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The FEED Collaborative is an academic program in sustainable food system education and innovation within Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences.  

Originally launched from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, we teach and apply human-centered design as a tool for solving systemic problems in the food system.

Our mission is to equip, inspire, and connect the next generation of leaders to meaningful opportunities across the food system, to accelerate the impact of thought-leading organizations working on important problems, and to develop innovative curriculum that meets the demands of an evolving world.  

We do this by working collaboratively with leaders, entrepreneurs, students, and other faculty on ambitious projects, and by developing creative confidence among those with whom we work.

Debra Dunn

Debra Dunn

Co-Founder

A long-time member of the faculty at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and Co-founder of the FEED Collaborative, Debra also works as a highly regarded advisor to business start-ups and social ventures around the world.

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Matt Rothe

Matt Rothe

Co-Founder

Co-founding the FEED Collaborative has allowed Matt to do exactly what he wants to be doing: exploring the intersection of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, experiential education in food, and the existential questions that plague our food system.

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Dara Silverstein

Dara Silverstein

Lecturer

Dara Silverstein is Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises’ Sustainable Food Program Manager where she focuses on purchasing, teaching gardens, operations (waste reduction, food donation, water, & energy), and education.

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Sophie Egan

Sophie Egan

Lecturer

Sophie Egan, MPH is director of health and sustainability leadership as well as the editorial director for strategic initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America.

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