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Devon Klatell

Managing Director, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Devon Klatell joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director, Food Initiative, she leads the Foundation’s work to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system in the United States. Currently, Ms. Klatell is collaborating with schools, healthcare insurers, hospitals, food service businesses and policy advocates to increase consumption of healthy, protective foods by vulnerable communities. In addition, Ms. Klatell oversees our work to prevent wasted food in the U.S., which seeks to eliminate the enormous environmental, social, and economic costs caused by food waste.

Prior to taking on her current role, Ms. Klatell led the process to refresh the Foundation’s global point of view on food and agriculture. She also led the Foundation’s Strategic Planning team, which designed implementation models, resource plans, risk assessments and impact targets for the Foundation’s global initiatives. In that role, Devon worked on the Foundation’s initiatives to address energy poverty, connect unemployed African youth with the digital economy, and reduce postharvest losses. Before joining the Foundation, Devon was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners and at Booz & Company. In these roles, she advised clients from a range of sectors on strategic, organizational, and employee engagement issues.

Ms. Klatell holds a B.A. from Harvard University in cognitive psychology and an M.A. in food systems from New York University, where she researched behavioral economics in addition to a broad array of cultural, historic, economic, and regulatory food issues.

Authored Content

  • May 01 2020
    Blog Post From Behind the School Lunch Counter to the Front Lines of Pandemic Response On May 1st of any other year, we would be marking School Lunch Hero Day by showing gratitude to the tens of thousands of school nutrition professionals who work tirelessly to make sure our children have healthy meals in the course of their school day. Even in the best of times, 30 million children in […] Devon Klatell, Noah Cohen-Cline
  • Mar 11 2020
    Blog Post Coronavirus and Food Access: Four Questions Every Community Needs to Answer In recent days, photos of empty supermarket shelves have been trending on social media, and the makers of shelf-stable items like dried beans and soups have seen their stock price tick up. As confirmed COVID-19 cases grow in communities across the country, many Americans are heeding the advice of local officials and the Centers for […] Devon Klatell
  • Jul 17 2018
    Blog Post Eating More of What We Grow Although food production worldwide has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, today, some 2 billion people still suffer from hunger, micronutrient deficiencies, and increasingly, obesity. According to the World Health Organization, diet quality is now the number-one contributing factor to death and disability worldwide. Frankly, our food system is failing to nourish everyone. At […] Alex Martinez, Devon Klatell
  • Feb 21 2018
    Blog Post Tackling Food Waste in Hotels: Q&A with Marriott International Worldwide, good food is going to waste rather than feeding people. In the United States alone, about 63 million tons of food are wasted each year, with 40% coming from consumer-facing business – including restaurants and hotels. The Rockefeller Foundation worked with the World Wildlife Fund and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to evaluate […] Denise Naguib, Devon Klatell
  • Oct 25 2017
    Blog Post Fighting Food Waste in America’s Cities A year or so ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, set out to undertake first-of-its-kind research to better understand wasted food in cities. Why? Because 40 percent of food in this country is never eaten—wasting massive amounts of water, energy, land and other resources—yet 41 million people don’t […] Dana Gunders, Devon Klatell
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