matt-rothe-portraitMatt is a co-founder of the FEED Collaborative, where he is an educator-practitioner in design thinking and food system innovation.  Spun out of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the and now integrated with Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, the FEED Collaborative creates opportunities for external partners and thought-leaders, students, and faculty to collaborate in designing sustainable local food systems.

Prior to launching the FEED Collaborative, Matt was a fellow in residence at the, director of Stanford’s Sustainable Food Program, and an operations executive at both Attune Foods and Niman Ranch. An ironic launching pad for his career in sustainable food, Matt was raised on a 10,000 acre conventional corn farm on the plains of Colorado.  Matt earned a BA in Environmental Earth Science from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.  When not dusting his diplomas, he can be found with a full belly at the Stanford Community Farm or in his garage making functional art from found objects.