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Leah Lizarondo

Leah is the CEO and Cofounder of 412 Food Rescue, a technology and logistics organization setting the standard for retail food recovery. Leah received her graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.


Founded in 2015, 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S. Creating the infrastructure for national retailers, 412 Food Rescue has prevented over 5 million pounds of food from going to waste via technology that mobilizes over 4,000 drivers--food rescue heroes--the largest volunteer food transport network in a single urban region.

412 Food Rescue's innovative distribution model bridges the last mile and significantly impacts access and food security.

Set to expand globally, her work at 412 Food Rescue has been featured in national media including NPR, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Saveur, Organic Life, Bust Magazine, Success Magazine and Civil Eats.


In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk "Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table." In 2017, she was named in FoodTank's "17 Food Heroes to Inspire Us in 2017" and SmartBusiness "Who To Watch" as one of the individuals "poised to shape the Pittsburgh region in 2017 and beyond."


In 2018, she received the "Women of Influence" Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times and was named "Pittsburgher of the Year" by Pittsburgh City Paper. In 2018, 412 Food Rescue was also recognized as Pittsburgh Tech 50's "StartUp of the Year" -- making it the first nonprofit to receive the award.

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