Susan Ungaro Stepping Down as James Beard Foundation President

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NEW YORK — The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has announced that Susan Ungaro will step down as the foundation’s president. Ungaro will continue to serve in her role as president of the JBF until December 31, 2017, while the board conducts a search for a new leader.

Under Ungaro’s leadership, the JBF enjoyed national and global recognition, initiated thought leadership initiatives and grew substantially to educate and inspire members of the culinary community. She also spearheaded the launch of an annual JBF Food Conference and created the JBF Leadership Awards, which recognize visionaries in business, government and education responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food system.

“It has been a special privilege to serve as president of the James Beard Foundation for over a decade,” says Ungaro. “I believe the time is right for me to start my next adventure helping other non-profits making a difference in people’s lives…I remain passionately committed to supporting the James Beard Foundation in the years to come and staying connected to the extraordinary culinary community of chefs, restaurateurs, food media and thought leaders, who welcomed me into their world 11 years ago.”