Carnegie Mellon University

Leah LizarondoLeah Lizarondo


Leah’s career spans over 20 years of entrepreneurship, innovation and global product/brand leadership in social enterprise, technology and consumer products. Expertise in taking complex ideas to effectively message, mobilize mass movement, shift culture, and drive change. Focused on climate action.

Leah is the Founder of Food Rescue Hero, a food recovery technology platform used in over 25 cities. The platform has redirected over 175 million pounds of perfectly good food from going to waste - mitigating its carbon impact and directing it toward feeding people experiencing food insecurity. Prior to founding Food Rescue Hero, Leah has worked in technology, focused on investment, market and brand strategy for early stage companies. Leah began her career in global brand management at Colgate Palmolive.

Leah has won numerous awards for her work including Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Award in 2020 and the Grist 50 list of emerging leaders creating impactful solutions to climate change.

Her work has been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, CNN, NPR, The Today Show and The Washington Post, among others.

Leah is currently a member of the Global Leadership team at Ashoka, working with Bill Drayton who has inspired her work in social entrepreneurship. Leah is a Rockefeller Foundation/Acumen Fellow and received her graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.