at Sarah Lawrence College and spending three years at Ashoka supporting social entrepreneurs from around the world. Acknowledging that our food system is leaving both food and people falling through the cracks, Dana launched Food Shift in 2012 in Oakland.  Since then, Food Shift has established food recovery programs within Oakland schools, demonstrated to grocery stores how donating food can save businesses money, helped local governments understand how to improve food recovery, and now with The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda,they are building a model that reduces waste, provides jobs, and improves access to nutrition. Food Shift is a key educator, innovator, and leader within the national movement to reduce wasted food.  In 2015 Dana was selected as one of 50 brilliant young trailblazers shaping our future and rethinking the world as part of the Mic 50 and in 2014 Dana was selected by Good 100 as one of the top global citizens of 2014 for her innovative food conservation efforts. Learn more about Dana's background including awards and endorsements here. Dana grew up in rural Maine and takes care of a big garden and 3 chickens at home.

Graham Gardner

co-founder, Civil Labs

Graham is co-founder of Civil Labs, an Oakland-based youth development social enterprise. Civil Labs activates youth leadership by designing food businesses with underserved young people, and employs them to help run these businesses. The Civil Labs education + employment model explores creativity, entrepreneurship, and social change through the business of food. Previously Graham worked as a Design Strategist with Gobee Group, and spent five years in Cambodia developing media campaigns supporting youth development and rural small business growth. He holds an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.

Doug Hewitt

co-founder, 1951 Coffee Company

Doug began working in the coffee industry in 2007 as a barista at Starbucks in Mill Valley, CA while working on his Masters in Intercultural Studies from Union University. In 2011 he began working as a roaster on the Aleta Wondo Coffee project through Boot Coffee Consulting. He shifted industries to work as an Employment Specialist for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 2012 and concluded his time with the IRC as the Resettlement Team Coordinator , overseeing refugee resettlement for 7 San Francisco Bay Area counties. In May of 2015, Doug began work with Rachel Taber on founding 1951 Coffee Company, a non-profit organization focused on the training and employment of refugees as baristas in addition to advocating for refugees in the larger community