Arlin Wasserman is the founder and principal of Changing Tastes. Since 2003, Changing Tastes has worked with food and agriculture companies, venture and philanthropic investors to realize new opportunities at the intersection of sustainability, public health, culinary and demographic trends. Arlin also chairs the Sustainable Business Leadership Council at The Culinary Institute of America, and has served on the board of the Sustainable Food Lab and as a fellow at the Aspen Institute. Nearly two decades ago, Arlin led some of the nation’s first work on the economic, environmental and culinary benefits of local food systems and how terroir fits into the U.S. consumer mindset, before being awarded a national Food and Society Policy Fellowship, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Arlin also has served as an advisor on food and agriculture, innovation and development issues to the United States Department of Agriculture and several of the nation’s largest private foundations. He has spoken before the European Union Parliament on geographically identified foods and global trade policy. From 2007 to early 2012 Arlin served as Vice President of Sustainability at Sodexo, the world’s leading institutional food service provider, developing and implementing the company’s first sustainability strategy. Arlin holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources and a Master of Public Health, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics, all from the University of Michigan.