Dr. Oran B. Hesterman, PhD
Fair Food Network
Founder & CEO
With more than 35 years in the field, Oran B. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
He currently serves as Founder and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit on a mission to grow community health and wealth through food. The decade plus it has spent testing and growing scalable solutions has led to big changes in communities. First through Double Up Food Bucks, which today is a national model for healthy food incentives in 28+ states, and Fair Food Fund, which is investing in good food entrepreneurs so they can be engines of a more equitable tomorrow.
Hesterman’s 2011 book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, was heralded by The New York Times as “an important, accessible book on a crucial subject” and is required reading at 25 colleges and universities.
Before launching Fair Food Network, Hesterman served as a program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he helped seed the local food systems movement with more than $200 million in investments. Prior to his work in philanthropy and nonprofits, Hesterman taught at Michigan State University. Hesterman currently serves on the board or in an advisory role for a number of national and Michigan-based organizations including Fair Food Fund portfolio company Five Acre Farms, Groundworks Center, NextCycle Michigan, and Pardes Hannah Jewish Renewal Community.