Foodicons Accelerator


Karen Leibowitz

Executive Director

Zero Foodprint

Foodicons Accelerator

Karen Leibowitz is an advocate, writer, and restaurateur seeking improvements to our food system. She is Executive Director of Zero Foodprint, a nonprofit which was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for its work on food-related climate solutions. She has also co-written two cookbooks: Mission Street Food (with Anthony Myint) and Atelier Crenn (with Dominique Crenn) and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and other publications. As co-founder of several award-winning and pioneering restaurants  (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth), Karen was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2019. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and InStyle included Karen in their inaugural list of “50 Badass Women.”