WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2019) — Feed the Truth, a new nonprofit organization seeking to advance truth, trust and transparency in the food system, announced today that its Board of Directors has named Lucy Martinez Sullivan to serve as its first Executive Director, effective October 1, 2019.
“After conducting an extensive search and a rigorous selection process, the Board is delighted to appoint Lucy to lead Feed the Truth and launch its work. Lucy has an impressive track record of success, establishing a globally recognized organization from the ground up and building the political will needed to combat the problems of malnutrition and diet-related disease. Her work on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people, commitment to health equity and social justice, and her fearless advocacy to counteract unethical industry practices make Lucy the ideal person to lead Feed the Truth,” said Jim Krieger, MD, MPH, Feed the Truth board chair and Executive Director of Healthy Food America.
Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience as a leader and innovator in both the social impact space and the private sector. She joins Feed the Truth from 1,000 Days, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to improve maternal and young child nutrition in the U.S. and around the world, where she serves as its founding Executive Director. She also currently serves as the co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report, the world’s foremost publication on the state of nutrition.
“Food is at the center of some of the world’s biggest challenges, and I believe we can no longer afford business-as-usual approaches to a food system that is fueling a health epidemic and a climate crisis. To me, Feed the Truth presents an extraordinary opportunity to drive a bold agenda for a healthier, fairer food system—one that works for people and not just profits,” said Lucy Sullivan, incoming Executive Director of Feed the Truth.
Prior to starting 1,000 Days, Ms. Sullivan worked in philanthropic consulting for CCS, where she led strategy engagements for clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the UN Foundation. She previously served as a volunteer consultant for Technoserve as part of the organization’s efforts to help entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia and Central America build sustainable businesses.
As an advocacy leader, Ms. Sullivan draws on the skills she honed while working for Fortune 500 companies. Lucy began her career in finance working for Merrill Lynch. She later joined L’Oréal as marketing director for some of the company’s best-known global brands, and then worked for fashion retailer L Brands in its direct sales business.
Ms. Sullivan holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. with distinction from the University of Florida.
“At a time when diet is the leading cause of death and disease in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, we have to challenge the food industry’s outsized influence over public health and champion greater integrity in science, policy and practices,” added Ms. Sullivan. “Feed the Truth can be a catalyst for change in the way we do business in nutrition, and I look forward to working closely with the Board over the next few months to map out the organization’s strategy. Stay tuned.”
Feed the Truth partnered with Koya Leadership Partners, a leading executive search and strategic advising firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients, to conduct a national search for the organization's Founding Executive Director.