Anna Lappé

Director, Real Food Media
Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute & Fund


Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on food systems. She is the director of Real Food Media and the author or co-author of three books, including Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury USA, 2010) and a contributing author to eleven more. She also serves as a consultant to foundations and philanthropists funding food system change and is the advisor to The Panta Rhea Foundation Food Program. With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, she also founded the Small Planet Institute and Fund, which has raised and given away more than $1 million to grassroots organizations worldwide since its founding in 2002, two of which have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She regularly speaks to audiences around the country, from university lectures to community-based events.

Anna founded Real Food Media in 2012, a collaborative initiative working with partners around the country to spark conversation about our food system, catalyze creative storytelling and connect communities for action. The Project produces the Food MythBusters video series, runs an international films competition and leads special partnerships such as the “Voices of the Food Chain” with Food Chain Workers Alliance and StoryCorps. Anna is an active board member of the Rainforest Action Network and Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anna received a master’s in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Brown University. Her research on food and farming systems has taken her to more than 20 countries and 100 U.S. cities. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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