Devon Klatell joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Vice President, Food Initiative, she oversees the Foundation’s Good Food Strategy in the United States, working to advance a more nourishing, regenerative and equitable domestic food system. Currently, Ms. Klatell is collaborating with schools, healthcare insurers, hospitals, food service businesses, policy makers and other funders to increase consumption of healthy, sustainably produced foods by underserved communities. In addition, Ms. Klatell leads our work on the True Cost of Food, which analyzes the hidden costs of the food system on health, equity and the environment.
Prior to taking on her current role, Ms. Klatell led our Yieldwise initiative which invested in preventing wasted food in the U.S., to eliminate the enormous environmental, social, and economic costs caused by food waste. 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.