Will Hauser and Lauren Walters – old friends – decided to start a new kind of food company: one that would make great products and help feed hungry children around the world.
They had similar backgrounds – both were the sons of two 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 and advisor to companies and non-profits.
Both knew that working to reduce malnutrition would have a lasting impact on the lives of children. While NGOs and generous donors were making a difference, Will and Lauren believed that translating ordinary purchases into specific donations of meals could make an even greater impact on the lives of children.
Our team embodies the same qualities of excellence and compassion inherent in our business model.
Cara Aley, our VP of Operations, is incredibly inspired by the notion of delivering global impact in a for-profit vehicle, and spent the two years prior to joining Two Degrees running a for-profit social enterprise with her brothers. She is an avid runner and musician in her spare time.
Ben Calkins, our Regional Sales & Account Manager, currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Having spent many years in the hospitality and service industry, he understands the value of great service and customer loyalty. Growing up in the SF Bay Area and living all over the West Coast has developed his great passion for the outdoors.
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.
Maiya Holliday, our website manager, studied International Development at UCLA and developed a passion for coding websites soon after — she is always happiest combing the two and coding for social impact. An avid traveler, she has the most weathered laptop of the team.
Mariel de Leon is our Account Manager primarily dealing with our Whole Foods accounts. She recently graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She loves playing and watching sports and enjoys spending time with family and friends– especially her dog Charmander.
Emily Olson, our operations manager, won a Kraft Cheese recipe contest at the age of 11 and hasn’t stopped cooking since. She earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University and has worked in all parts of the food industry. Originally from Memphis, TN, Emily likes exploring the farmers markets and restaurants of San Francisco.
Peter Walters, currently our Director of Marketing & Partnerships, wears many hats at Two Degrees. Peter is an avid social entrepreneur and passionate about helping people and working to alleviate poverty around the world. Peter created our Campus Director Program while still in college, and started two social enterprises while in high school.
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 Two Degrees’ giving partners. Mr. Monda holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Ohio State University.
Lauren Walters, *See above.
Will Hauser, *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.
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.