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“Just Eat It” Film Event: Panelist Bios

Congressman Jared Huffman

testRepresentative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) was sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013 to represent California’s second district. The district spans from the Golden Gate Bridge north to the Oregon border, covering six counties including all of Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte, and much of Sonoma Counties.

Huffman is a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Prior to his election to Congress in November of 2012, Huffman served six years in the California State Assembly where he authored more than 60 pieces of successful legislation and received numerous awards for his legislative leadership. Huffman chaired the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, served on the Budget Committee and was co-chair of the Legislative Environmental Caucus. 

In the Assembly, Huffman distinguished himself as a legislator who tackles complex public policy challenges, works tirelessly, and gets results – often by forging bipartisan consensus on difficult issues.  He played a leading role in crafting and passing the historic package of water reforms in 2009.  Other notable laws authored by Huffman include California’s pioneering lighting efficiency standards (AB 1109) which were subsequently adopted into federal law; the nation’s largest programs for solar hot water heating (AB 1470) and paint recycling (AB 1343); reforms that improve California’s State Parks system (AB 1589) and Department of Fish and Wildlife (AB 2402); and creation of a new voluntary type of corporation, California Benefit Corporations, to promote corporate social responsibility (AB 361).  

Prior to his election to public office, Huffman was a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  One of his proudest accomplishments at NRDC was helping forge an agreement to restore a 153-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley. 

Before he joined NRDC, Huffman was a successful public interest attorney whose victories included several major jury verdicts in gender discrimination and race discrimination trials.  He also served 12 years in local government as a Director of Marin County’s largest special district, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), from 1994 to 2006.

Huffman graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was also a three-time NCAA All-American volleyball player.  He went on to play for the USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world, before attending and graduating cum laude from Boston College Law School.

Huffman lives in Marin with his wife Susan and their two children, Abby and Nathan. In his free time, Huffman enjoys all types of fishing, as well as tennis and home winemaking.

Dana Gunders
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

testDana Gunders leads the NRDC's work on reducing food waste. She recently published her first book, the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook (September 2015; Chronicle Books). She is also behind the recently launched Save the Food national Ad Council media campaign, and two widely cited NRDC reports, as the author of “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” (August 2012) and co-author of “The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America” (September 2013). Dana has been featured by countless media outlets, including The Dr. Oz Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, CNN, NPR, New York Times. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and spends far too much of her free time pondering how to get her one-year-old daughter to throw less food on the floor.

Marv Zauderer
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ExtraFood.org

Marv ZaudererDoug McConnell has hosted and produced many series, specials and news reports on commercial and public television since moving back to the Bay Area in 1983. Among his series was the legendary, "Bay Area Backroads," the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history. Doug and his teams have won numerous Emmys and other national and regional broadcast awards, including the prestigious Harold Gilliam award for environmental reporting in Northern California. Doug has been honored many times for his commitments to the community. He has the rare distinction of being an honorary ranger for both our National Park and State Park systems. He’s been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project and Humanitarian of the Year by the Marin Humane Society. Doug has a passion for nature, history and adventure. As a fourth-generation Californian, Doug has explored his home state extensively both personally and professionally all his life and is thrilled to be returning to television to share his interests, knowledge and discoveries and invite viewers to join him for extraordinary adventures along the open road. Source: Bio: Doug McConnell | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Bio-Doug-McConnell-300868541.html#ixzz4LNOa2UEc Follow us: @NBCBayArea on Twitter | NBCBayArea on Facebook 

Moderator: Doug McConnell
Bay Area Backroads and OpenRoad With Doug McConnell

Doug McConnellDoug McConnell has hosted and produced many series, specials and news reports on commercial and public television since moving back to the Bay Area in 1983. Among his series was the legendary, "Bay Area Backroads," the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history. His series OpenRoad with Doug McConnell takes viewers on journeys to explore the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California focusing principally in parks and open spaces protected by the public and made accessible to all people for all time. The show airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area.

Doug and his teams have won numerous Emmys and other national and regional broadcast awards, including the prestigious Harold Gilliam award for environmental reporting in Northern California. Doug has been honored many times for his commitments to the community. He has the rare distinction of being an honorary ranger for both our National Park and State Park systems. He’s been selected as Volunteer of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project and Humanitarian of the Year by the Marin Humane Society. Doug has a passion for nature, history and adventure. As a fourth-generation Californian, Doug has explored his home state extensively both personally and professionally all his life and is thrilled to be returning to television to share his interests, knowledge and discoveries and invite viewers to join him for extraordinary adventures along the open road. 

 

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