President & CEO, Forgotten Harvest
Susan Goodell is President
and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. She has
led the organization since January, 2001 and has more than twenty years’
experience in nonprofit management. Today,
Forgotten Harvest is the second largest independent food rescue organization in
the United States. Under her leadership,
Forgotten Harvest has increased the volume of “rescued” food from less than one
million pounds annually to over 23 million pounds during the past fiscal year.
Forgotten Harvest was founded
in 1990 with a simple mission – Fight Hunger & Fight Waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescues” surplus, prepared
and perishable food from over 450 food donors including grocery stores,
caterers, dairies, farmers, manufacturers, wholesale food distributors and
other Health Department-approved sources. This donated product, food that otherwise would
go to waste, is delivered free of charge to over 230 emergency food providers throughout
the Metro Detroit area. The individuals
and families served represent a diverse cross section of the community – young
and old, from all races and faiths.
Forgotten Harvest was honored
to be named Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2007 Best Managed Nonprofit. Among the many honors awarded the organization,
Forgotten Harvest was recognized nationally by Bank of America in its
Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, awarded a 4-star rating by Charity
Navigator for the fifth consecutive year and recognized by Charity Navigator as
one of the “Ten Top Notch Charities” in the country in 2011 for its superb
financial and operations management. Forgotten
Harvest has also received Honorable Mention by the Detroit Free Press as a Michigan
Green Leader and received the Corp! Magazine “Michigan’s Going Green Award” for
significant achievements in green environmentally friendly practices.
Ms. Goodell is a recent
recipient of the prestigious McGregor Fund Fellowship which recognizes and
encourages excellence in nonprofit leadership.
As part of her fellowship plan, she is studying food rescue best
practice sites in Israel, Germany and Australia as well as social change
movements across the United States in an on-going effort to advance the cause
of food rescue by identifying best practices in reducing food waste and significantly
increasing food resources for our nation’s poor.
In October 2011, Ms. Goodell
received the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award. The award “recognizes an
individual who may not have yet received the widespread recognition he or she
deserves for long-standing efforts to further regional cooperation and
understanding.” The award is presented
as part of the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards presented by the
Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Committee.
recently, Ms. Goodell was appointed to the Michigan Food Policy Council.
Governor Rick Snyder. The 25-member council is funded in partnership with the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation and works to recommend programs and policies to the
governor that ensure Michigan residents have access to a safe and healthy food
supply. Her appointment was announced in February 2012.
She is a native of Maine and
a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In her spare time, she is an accomplished
weaver and fiber artist. She resides in Birmingham,
Michigan with her husband and son.