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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.

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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

Catherine Smiley
Program Director
Robert Lee
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Aditi Davray
Naav Advisors
Ashish Contractor
Moelis & Company
Managing Director
Carrie Goldin
RB4 Consulting, LLC
President and Founder
Colin Kim
JP Morgan Chase, Executive Director
Ed Casabian
Senior Marketing Manager
Hoi-Ling Wong
Senior Employment Counsel,
Macquarie Group
Jehangir Mehta
Restauranter and Chef
Jill Greenwald
Astia Angel
Jon Spiegel, CFA
Lia Simeone
Capital One
Senior Manager of Data Science
Louisa Chen
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Palak Patel
Paul Sun
Co-Founder & Board Emeritus
Robert S. Frenchman
Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP
Skye d'Almeida
Vice President, Macquarie Capital
Soraya Depowski
Goldman Sachs
Vice President
Sunit Shah
Pine River Capital Management
Ying Laohachewin
Business Development
Andy Kaplan
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Assistant Manager
Advisory Council Chair
Bill Drewes
Attorney, Diversity Counsel
Advisory Council Co-Chair
Fund Raising and Development Advisor
Chris LaPilusa
Calliope Consulting
Adam Schaffer
Human Resources and Marketing Operations Professional
Adele McCarthy-Beauvais
Regional Director of General Assembly
Akshat Shekhar
Private Equity Associate
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Alan Rude
President of R. W. Wentworth
Alex Barnett
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
Allen A. Geller
Head of Raines International's Financial Officers Practice
Amy Winfield
President and Owner
Suburban Auto Seat, Co.
Anibal Arocho
Library Manager
Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter College
Anita Durst
Founder of Chashama
Anselma Rodriguez
Associate Director and Community Liaison
Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education
Ariel Hyatt
Cyber PR
Atiba Edwards
Director of Operations, Brooklyn East Collegiate
Barbara Rubin
Professor Emeritus of Women's and Gender Studies
New Jersey City University
Beatriz Loizillon
Panasonic Corporation
Celeste Morris
MorrisAllsop Public Affairs
Chris Hanway
Executive Director
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Clem Turner
New York Office of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP
Dan Butler
Daniel P. Butler Company
David Francis
NYC Civil Servant and Photographer
David Quiles
Administrator at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at the New York University School of Professional Studies
Dawn Mastoridis
National Marketing Director for ReServe
Eliseo T Rojas
Chief Executive Officer
ETR Business Solutions, Inc.
Elonia McHenry
Bain & Company
Senior Associate Consultant
Emily Keller
Customer Engineer
Google Maps Platform
Erica Frenkel
Founder & Principal
E/F Labs
Erica Shaw
IT Program Management
Erica Toth
Managing Director
Eugenia Shneider
Human Resources Director
Evan Katz
Crawford Ventures, Inc.
Managing Director
Farley F. Look-Kin
Managing Partner
Farukh Ijaz
Professional Engineer
Franklin Madison
Founder and Managing Director
Eminova Capital and Investments, LLC
Gary Scharfman
Director of Corporate and Foundation Grants
Greg Deligdisch
Founder & Principal
Marketing/Branding Consultancy
Greg Goldstein
Attorney, Consultant, and Broker
Guirlaine Duvert
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Henry Putnam Briffel
Neural Labs
Jackelyn Martinez
Jackelyn Martinez, MSCJ, CLA
Jason Ulyatta Martin
Managing Director
Jeff Goldberg
President and Lead Sales Trainer/Coach at Jeff Goldberg & Associates
Jen White
Organizational Psychologist
Jim Mendelson
JSM Finan-Sure
Jim Wolin
Director of Health Care
John McCaffrey
Human Resources Director
Katherine Kortum
Senior Program Officer
Transportation Research Board
Katherine Wang
Bain & Company
Associate Consultant
K. Michael Slater
Management Consultant
Kim Patel
Director of Strategy
VICE Media
Kirsten Wynn
Director of Marketing
Women Presidents’ Organization
Lev Sviridov
Director, Macaulay Honors College
Hunter College
Lindsay Siegel
Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center at The City College of New York
Mackensie Uhlan
Consulting and Philanthropy
Marion Hindenburg
Founder and President of Mrs. Paper
Mary F. Pisarkiewicz
CEO of MSI Media Group
Maryann Piazza
Co-Founder and President of Majestic Vending and Services, Inc
Matt Kang
Commercial loan officer/VP
New Bank USA
Migna Taveras
SOMOS Market for Evolent Health
Senior Director of Clinical Operations
Miles Rose
Business Development
Paula Hancock
Bain & Company, Inc.
Associate Consultant
Peter Appel
Working Sag-Aftra, Equity Union Actor
Pinsi Lei
CEO of Pinsi Lei Creative
Raji Kalra
Ramon Gil
Design & Marketing Entrepreneur
Rizwan Baig
Chief Traffic Engineer and Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Rodrigo Bautista
Roy Kim
Chief Creative Officer for Douglas Elliman New Development
Shawn Walker
Founder + Creative Director of WalkTheShawn Productions
Shin Woon
Program manager
Stephanie Amann
Founder & Creative Director, Wyldaire
Steve Regen
Penultimate Hospitality Group
Suzette Benoit
Family Nurse Practitioner
Sylvia K. Alston
Vice President and Business Development Leader of Risk Strategies Company
Tatiana Voza
Associate Professor of Biology at the City University of New York
Theresa O'Neal
President and CEO of Global Spectrum Group
Tonia Mccaskill
Accounts Payable Officer
Wilson McDermut
Standup Comic
Chris Kuo
Associate Board Co-Chair
Jamie Foti
Associate Board Co-Chair
Amanda Chan
Associate Board Member
Chris Dale
Associate Board Member
Eddy Fong
Associate Board Member
Enrique Marquez
Associate Board Member
Eric Flaxman
Associate Board Member
Jonathan Ng
Associate Board Member
Kavita Kamdar
Associate Board Member
Kevin Flyangolts
Associate Board Member
Mary Yao
Associate Board Member
Michael Chung
Associate Board Member
Minji Cha
Associate Board Member
Ronald Tu
Associate Board Member
Stanzi Wicht
Associate Board Member
Steve Choi
Associate Board Member
Thomas Chung
Associate Board Member
Tina Cheng
Associate Board Member
Vikram Menon
Associate Board Member
Abhinav Shrestha
Volunteer Developer
Artem Shavadskiy
Volunteer Developer
Clayton Albachten
Volunteer Developer
Evan Hawk
Volunteer Developer
Ming Zhang
Volunteer Developer
Runbai Ma
Volunteer Developer

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