Cynthia Pansing is CEO and principal partner at Changing Tastes, a consulting firm based in the Washington DC area. The firm has worked for over a decade to provide strategy, research and investment advice to accelerate positive change in the food sector at the intersection of four key trends: public health and nutrition, environmental sustainability, the changing role of the foodservice industry, and demographics.
As an anthropologist, urban and environmental planner, consultant and mother, Cynthia has explored the connection between how we sustainably grow and consume our food and our livelihoods, communities and the natural landscape. Knitting together Cynthia’s work is her focus on forging strategies that both enable people to meet their basic needs and enhance the resilience of communities and natural systems. In doing so, she has partnered with farmers, students, business associations, community organizations, foundations, non-profits, government agencies and universities.
Cynthia’s work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Science, the New York Times and Raw Vision. She has received numerous awards, including two from the City of Los Angeles, for her innovative community development projects.
She is currently a Fellow with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech, a Fellow with the international Sustainability Leaders Network and was a Policy Fellow with the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute and a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow with the Sustainability Institute. She has received numerous awards, including two from the City of Los Angeles, for her innovative community development projects.
- Food & Agriculture