Panelists

Give Goods: Food Donation and Recovery

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Racine Droz

Director, Food Sourcing & Donor Relations, City Harvest

Racine Droz is the Director of Food Sourcing & Donor Relations at City Harvest.  She earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from Marist College with a focus on Nonprofit & Emergency Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Crime, Law, and Justice with a minor in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University.  Racine is responsible for rescuing over 20 million pounds of food annually within the five boroughs of New York and leads a team engaged with food wholesalers, supermarkets, green markets and corporate cafeterias with the goal of insuring donations are collected and distributed to community partners as efficiently as possible. For over 10 years, Racine has collaborated with City Harvest’s mission in feeding hungry families in New York City as well as ensuring no stone goes unturned within food rescue.

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Jenique Jones

Senior Director, Program Operations, City Harvest

Jenique Jones is City Harvest’s Senior Director of Program Operations, and she oversees the organization’s food distribution programs.  Her team ensures tens of millions of pounds are delivered to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and community food programs across New York City’s five boroughs annually.  Jenique joined City Harvest in 2009 as a Senior Manager overseeing programs in Queens and managing a program helping emergency food partners improve and sustain their operations.  In her current role, Jenique focuses on increasing efficiencies and supporting her staff in meeting City Harvest’s goal to deliver more food to meet the need across the city. A native New Yorker, Jenique is passionate about empowering her neighbors to make positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities. She has had a long career in the public sector working for both the New York State Senate and the NYC Department of Education prior to joining City Harvest.

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Robert Lee

Co-Founder & CEO, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Robert Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.  Robert was a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from New York University. At NYU, Mr. Lee worked on a club called that delivered leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. Over the four years that Mr.  Lee was a part of this organization, he learned best practices of operations in delivering food, fostered relationships within the industry, and honed volunteer management skills. After graduating, Mr. Lee worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co before resigning in 2014 to continue his passion of helping the hungry and reducing food waste by working full-time at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. Mr. Lee has been honored as a CNN Hero, Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, NYC Food Policy 40 Under 40, and Youth Action Net Fellow. 

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Find Goods: Innovations in Textile Reuse

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Moderator: Sonia Park

Assistant Vice President, Creative and Applied Tech Industry Innovation Team, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Sonia Park works at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) where she leads the City's fashion programming as Assistant Vice President on the Industry Innovation Team.  NYCEDC supports fashion through education, technology and real estate development programming. 

Prior to coming to NYCEDC, Sonia worked in the fashion industry for 18 years focusing on product development, production and supply chain operations. Her experience in larger corporations like Polo Jeans Co., Liz Claiborne, and Cole Haan provided a great foundation for working with smaller companies where she was responsible for strategizing, building the right relationships, as well as setting up supply chain channels.

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Dana Davis

Vice President, Sustainability, Product, and Business Strategy, Mara Hoffman

Dana Davis graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2003, and immediately co-founded a design label and retail store in Brooklyn, NY. After several years, her passion in production and design led to her to work across the apparel industries at various companies such as Urban Outfitters, Macys and Carlisle Group.

In 2010, she was recruited by Mara Hoffman to lead and grow the company’s Production Department, where she secured partnerships with facilities across the world while optimizing internal processes. In 2012, Davis became the Director of Production and Design and was integral in the company’s transformation into the recognizable and widely distributed brand that it is today.

In 2015, Founder and President Mara Hoffman appointed Davis to spearhead the company’s transition towards sustainability. Since then, the Mara Hoffman brand has taken critical steps to mapping, evaluating, and reconfiguring its supply chain in order to make positive changes.

Dana, now the Vice President of Sustainability, Product and Business Strategy is also an advisor for Fashion Revolution USA and is engaged with industry organizations, educators and innovators such as Fashion Positive, Textile Exchange, CFDA, and the SAC.

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Carmen Gama

Renew Designer, EILEEN FISHER

Carmen Gama is a New York-based designer born and raised in Mexico. She attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York and graduated as a finalist for the ‘Designer of the Year’ Award, Class of 2015. Upon graduation, Gama’s ‘Sustainable Urban Outerwear’ thesis earned her the inaugural Eileen Fisher x CFDA Social Innovator fellowship. During her fellowship, Gama worked collaboratively to design a scalable and profitable manufacturing system for the recycled EILEEN FISHER garments, which concluded with a “Remade in The USA” capsule collection that debuted in July 2016. Today, EILEEN FISHER Renew has taken back over a million garments and made over 10 million dollars in sales.

Gama has a true passion for solution-based design and technological innovation. Through this framework she is constantly challenging her design values by striving to design clothes with the potential to last a lifetime and utilizing processes that make the most of old garments to create new designs. Gama has been featured in numerous publications including Women’s Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Jessica Schreiber

Founder, FABSCRAP

Jessica Schreiber is the Founder of FABSCRAP, which provides convenient pickup and recycling of fabric scraps from businesses in New York City and creates opportunities for reuse. Prior to launching FABSCRAP, she was responsible for New York City’s textile recycling and e-waste recycling contracts and programs as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability at the Department of Sanitation. She has a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and was recently featured in Apparel Magazine’s Top Elite Under 30.

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Francois Souchet

Lead, Make Fashion Circular, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Francois Souchet leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular initiative. Make Fashion Circular is bringing together leaders from across the industry to create a circular economy for fashion through business innovation and better design. 


Do Good: Reuse-Driven Partnerships

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Moderator: Katy Gaul-Stigge

President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Katy Gaul-Stigge is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc, one of a network of 162 national organizations serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She joined the $110 million social enterprise in March 2016. Gaul-Stigge oversees the operations of 57 Goodwill NYNJ programs and more than 40 retail locations in the New York City metropolitan area, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the capital region of NY. In her tenure she has created a new strategic plan for the organization, Vision 2020, focusing on improving operations with a strategic focus to expand mission impact. Goodwill has opened new integrated wellness center for people working with mental illness and launched career pathways program to upskill retail employees. A major force in workforce development strategy and policy, Gaul-Stigge gained national and international attention for her development of Mayor de Blasio’s Career Pathways strategy as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. She led key City-wide agencies in the fourteen years of city service prior to joining Goodwill NYNJ. Including as Deputy Commissioner at Human Resources Administration (HRA) for Employment & Contracts workforce program including the Back 2 Work, Jobs-Plus, and subsidized job programs. Gaul-Stigge was also Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS.) where she led the Training and Advancement team which launched NYC Training Guide and expanded anti-poverty programs for working New Yorkers. Gaul-Stigge is well-known as a workforce development leader and policy voice. She has presented at numerous conferences and think-tank symposiums. Katy Gaul-Stigge lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and Mt. Holyoke College. She has participated in the Workforce Leaders Academy and is a member of Coro Leadership NY.

Elizabeth John

Executive Director, PowerMyLearning

Elizabeth oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning in 2013, Elizabeth served as the Director of Education Programs for New York Cares, where her team implemented over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year, in partnership with hundreds of schools and agencies in New York City. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught sixth and eighth grade Math at a high-needs public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.

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Allison Luciano

Senior Coordinator, Site Care & Program Operations, Room to Grow New York

Allison joined Room to Grow in December 2016 as Site Care Coordinator, excited to take on the in-kind and volunteer program at Room to Grow. She previously spent four years at a high volume, 5th Avenue clothing retailer, working extensively with inventory planning and management. Prior to this, Allison worked for an intensive therapeutic alternative to incarceration for juvenile delinquents in the NYC court system, after earning her BA from NYU in

Metropolitan Studies. At Room to Grow, Allison ensures the quality and supply of baby essentials provided to families, overseeing the local Site Care team and volunteer sessions. She is currently focused on standardizing inventory and volunteer processes cross-regionally, and supporting New York’s strategic growth plans through the opening of satellite locations.

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Reuse Futures

Fiona Anastas

Material Specialist • Designer, Hyloh

With experience in the fields of design, materials and education, Fiona loves partnering with companies to identify and implement new materials and processes. Trained as a home economics teacher before pursuing a Master of Design, Fiona taught textile theory and technique at a university in Sydney, was a Material Specialist and Project Manager at Material ConneXion, and a Content Strategist with Gensler, both in New York.

Stephanie Benedetto

CEO & Co-Founder, Queen of Raw

Corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw, a marketplace that brings raw material back to life by giving the factories that over produce it and the brands that over purchase it a place to recapture its value and map, measure, and trace supply chains. Prior to starting Queen of Raw, Stephanie worked as a lawyer in the fashion, media/entertainment, start-up, and technology industries and co-founded a sustainable textile manufacturing facility. An advocate for women in business and sustainability, her companies have been featured in NYTimes, Vogue, WWD, ELLE, Cheddar, Parade, WCBS, United Nations, Fortune, Entrepreneur, WIRED, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Fast Company. Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL LAUNCH.org Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0, and was a Finalist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, Rent the Runway/UBS Project Entrepreneur, and the $1M Verizon Powerful Answers Award. She is a Member of Pledge 1% and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney.

Jennifer Russell

Lecturer - Bard MBA in Sustainability, Bard College

Dr. Jennifer Russell is a sustainability leader and circular economy scientist who specializes in sustainability outcomes at the intersection of business strategy and ethics, operations, circular economy and stakeholder engagement. As a sustainability professional, Jennifer has been involved in facility-level impact assessment (energy use, water use, waste generation), facility sustainability, waste, and building retro-fitting assessment, product life-cycle assessment, supply-chain and value-chain assessment, sustainability metrics development and corporate sustainability reporting, and other environmental and regulatory compliance reporting. Jennifer has supported global-level consulting projects for several multi-national CPG companies to develop circular economy strategy, sustainability, and implementation plans.  Jennifer co-authored the UNEP IRP report "Re-defining Value - The Manufacturing Revolution" (2018) , which advocates the essential need for systems-thinking in assessing the potential to achieve joint environmental and economic improvements through innovative approaches to production systems, value-chain and supply-chain management, and the engagement of internal corporate stakeholders. Looking specifically at the barriers and constraints faced by individual firms, Jennifer's industry experience and research is focused on leveraging meaningful assessment and strategy to support a firm's decision to engage in more sustainable and circular production and operating practices. Jennifer also lectures in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program, teaching Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain, and Circular Value Chain courses. Jennifer received her B.ES (2006) from the University of Waterloo, her MBA (2010) from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. (2018) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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