Lauren Bush Lauren: CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder
Lauren Bush is the CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, as well as the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of the FEED Foundation. Lauren started her work as an Honorary Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004, when she helped to launch their Universities Fighting Hunger initiative. Over the past four years Lauren has traveled to many countries with WFP and UNICEF including Guatemala, Cambodia, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Chad, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and Honduras to learn about the realities of poverty and hunger firsthand. Inspired by her travels, in 2005 she conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 bag, which feeds one child in school for one year through WFP, as a way for consumers to give back in a tangible and meaningful way.
In 2007, she started FEED Projects, LLC to sell FEED bags, and, in 2008, she co-founded the FEED Foundation to increase FEED’s impact in the fight against hunger. To date, FEED has partnered with companies like Whole Foods Market, Barnes & Noble, the Gap, HSN, Lord & Taylor, Pottery Barn, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, and many more. Through the sale of eco-friendly products, mainly bags, FEED Projects, in partnership with the FEED Foundation, has donated over $6 million dollars to the WFP’s school feeding program, which equates to over 60 million meals to school children.
In 2008, Lauren launched a new fashion brand, Lauren Pierce Atelier. By sourcing fabric that is handmade by women artisans around the world, as well as eco-friendly fabrics, this women’s wear line lives up to high environmental and humanitarian standards. Most of the fabric sourced to create the line has been hand-dyed by women in the Congo, thus making each piece beautiful and one-of-a-kind while also supporting women’s livelihoods. The line has been sold in stores around the world, such as Barneys New York. Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. As a model, Lauren has carved her own niche in the fashion world and was featured on the cover of various publications such as Vogue Australia, Glamour, Tatler, W, and Town and Country. Lauren graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED, Lauren Pierce, and other socially conscious and eco-friendly projects. In 2008, she was given the Marie Claire Prix De La Moda Humanitarian Award for her work with FEED. In 2009, she was honored as a Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur, and in 2010 she was included on Inc.’s “30 Under 30” List and given the Accessory Council’s Humanitarian Award.
Emily Corker: Project Manager and Assistant to Lauren Bush Lauren
Emily is a Project Manager and Assistant to Lauren for FEED Projects, LLC. She is the newest addition to the team coming all the way from Athens, Georgia where she earned her BA in International Affairs at the University of Georgia.
Emily grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is looking forward to her first year as a New York resident. Although she hopes to adapt quickly, if you see her wandering lost in the city please return her back to FEED.
Originally from Ho-Ho-Kus NJ, Melissa moved to NYC in 2005 to attend school and has never left. She is looking forward to adding more FEED bags to her wardrobe!
Kristina Fell: Director of Marketing & Operations
Kristina is the Director of Marketing & Operations for FEED Projects and is the Treasurer of the Board of the FEED Foundation. She joined FEED from Columbia University, where she worked for four years doing communications and marketing for the university. She received her BA in English from Columbia in 2005, along with a Master of Arts degree in Communication and Education in 2009.
Kristina grew up just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and came to New York in 2001 to go to school and play basketball for the Columbia Lions. Her favorite bag is the FEED 1 bag, and she knows the FEED motto that burlap goes with every outfit.
Jenny Johns: Managing Director of the FEED Foundation
Jenny brings her background in nonprofits and education to the FEED team. Before joining FEED in 2011, she was an English teacher and content team leader in the South Bronx as a Teach For America corps member, where she witnessed firsthand the effects of hunger on low-income communities. She holds a BA in history from Columbia University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Tascha Rudder: Director of Partnerships
Before joining FEED, Tascha was Senior Vice President at Designers Management Agency, which provides talent representation and business development services to luxury fashion designers and brands. She also formerly held positions at ink&co, a branding and advertising agency, Don Buchwald and Associates, a talent agency, NBC, and attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York.
Prior to her arrival at FEED, Tascha lived in Cambodia where she worked with aid to artisans groups, advising on marketing and product development. During that time she also traveled throughout Africa meeting with artisans and working with a clean water and sanitation NGO.
Tascha now lives in Soho with her husband and daughter (a FEED-er in training).
Katy Wanserski: Director of Sales & Global Logistics
Katy is the Director of Sales & Global Logistics for FEED Projects, LLC. She is a recent addition to the team, joining us after more than 4 years as a senior account manager for UPS. Katy has a BBA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from The University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Originally hailing from central Wisconsin, Katy is a recent transplant to New York after spending 4 years in Chicago. She enjoys exploring her new city with French bulldog Pork Chop in tow.