Josh Viertel is the former President of Slow Food USA, the US branch of the global Slow Food movement. In that position, Viertel was vocal in arguing that the local and sustainable food movement in the US and globally must do more to address questions of social justice, race and class. Prior to Slow Food, Viertel was a Founding Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which broke new ground bringing local sustainable food to Yale's dining services, built an organic farm on campus, and developed curricula for undergraduates related to food and farming. Before his work at Yale, he was a farmer. Viertel was listed as one of the seven most powerful voices in the food movement by Forbes and Michael Pollan. He earned a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Harvard University.