The Global Alliance Announces Anna Lappé as New Executive Director

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Thursday, 18 May 2023 – The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is thrilled to announce that Anna Lappé has been named as its new Executive Director. A noted advocate for food systems transformation, Lappé brings over twenty years of experience in philanthropy, advocacy, and communications to the Global Alliance’s mission of transforming global food systems for present and future generations.

Lappé is the founder or co-founder of three organizations, including the Small Planet Institute, Real Food Media, and the Small Planet Fund, and the founder of the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation. She currently leads a multi-million dollar grantmaking portfolio at Panta Rhea, which is a member of the Global Alliance.

As the Global Alliance enters its 11th year, it has significantly expanded its work on food systems as a critical climate solution and has advanced efforts around decolonizing food systems and addressing justice and equity issues. With Lappé at the helm, the organization aims to leverage the unique resources and power of the Global Alliance to champion just and equitable solutions and fundamentally transform global policy and economic structures for good.

We are excited to welcome Anna Lappé as the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s new Executive Director and look forward to the organization’s continued efforts in driving food systems change.


A radical redesign of global food systems

Global food systems are a key driver of critical crises like the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse. Watch Anna Lappé, our new Executive Director, as she discusses leading the Global Alliance for the Future of Food in a radical redesign of food systems.

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Anna Lappé is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance of the Future of Food. An internationally recognized expert on food systems and a respected advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including Real Food Media, a communications strategy non-profit, and the Small Planet Fund, which supports democratic social movements worldwide. In 2016, she launched the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation, moving resources to organizations, initiatives, and alliances in the United States and around the world working at the intersections of food systems, health, climate, biodiversity, and social justice. In this role, Anna worked closely with philanthropic partners around the world, including the Global Alliance, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, and the Agroecology Fund.

Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the co-author or author of three books on food, farming, and sustainability and the contributing author to, or featured in, nineteen more. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in The Washington Post, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. 

Anna most recently helped edit the U.S. edition of The Pesticide Atlas and relaunch her mother’s iconic 1971 classic Diet for a Small Planet, with a new introduction and all new recipes. In addition, Anna’s book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury), was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental books of the year. In addition to her books, Anna’s opinion writing can be found in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, among other outlets. She has contributed a regular column for Al Jazeera America and Earth Island Journal and has been a guest editor for special editions on food for The Nation magazine.

A sought-after public speaker, in the past twenty years Anna has participated in more than 600 events, from keynoting the largest natural foods trade show in the United States to hosting a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s. She has also been a guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, New York University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, Vassar, the University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University, among many others. Her popular TEDx talks and Food MythBuster videos have been viewed nearly 2 million times.  

Anna has been a featured expert on PBS’s Retro Report, Need to Know, and Nourish and the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet as well as co-hosted the public television series, The Endless Feast. Anna is also a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has appeared on dozens of radio programs and podcasts, including NPR’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and Here and Now. 

Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. She is an active board member of the Rainforest Action Network and serves on the Steering Committees of the Food and Farm Communications Fund and the Castanea Fellowship.

Anna is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and daughters.