leah-lizarondo-shannon-brazen-kitchenI speak. I write. I do. 

Leah Lizarondo is an innovator and food advocate. She is the founder of The Brazen Kitchen, a food education practice and influential blog. She is co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an innovative technology-driven nonprofit that fights hunger and waste.

Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and sustainability. She has trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.

She served as one of the Trustees at the global Awesome Foundation: Food, serving with leaders and creative innovators in food and is an Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and as a consultant working with technology startups. She served in leadership positions at global nonprofits before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She is interested in the intersection of food, health and innovation.

Leah writes a weekly food column for Pittsburgh Magazine online and is Editor-at-Large for NEXTpittsburgh

Leah’s work has been featured in print and online publications including MSN’s Re:Discover SeriesNPR, Oprah.com, GOOD Magazine online, and local media including Table Magazine, Edible Allegheny, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PopCity, WTAE, Our Region’s Business, KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live and others. The Brazen Kitchen was named one of the Top 100 Foodie Blogs in 2013 by IPE and won the 2013 National City & Regional Magazine Awards for Best Blog.

In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” The video can be accessed on tedx.ted.com

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @brazenkitchen


More about Leah on LinkedIn 

– I love food, tech and policy and any permutations and combinations of the three. At Carnegie Mellon, my favorite subjects dealt with Urban Policy, Technology; Economic Development and Artificial Intelligence — I was the only non-computer scientist in the class peppering discussions on NLP and heuristics with behavioral economics. Herb Simon is my hero.

– I’m a feminista. I worked as a Director at Catalyst, a New York-based nonprofit and the premier resource for research and information on women and business. Most recently, I was the CEO of Dress for Success Pittsburgh, whose mission is to support low-income women returning to the workforce. 

– I’m passionate about doctors who believe in nutrition who tell you to try eating more plants first before you resort to popping pills.

– I’m passionate about creativity and catalyzing change through awesome ideas. I’m a trustee at The Awesome Foundation: Food and The Awesome Foundation: Pittsburgh.


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