Founder & Executive Director, Change Food
Organizer/Host TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”
Social Entrepreneur and Sustainability Advocate
As a social entrepreneur and sustainability advocate, Diane Hatz raises awareness and formulates, develops and implements innovative solutions to problems related to food and farming. Diane is the host and licensee for TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” – an annual independently-organized TED event around sustainable food and farming.
She is also the founder and executive director of the Change Food nonprofit program. (Change Food is fiscally sponsored by The Trust for Conservation Innovation.) Change Food helps individuals change the way they eat by raising public awareness and educating consumers about problems with the U.S. food system, and, increasingly, about problems that affect us globally. Change Food highlights what can and is being done to dismantle the ill effects of industrial agriculture as well as promoting sustainable solutions so that all people have access to healthy, nutritious food.
From 2010 – 2013, Diane was the co-founder and director of The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming. The Institute raised public awareness about sustainable food and farming and worked to bring the food movement closer together.
From 1998 – 2010 Diane worked at GRACE (now known as the GRACE Communications Foundation). As Founder and Director of GRACE’s nonprofit program Sustainable Table, Diane developed and managed creative projects to raise awareness and educate consumers about issues surrounding the sustainable food and agriculture movement, while promoting solutions to the problems caused by factory farms.
Diane was Executive Producer of the award-winning, critically acclaimed, animated films The Meatrix, The Meatrix II: Revolting, and The Meatrix II ½ as well as Project and Marketing Director for the Meatrix campaign, both online and off. She was also a founder and director of the Eat Well Guide, an online consumer directory of sustainably-raised meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.
Sustainable Table, The Meatrix and the Eat Well Guide are programs of the GRACE Communications Foundation.
Prior to joining GRACE, Diane worked in the music industry in various roles, including marketing, publicity, business affairs and management. She also co-founded, wrote and published The Relay, an independent music magazine on The Who, which is archived in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Diane has an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Delaware, and a Minor in Philosophy.
In 2009, Diane published her first fictional novel Rock Gods of Acht: a music meltdown, available on Amazon and other fine online retailers.