BROOKLYN, NY (May 31, 2012) – The Board of Directors for Slow Food USA, a national non-profit dedicated to creating a world where the food we eat is good for us, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet, today announced the departure of Josh Viertel as President. The organization’s transition in leadership is accompanied by the welcoming of three new Board members, including Matt Jones, John Stewart III and Bob Shaver.
In 2008, Viertel was hired to help Slow Food USA become a serious force for social change. In that time, he furthered Slow Food USA’s effort to become an organization committed, not only to the pleasure of a simple shared meal and to food traditions, but to changing the world for the better, for everyone. The Board of Directors and Viertel have agreed that now is a good time to bring in a new President, with a focus on implementing and scaling programs to improve food and farming in the U.S. The Board has begun an executive search process.
“Josh has played a vital role these last few years in building a talented team and in raising awareness of critical issues surrounding food and farming,” said newly elected Board Chair Katherine Deumling. “We’re excited to welcome Matt, John and Bob to the Board, and to chart the path ahead for the next phase in our fight for good, clean and fair food.”
“It’s been an honor to serve the Slow Food USA community over these past three years, and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together. It’s a perfect time for new leadership,” said Josh Viertel. “I’ll always be grateful to the colleagues, friends and allies whom I’ve worked with and I’m particularly grateful to the Slow Food members and volunteer leaders who are working everyday to make Slow Food’s vision a reality. I’ll keep on working with them towards that same vision, just now in a new role: as a member of an organization I love.”
Slow Food USA’s three new Board members were strategically recruited for their expertise in the areas of management and development. Matt Jones, a long-time Slow Food regional governor, chapter leader and co-founder of Slow Food Denver, has joined the Board’s finance committee; he will also be a key liaison to the volunteer leadership network. John Stewart III, who recently retired from Juniper Networks as CEO of a joint venture with Nokia Siemens Networks, has joined the Board’s executive review and development committees. Bob Shaver, who just moved from New York City to Indianapolis, has joined the Board’s finance committee; he previously served as director of strategic planning and Board liaison for City Harvest, following several years with Wellspring Consulting as a management consultant to non-profit organizations.