Our Story

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 16 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.

RLC approaches the two large issues of hunger and food waste in three main ways.

  • First, we localize the issues into sets of communities that can help sustain themselves. We crowdsource the solution of the transportation to the members of the public in these communities as volunteers. After identifying the homeless shelters of a needy community, we proactively find restaurants, hotels, and catering companies with excess food in that vicinity that could help support these disadvantaged communities.
  • Second, we leverage technology to facilitate the identification and handling of excess food. Thus, partner food providers report when excess food is occurring and a web application is used to engage community members, because volunteering with us can be as easy as taking a brisk walk.
  • Third, we tackle food waste at its root, aiming to eliminate as much food waste as possible and bringing the remaining excess food to where it is needed most. The data of when food waste occurs is used in our analysis of what types of food waste could be avoided, and RLC suggests ways that partner food providers can reduce waste at its root.

Meet Robert


As a child of Korean immigrant parents who once struggled to provide food security to family, Robert understood what it’s like to be hungry as a young child. Robert's father was a civil engineer in Korea, and after their move to the U.S. started working in supermarket management. His mother become a homemaker due to the language barrier and limited job opportunities for immigrants. The couple placed a high value on their two sons' educations, at times struggling to keep enough food on the table for the family of four and refusing to let what they brought home go to waste.

Robert learned the importance of food waste prevention early in his life. Experiencing hunger firsthand, Robert knew that he wanted to prevent his family from facing that struggle again. Lee first worked at a hedge fund during his junior and senior years of high school. Because he enjoyed the experience, he decided to enroll at New York University's Stern School of Business for his undergraduate degree.

Upon graduation, Robert accepted a job offer from J.P. Morgan, while working part-time on launching RLC. Armed with lessons learned at his employer, Robert launched Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a nonprofit organization that targets both the prevention of quality food waste and putting an end to hunger, in New York City in the summer of 2013. He left J.P. Morgan in 2014 to run RLC full-time, using seed money he and co-founder Louisa Chen won at a venture competition during their senior senior year at NYU, as well as corporate donations from his former employer.

Our Team

Andrew Creamer
Marketing Director
Catherine Smiley
Chief Operating Officer
Justin Robles
Operations Director
Katie Stoll
Branch Coach
Rebecca Reagan
Development & Corporate Engagement Director
Robert Lee
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Shilpi Tandon
HR Manager (Part-Time)
Stephen Walsh
Director of Finance
Aditi Davray
Naav Advisors
Alexander Atzberger
CEO, Episerver
Founder, Wonderbon
Ashish Contractor
Managing Director
Moelis & Company
Carrie Goldin
President and Founder
RB4 Consulting, LLC
Colin Kim
Managing Director
JP Morgan Chase
Herman Cukier
Executive Chairman, President, and CEO
Enalare Therapeutics Inc
Hoi-Ling Wong
Associate General Counsel, Schrödinger
Jill Greenwald
Program Manager
Astia Angels
Kate Glasser
Corporate Vice President - Adhesive Industrials
Henkel Corporation
Lauren Davidson Sachs
Senior Vice President, Transwestern
Lia Simeone
Director, Data Science
Capital One
Louisa Chen
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Maria Schneider
Executive Vice President
Rabin Martin
Paul Sun
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Robert S. Frenchman
Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP
Rohit Dave
Vice President, Head of Corporate Development
Seema Pandya
Senior Finance Director, Americas Ads + Global Clients/Media Incentives
Soraya Depowski
Vice President
Goldman Sachs
Chris Kuo
Impact Council Chair
Abhishek Sheshadri
Impact Council Member
Charlie Wu
Impact Council Member
Erik Dahlquist
Private Wealth Manager
Faisal Choudhury
Glenfarne Group
Jeremy Ruch
Impact Council Member
Madison Toft
Senior Legal Project Manager
Perkins Coie
Reetika Purohit
Impact Council Member
Travis Ricca
Project Manager
Lehrer Cumming
Amanda Chan
Associate Board Vice Chair
Corinne Clemente
Associate Board Vice Chair
Director of Business Operations
MSG Entertainment
Mark Wilson
Associate Board Vice Chair
Supply Chain Consultant
Oliver Stahlmann
Associate Board Vice Chair
Data Analytics
Aditya Garg
Private Equity Associate
Centerbridge Partners
Alexander Carvalho
VC Associate
KLI Capital
Angela Li
Investment Associate
The Carlyle Group
Anne Wetzel
Haraka Capital
Akshat Shekhar
Private Equity Associate
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Ali Soloff
Private Equity Associate
Snow Phipps Group
Benjamin Best
JP Morgan
Benjamin Goldberg
Senior Associate
Brett Bakies
Investment Banking Analyst
J.P. Morgan
Chandler Park
Private Equity Investment Professional
Eden Capital
Conrad Harron
Real Estate Private Equity Analyst
Madison International Realty
Dara Morano
Vice President, Business Development
Gerson Lehrman Group
David C. Saltzman
Corporate Associate
Debevoise & Plimpton
Emily Patrick
Investment Banking Associate
Centerview Partners
Gautam Narasimhan
Private Equity Associate
Advent International
Hayley Williamson
Technical Project Manager
Bridgewater Associates
Jeffrey Shi
MBA Candidate
Columbia Business School
Jocelyn Kuo
Marketing Manager
Justin Wang
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Mary Marshall Anderson
Vice President
J.P. Morgan
Moritz Hochstetter
Deal Execution Associate Manager
Nik Carpentieri
Senior Associate
Morgenstern Capital
Rishin Shah
Sia Partners
Ronald Tu
Head of Business Operations
Good Uncle
Samantha Wu
Private Equity Associate
The Carlyle Group
Shane Magrann
Investment Associate
CION Investments
Shirley Liao
Account Manager
Shivam Desai
Growth & Partnerships
Teddy Henderson
Senior Associate
GI Partners
Udheesh Gaddipati
Principal Investor and Founder
Azath Capital LLC
Anna Rogers
Senior Digital Strategy Associate
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Elvin Espinal
Technical Engineer
FIT Technologies
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Fred Maley
Senior Analyst
S&P Global
New Jersey Associate Board Member
Kristan Newman
Atlanta, GA
Rachel Bergstrand
Atlanta, GA
Nicole Travis-Shields
Columbus, OH
Terrence Brooks
Columbus, OH
Ken Masterson
Dallas, TX
Dana Siles
Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Orlando Lam
New Jersey
Avani Patel
New Orleans, LA

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