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Erin Fitzgerald (@fitzisit) is senior vice president, global sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, a forum for the dairy community to work together pre-competitively to foster research, measurement and innovation for sustainability from farm to table. Under Erin’s leadership, the Innovation Center conducted an environmental impact assessment that led to an industry-wide voluntary carbon reduction goal of 25% by 2020. She established strategic partnerships with World Wildlife Fund and USDA. She leads efforts to enhance dairy’s contributions to a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, hunger, food waste and environmental impact.
Fitzgerald is recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, and a Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 recipient. She serves on the boards of Sustainable America, the Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship Program, a board advisor to United States Foundation For Food And Agriculture Research, Food Waste Reduction Alliance, and an expert in residence at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.