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 president/CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that pioneers win/win/win solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food—especially in our most underserved communities. In just five years, Fair Food Network’s signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, has become a national model for healthy food incentives.
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.