Cathryn Couch is the founder and Executive Director for Ceres Community Project, an innovative and award-winning non-profit organization working to foster health by connecting people to one another and to a healthier food system. Couch, who holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, has worked in the corporate and non-profit worlds, including four years as Director of Communications for The Hunger Project’s US operations from 1987 to 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and ran one of the first gourmet organic home delivered meal services in the San Francisco Bay Region.
She launched Ceres Community Project in 2007 as a one day a week volunteer project and has grown it to a $1.8 million budget with 3 program sites in the Bay Area and 12 affiliate programs in communities across the United States. Cathryn is a founding member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, a founding board member for Meals on Wheels California, and a member of the Food is Medicine Coalition, a national association of nutritional meal service providers. In 2012 she received a Silver Jefferson Award for Public Service, one of only 5 awarded in the San Francisco Bay region, was a national finalist for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders Award, and was named one of fourteen Innovative Nonprofit Leaders in Sonoma County. In 2013 she received the Leader in Sustainability Award from the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She was a finalist for the James Irvine Leadership Award in 2015 and was named the Red Cross Adult Humanitarian Hero for Northern California. She was named one of 25 CNN Heroes in 2016.