Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for food justice and sustainability, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. A frequent public speaker, her popular TEDx talks have been watched nearly one million times. 

Anna’s most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury), was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year and has been optioned for a television series. Anna is also the co-author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Penguin) and Hope’s Edge (Penguin), which chronicles grassroots solutions to hunger around the world. In addition to her books, Anna’s opinion writing has appeared in publications around the world, including The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and more. She has written a regular column for Al Jazeera America and Earth Island Journal and has been a guest editor for special editions on food for The Nation magazine.

Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which she launched with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé. She currently co-directs Real Food Media, based at Corporate Accountability, which uses storytelling, media strategy and communications collaborations to reveal the true cost of industrial agriculture and the power of just and sustainable food systems to create healthy, thriving communities. Since its founding in 2012, Real Food Media has created the world’s largest short films competition on food, collaborated with the award-winning StoryCorps to elevate voices of food workers, produced powerful mythbusting videos, launched a national online book club, and helped support passage of good food purchasing policies nationwide.

Anna is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has appeared on dozens of radio programs and podcasts, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show. Anna was the co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast, and has been a featured expert on PBS’s Need to Know and Nourish and the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet.

A public speaker and event emcee, in the past fifteen years Anna has participated in more than 600 events, from keynoting community food festivals to hosting a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s. She has been a guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, New York University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, Vassar, the University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University.

In 2001, with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which supports democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002. In addition to her philanthropy through the Small Planet Fund, Anna is the director of the Food & Democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation and is an active participant in several funder collaboratives building more just and sustainable food systems worldwide.

Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is an active board member of Rainforest Action Network and the Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in Point Reyes, California.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters, Anna has conducted research on food and sustainability across the United States and in dozens of countries worldwide, including South Korea, China, Bangladesh, India, France, Poland, Italy, Mali, Kenya, Brazil, and Turkey. You can see Anna talk about food and empathy in her TEDxBerkeley presentation and about the dangers of marketing junk food to children in her TEDxManhattan speech.