Our Story

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 12 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 six months ago to run RLC full-time, using seed money he and co-founder Louisa Chen won at a venture competition during their senior year at NYU, as well as corporate donations from his former employer.

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Leadership

LOUISA CHEN
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Louisa graduated from New York University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, cum laude. While at NYU, Louisa served on the executive board of Two Birds One Stone, an organization which distributed leftover dining hall food to local homeless shelters. There she introduced means of measuring impact, streamlined deliveries and fostered relationships within the industry. Inspired by the club’s impact, Louisa entered and won seed funding in a social entrepreneurship competition at NYU with Robert and together launched Rescuing Leftover Cuisine as a non-profit organization upon graduation.

ROBERT LEE
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Robert Lee is a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from New York University. Coming from a humble background, he is committed to doing all he can to help those in need. At NYU, Robert worked on a club called Two Birds One Stone which delivers leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. Over the four years that Robert was a part of this organization, he learned best practices of operations in delivering food, fostered relationships within the industry, and honed volunteer management skills. During Robert’s three years as president, he has helped the organization receive the NYU Green Grant for the best green initiative on campus and led volunteers to deliver over 12,000 pounds of food. After graduating, Robert worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. before continuing his passion of helping the hungry and reducing food waste by co-founding Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.

PAUL SUN
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Sun is a finance professional with experience in private equity and investment banking advisory across a broad range of industries. Currently, Paul is a private equity associate focusing on leveraged buyouts in the manufacturing, services and specialty consumer industries. Prior to that, Paul was an investment banking analyst in which he focused on advisory work and financing solutions for leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and debt financings in the consumer, healthcare, energy and technology sectors. Paul was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and received a B.S., magna cum laude, in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Team Members

MARGARITA SIMON
Community Outreach Analyst

Margarita is currently a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she is majoring in Economics. She has been heavily involved with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine for more than 2 years as a volunteer. In the last two years, she has overseen the collection of incredible amounts of food that would’ve otherwise been thrown away and is dedicated to RLC’s mission of ending food waste and hunger. RLC has become a huge part of her life, and she is glad that she can help make a difference. Margarita is thrilled to work with volunteers, meet new people, and train new lead rescuers to further expand RLC.

HANNAH HUSBY
Route Manager

Hannah is a New Jersey native pursuing her masters in clinical nutrition at NYU. Always looking to volunteer, Hannah was eager to work with some of New York City's great organizations. After several unsuccessful attempts to volunteer with large food waste rescue organizations, she found out about RLC and really connected with their mission and was so excited when they took her on as an intern in her junior year. She eventually became the route manager in the last year and realized that RLC's mission was, and still is, important enough that she stayed on even with school full time and two other jobs. Working with RLC is something she is proud of and hopes to find ways to continue doing well after graduation!

CATHERINE SMILEY
Outreach Analyst

Catherine is a St. John's University alum, where she majored in Communication Arts with a minor in Business. She graduated in 2011 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Ozanam Scholars Program, which is dedicated to understanding and addressing global and local social justice issues through academics and research as well as community service. Catherine has participated in a number of community service trips, serving underprivileged communities in the Marshall Islands, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, and is excited to work with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to eliminate both food waste and hunger.

CHELSEA YIN
Head of Business Strategy

Chelsea Yin is currently a corporate development associate at Tableau Software, responsible for M&A and strategic investments. Prior to joining Tableau, Chelsea was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan where she focused on advisory work and financing solutions in the financial technology and asset management sectors. Chelsea graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Finance, cum laude. In addition to her interest in technology, Chelsea also has a great passion for helping others in her community and reducing food waste. Growing up with her grandparents in rural China, Chelsea experienced the hard work that goes into farming firsthand and has understood the importance of food waste prevention since she was a young child.

Marketing Team

CHRISTINA XIONG
Marketing & Partner Outreach Chair

Christina is passionate about building sustainable solutions that have lasting impact in her community! After seeing perfectly-edible, unsold food being thrown away in NYC, she decided to join RLC as a Lead Rescuer, redirecting this food to rescue missions and educating fellow volunteers about food waste and food insecurity. One thing led to another and now, as our Marketing & Partner Outreach Chair, she helps our leadership team expand RLC via social media campaigns and new initiatives. In addition to managing our Facebook page, she helped launch our first newsletter, "The Inside SCOOP" and continues to use these communication channels to build support from volunteers and partners.

DIANA JIN
Social Media: Twitter Manager

Diana Jin is a NYU Stern Alumnus who will be providing more information on her mysterious past later on!

Board of Directors

KERRY BALDWIN
DeBere Capital Partners
Partner

Kerry is a partner at DeBere Capital, a coporate finance boutique focused on raising capital for growth companies and alternative funds through a global network of family offices, venture capital and private equity investors. DeBere specializes in Impact Investing, Tecnhology and Life-science. Kerry has nearly 20 years of professional experience, and with that an extensive background in marketing, instiitutional fundraising, and client development. Previously he has held prominent roles at Investment Bands, Funds of Funds and Hedge Funds. He had worked as a consultant for both emerging investment managers and start-up businesses to create tailored business development strategies to identify suitable investors, raise investment capital, establish and encourage best pratices, and support the growth and development of the firms. Kerry also serves as an Advisor to several businesses including a co-working community of freelancers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs; a cutting edge media compay designed to customize hyperlocal web content; and an educational impact firm connecting classrooms of children with one another around the world using 360 video technology.

ED CASABIAN
Uber
Senior Marketing Manager

Ed Casabian is a Senior Marketing Manager at Uber and helps lead marketing in New York City. Prior to Uber, he worked for the hyperlocal news startup "outside.in" that was acquired by AOL. He was also a community fellow for SoundCloud before starting his career at Uber. As part of a project called the “N.Y.C. Nomad,” Ed lived in 52 different neighborhoods of New York City over the course of one year. The New York Times, NPR and other publications covered the story. He studied Economics at Tufts University and lives in Alphabet City.

SOLOMON CHOI
16 Handles
CEO

Solomon Choi is the founder and CEO of 16 Handles, New York's leading frozen dessert brand with over 40 locations in the East Coast and internationally in the Middle East. He moved to NY in 2008 from California and brings 15 years of hospitality and foodservice management experience. Solomon has been featured on MSN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, ABC News, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others. He is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at USC with a degree in Marketing.

ADITI DAVRAY
Naav Advisors
Principal

Aditi is a strategic advancement consultant to nonprofit, philanthropic and private sector organizations. Over the last decade, she has worked on projects with nonprofit organizations, in the areas of program management, resource development, program implementation, evaluation, board development and strategic communications and branding. Aditi received a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Before attending NYU, Aditi worked in the corporate sector for several years managing sales operations for luxury hotel brands. Presently, She serves as a Steering Committee member of the Asian Women Giving Circle and strategic advancement Advisor at Visit.org, a b-corporation.

IVAN DUCOS
My.Suit
Operations Manager

Ivan Ducos is an Operations Manager for the custom menswear company, My.Suit. He is currently involved in new system development and oversees operations at the Financial District branch. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he moved to New York searching for opportunities after an island‐wide economic downturn caused a difficult business climate. Having earned a B.A. with a focus in small business from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, he helped several local small businesses develop marketing and operation strategies. Ivan was an active member of the university's International Student’s Association, which assisted foreign exchange students in acclimating and helping them connect with people in a, possibly intimidating, new environment. Ivan currently lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn where he enjoys rock climbing, bike riding and restaurant hunting but forever misses Caribbean winters.

GIORGIA FAVARETTO
Thomson Reuters
Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Giorgia Favaretto‐Illig is Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Practical Law at Thomson Reuters Legal. Giorgia started at Practical Law in 2008 and built and managed the marketing operation and demand generation engine that was directly responsible for the successful launch of Practical Law in the US Legal market. After the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters in 2013, Giorgia became the head of both the Product Marketing and Operation teams for Practical Law and Legal Ed. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Giorgia worked for over 10 yearscom and software industries leading digital marketing projects as well as software development, analytics and data projects. Giorgia was born and raised in Venice Italy where she attended the University of Venice and graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Giorgia moved to California in 1998 to attend a postgraduate course in marketing at the University of San Diego California. Giorgia speaks fluently English, Italian, and French and has lived and worked in Italy, the South of France, California, and now New York City.

ROBERT S. FRENCHMAN
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Shareholder

Bob Frenchman has been practicing law in New York for over twenty years, and is currently a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Bob represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other financial services clients in enforcement and other proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and other financial services industry regulators. Bob writes and speaks frequently on securities law topics. Bob received a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and a J.D. from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the law review. Bob served as a law clerk for a federal district judge before entering private practice. Bob lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and two children, but spends his free time on the ski hills of Vermont.

KEVIN GARVEY
Time Warner Inc.
Senior Cyber Security Analyst

Kevin Garvey is currently a Senior Cyber Security Analyst at Time Warner Corp helping to build and augment their current cyber security program. Kevin has previous Cyber Security experience at J.P. Morgan and New York Power Authority. Kevin found a passion for Cyber Security from his early days in working with technology trying to figure out who was the face behind the scenes writing viruses and what their motives were. Kevin graduated with a BS in Finance and a Masters Certificate in Cyber Security from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Kevin currently lives in Forest Hills, Queens with his wife and daughter. Kevin and his family enjoy volunteering, traveling the world, trying out new cuisines and running.

CARRIE GOLDIN
RB4 Consulting, LLC
President and Founder

Carrie Goldin is the President of RB4 Consulting which she started in 2014. There she advises on marketing strategy and group structure & organizational design to maximize net revenue and streamline data. She has expertise in revitalizing both subscription-based and direct response business models in the for-profit and non-profit spaces. Previously Carrie was a Senior Vice President at Time Inc. where she worked in Consumer Marketing for 17 years. Carrie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Biology from Cornell and an MBA from Columbia University. Carrie currently lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two sons.

SUNIT SHAH
Pine River Capital Management
Strategist

Sunit N. Shah is a strategist with Pine River Capital Management. Shah's experience in finance includes seven years of financial modeling for Life Settlement Consulting and Management, a position at Stanfield Capital Partners modeling movements of credit spreads, and corporate finance analysis at the Boston Consulting Group for a billion‐dollar household products company. Prior work also includes founder's roles in both a dot com and a financial start‐up as well as consulting for firms such as Investure, LLC and the CFA Institute. Over the past ten years, Shah has taught a number of introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate economics courses in microeconomics, statistics, and finance. Shah received his doctorate in economics as well as his bachelor's in mathematics and economics from the University of Virginia.

LINDSEY STORM
Twin Star Orchards
Project Coordinator

Lindsey Storm is presently the project manager with a Brooklyn start-up engaged in a farm-to-table business venture. Prior to that, Lindsey was a Vice President of Credit Sales at BNP Paribas in New York City, where she worked for 7 years. Before moving to New York City, she was the home office branch manager for a financial advisory firm focused on municipal housing bonds. More recently, Lindsey has been actively involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York City. Lindsey grew up in western Massachusetts and earned her B.A. degree in Economics from Smith College. She currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and has been fortunate enough to be able to travel to 6 of the 7 continents.

ERICA TOTH
SHM
Managing Director

Erica Toth is the global Managing Director of SHM, a business services organization that uses insights into people’s motivation to open opportunities and solve complex, human-centered problems. Erica oversees SHM's portfolio of projects and runs the project team. Prior to joining SHM, Erica worked in media and politics. She was a producer for MSNBC News and worked as a legislative assistant to two US congressmen. Erica graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor's degree in History. She then earned a Master's degree in History (Hons) at Oxford University (St. Catherine's College) and a Master's degree in Global Politics (Merit) from the London School of Economics. Erica speaks fluent Hungarian, is conversational in French and is learning Spanish. In her free time, Erica loves reading literature, trying new restaurants and cooking, and is learning to surf. Even though she travels a lot for work, Erica’s enjoyment of discovering new places and getting immersed in different cultures is yet to wear off – and she hopes it never does!

Board of Advisors

BRAD MARG
Clutch
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Brad is responsible for the company’s daily operations, all marketing initiatives and client delivery. Brad manages teams responsible for customer service, account management, marketing and client onboarding. Brad leads with strong knowledge and experience in the retail, foodservice, SMB and luxury goods sectors. Prior to joining Clutch, Brad managed retail initiatives, drove innovation and managed crosschannel operational support at ARAMARK. Additionally, Brad has broad range of expertise in strategic development, operations and management. Brad is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a BS in Business Administration. Brad also received his Masters Degree from Temple University in Marketing where he is also an Adjunct Professor. He and his family live in Philadelphia.

STEVE REGEN
Penultimate Hospitality Group
Owner

Steve Regen has been involved in every aspect of the Hospitality sector for over a decade, and is currently the Chairman of Penultimate Hospitality Group. Penultimate’s motto is “From Concept to Conquest” and Steve wants to bring that same ethos to RLC. Steve has worked with world renowned chefs like Masaharu Morimoto, top Hospitality brands like Hyatt Hotels, as well as QSR titans ranging from Starbucks to Jack in the Box. Steve graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and currently resides in Southern California.

SAM BEAINI
NYC Department of Small Business Services
Director of Strategy & Initiatives

Sam Beaini is the Director of Strategy & Initiatives of the Food Service & Accommodation Industry Partnership within the NYC Department of Small Business Services. With global work experience in Sydney, Beirut, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dubai and New York and more than 20 years in the food and hospitality industry, Sam has worked in exceptional hospitality organizations including the Four Seasons Hotels, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Norwegian Cruise lines and Sumaq Restaurant Management. Also, Sam has held senior executive level management positions and spearheaded the creation, development, and franchising of casual and fine dining restaurant concepts. Sam holds a Bachelor's degree in International Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University, United Kingdom and two other hotel management diplomas from IHTTI, Switzerland and BMHS, Australia.

As the Director of Strategy & Initiatives, Sam works in close collaboration with the Founding Executive Director to initiate sustainable strategies that support the NYC Food and Accommodation industry's workforce development and business support.

MICHEL MROUE
NYC Department of Small Business Services
Executive Directore

Michel Mroue is the Founding Executive Director of the Food Service & Accommodation Industry Partnership within the NYC Department of Small Business Services.  An esteemed graduate of the International Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Switzerland, Mroue’ has over 15 years of food and beverage industry and management experience, serving both director and manager positions for exceptional hospitality organizations including the Quin hotel,  Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Omni Hotels, and The New York Palace.

As the Director of the NYC Food & Beverage Council, Mroue’ works closely with Mayor De Blasio’s “Future Career Paths” initiative to bolster food service workforce development as the industry’s representative of NYC government affairs. His sustainable strategy in fostering partnerships with employers, operators, and investors supports the pipeline of local talent for NYC food service jobs and strengthens organizations by addressing primary issues facingthe industry.

KATHERINE WANG
Bain & Company
Associate Consultant

Katherine holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Finance and Operations & Information Management. During her time at Bain, she has worked across healthcare, financial services, and consumer products sectors as well as in the Private Equity Group. Katherine is excited to work with the rest of the RLC team to fight food waste across multiple cities and looks forward to working on various projects and initiatives in the organization. She currently resides in New York City and enjoys exploring city events and new food spots.

ELONIA MCHENRY
Bain & Company
Senior Associate Consultant

Elonia McHenry is currently a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Before that, Elonia was at Everlane, an online retailer committed to radical transparency. She most recently worked with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine on a pro-bono case through the Bain and Blue Ridge Labs partnership. She led a team of four to help grow and sustain RLC’s volunteer base. Elonia was impressed with the daily impact each pick-up makes and is committed to reducing food waste. She graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in finance and operations. She currently resides in NYC.

Young Leadership Board

WELLES BORIES
YLB Board Chair

Welles is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine's Young Leadership Board Chair. He currently works at Fundation, an early stage financial technology company focused on small business lending. Previously, he held various positions in the financial services industry ranging from private equity-principal focused lending to alternative investment fund structuring. Welles grew up in Colorado, attended high school in Connecticut and graduated from Hamilton College in upstate New York with a degree in history. He is an avid skier and die hard Denver Broncos fan who is still reeling from their heartbreaking Super Bowl XLVIII collapse which he witnessed firsthand.

REMI GENDRON
YLB Board Member

Remi Gendron is currently an analyst at Egon Zehnder, a management consulting firm, working across the Healthcare and Sustainability sectors. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder in 2014, Remi spent five years as a Research Coordinator at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, working for several Principal Investigators in the Orthopedic Research Department. In addition to his interest in healthcare and science, Remi also has a great passion for food and cooking. In 2013, he started the Tribeca Canning Company, a sustainable food production company that makes a variety of sauces. Remi received his B.A. in English Literature from Hamilton College in 2009, and was born and raised in New York City.

KAVITA KAMDAR
YLB Board Member

Kavita Kamdar is a senior strategy analyst at JPMorgan Chase in New York City. She is originally from Texas and studied Economics and Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She focuses on identifying and developing key growth initiatives in financial services. She strongly believes that food waste is a significant problem, but one that has simple, and scalable solutions. She is committed to raising awareness, driving growth and efficiencies, and ultimately, helping those in need.

RICHARD KIM
YLB Board Member

Richard Kim is a capital markets associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and has previously worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Clifford Chance US LLP. Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, he primarily advises clients on securitization and other corporate matters. In addition to being a member of the Young Leadership Board, he is involved in a pro bono representation for veterans’ rights. Richard graduated from Binghamton University summa cum laude and obtained his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to the New York Bar.

Volunteers

ABHINAV SHRESTHA
Volunteer Developer

Abhinav is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and previously worked at Pivotal Labs. In his free time, he reads the AV Club religiously

ARTEM SHAVADSKIY
Volunteer Developer

Artem is a University of Maryland, College Park graduate who first discovered the issue of food waste in college. Although he was a computer science major, he wanted to branch out and learn more. In doing so, he joined a combined engineering/business program called QUEST, where he and other students were challenged to solve all sorts of problems, one of which included the issue of food waste. After graduating, he moved to Seattle to work at Amazon for a short time, but eventually left to pursue his own projects. After an exciting year of solo development, he decided to get back into the software industry and now works as an Android Developer at Cyanogen, but not before Chelsea tapped him to join her in working on Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.

CLAYTON ALBACHTEN
Volunteer Developer

Clayton Albachten is at Macy's, creating magical experiences with HTML, CSS and the JavaScript du jour. He loves yoga, his girlfriend Cat and eating nice things.

RUNBAI MA
Volunteer Developer

Runbai Ma is a software enginner who is currenlty working at Greenhouse.io. Since his graduation in 2013 from The University of Chicago, he has been a rails developer for 3 years. He built the first draft of the resucingleftovoer website in summer, 2014.

MING ZHANG
Volunteer Developer

Ming will be sharing more about his mysterious past shortly!

EVAN HAWK
Development Manager

Evan Hawk graduated from Duke University in 2012 and the Flatiron School's 'Web Development Immersive' in 2015. Evan began working with the RLC team shortly afterwards as a volunteer developer, building and testing new features for the RLC site. Currently Evan helps the RLC team coordinate and manage development projects carried out by RLC volunteers.

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