Karen Leibowitz is an advocate, writer, and restaurateur seeking improvements to our food system. She is Executive Director of Zero Foodprint and its parent nonprofit, The Perennial Farming Initiative. Karen has co-written two cookbooks: Mission Street Food (with Anthony Myint) and Atelier Crenn (with Dominique Crenn) and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and other publications. As co-founder of several award-winning and path-breaking restaurants (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth), Karen was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2019.
Karen lives in San Francisco, where she is working to build a more regenerative and equitable food world.