Will Hauser and Lauren Walters – old friends – decided to start a new kind of food company: one that would make healthy, delicious products and help feed hungry children around the world.
They had similar backgrounds – both were the sons of 2 doctors and both decided on business careers instead of medicine. Both always believed that business and helping others were completely compatible.
Will, while an undergraduate at Harvard, led Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run business in the world, before going to Goldman Sachs. Lauren is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, lawyer and advisor to companies and nonprofits. Lauren has appeared on NPR Marketplace, and lectured at Harvard, Babson, Sloan, Stern and Berkeley Business Schools. He has been a speaker at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and PAIR at Harvard most recently. Be sure to checkout his segment on the NBC Today Show with Jane Pauley to learn more about how 2 Degrees began.
Both knew that working to reduce hunger and malnutrition would have a lasting impact on the lives of children around the world. While nonprofits, generous donors and governments were making a difference, Will and Lauren believed that translating ordinary purchases into donations of meals could have an even greater impact on the lives of children everywhere.
Our team embodies the same qualities of excellence and compassion inherent in our business model.
Barr Hogen, our bar guru and product developer, is the former Odwalla Creative Chef and Director of Product Development. She lives with her husband and three kids in Boulder, Colorado, a national hotspot for all-natural food production. You can thank her for the bar you just enjoyed.
John Harrington is our Vice President. He guides our Marketing, Product Innovation, Operations and Supply Chain. John has more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods marketing, innovation and general management. Prior to his current position, he held a number of Vice President/Director roles in both large and small entrepreneurial food companies. He also served as Director of Innovation and Director of Shopper Marketing for Safeway, where he held leadership roles in creating and deploying five major innovation brand platforms, including the development and launch of the O Organics brand. Earlier in his career, John held several management positions at Stouffer Foods and Jelly Belly Candy Company. He holds a B.S. degree in both Economics and Business Administration from Iowa State University and an MBA from Xavier University.
Erika is our Account Manager and resident “California Girl”. She has a huge heart and loves that she can make the world a better place by just doing her job. Erika’s passion for helping others came at a young age. One of her first memories was sharing her box of Crayons with less fortunate kids in a Sahara village. Since then, she has been passionate about seeing the world, experiencing other cultures, and giving back in any way she can while she’s at it.
Anita Xiong, our Finance & Operations Manager, is passionate about translating numbers into business opportunities. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she’s been involved in the startup world for much of her professional career. As a result, she’s good at wearing many hats, and always finds a way to get things done.
Joe Cavanaugh, our Vice President of Sales, has over 20 years experience in the food industry with the last 13 yeas in the bar category with Clif Bar and Think Thin. Joe is based in Chicago where he lives with his wife and three boys.
Annie Bernstein has a background in documentary filmmaking but considers food to be her first love. Now that she’s at 2 Degrees, she’s able to use her passion for storytelling with the 2 Degrees mission as her inspiration. She’s planning on raising the bar so high that 1 million meals are donated every day!
Board of Directors
Keith Monda served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Coach Inc. from June 1998 to June 28, 2008 & from May 2002 to June 28, 2008 respectively. He also served as Executive Vice President of Coach Inc. since June 1998. He served as the Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration and the Chief Financial Officer of Timberland Company from December 1993 to May 1996, and Senior Vice President, Operations from May 1996 to January 1998. Mr. Monda served as an Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration of J. Crew, Inc. from May 1990 to December 1993. He has been a Trustee of New College Of Florida since March 2010. He served as a Director of Coach Inc. from June 1, 2000 to November 5, 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of Feeding America, the 4th largest charity in the United States, and one of 2 Degrees’ giving partners. Mr. Monda holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Ohio State University.
Lauren Walters, *See above.
Board of Advisors
Steve Collins, a physician with a doctorate in nutrition, is the founder of Valid Nutrition and Valid International. He has worked with malnourished children in Africa, Asia and Latin America for more than 20 years. Steve is responsible for revolutionizing the treatment of childhood malnutrition with a model of Community-Based Therapeutic Care.
Cris Genovese, our marketing consultant, is a former marketing manager at PowerBar and the CMO at an eco-friendly packaging company.
Brock Leach is vice president of mission, strategy and innovation at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to seminary, Brock spent 24 years with PepsiCo, having served as President and CEO of its Frito-Lay North America and Tropicana divisions and as Chief Innovation Officer where he was responsible for the company’s overall health and wellness initiative.
Dan Lewandowski is a former Technology Director at General Mills and Program Manager at Pillsbury. He has deep experience in product development, food technology, and ingredient sourcing that spans almost all product types and formats.
Joia Mukherjee is the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health. Joia has been involved in health care access and human rights issues since 1989 in the United States, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the countries of the former Soviet Union. She is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Jim Klein brings over 25 years of extensive industry experience working in various assignments for key Fortune 500 CPG companies. In his most recent assignments with Mars and Wrigley, Jim served as Vice President of Sales and Customer Marketing, Vice President of Global Walmart and Sam’s Club, as well as Vice President of Food, Drug, Mass, Club and Convenience Channels. In addition to his extensive resume in the U.S. market, Jim spent two years managing sales and marketing in the Canadian market. In Jim’s most recent role he will be the Senior Vice President of sales for ASM responsible for overseeing operations for the U.S business.
Judith Palfrey is the co-Chair of Global Health Programs at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” Initiative.
Gus Schumacher is the former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the USDA. In his role, Gus oversaw the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. He was also President of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Will Hauser *See above.