Kris Moon is the Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, a national culinary non-profit with the mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.
During his tenure at the Foundation Moon has been instrumental in launching the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, which was piloted in summer 2012. Under Moon’s leadership, the program teaches established chefs necessary policy and advocacy skills for creating food system change and has educated over 145 chefs to date on effective advocacy. Most recently, Moon is responsible for spearheading the strategic planning which led to the launch of the Foundation’s JBF Impact Programs in April 2016. These new programs engage the culinary community in the ongoing process of creating a sustainable food system that provides nutritious and delicious food for all.
Moon has also helped the Foundation to grow its major gifts and foundation funding. Working closely with President Susan Ungaro and Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis, he transformed JBF’s annual dinner and auction into a full-scale fundraising gala in 2012, making it the Foundation’s most successful event to date which has continued to grow year over year.
Before moving up the ranks to Vice President, Moon has held several positions at the James Beard Foundation. He first joined the Foundation in 2007 as the Director of House Operations and House Events a position in which he oversaw the daily operations of the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village and the execution of the Foundation’s house events with featured chefs. After a year working with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research as Manager of Special Events, Moon returned to the Foundation in 2011 to assume the position of Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships overseeing the Foundation’s various fundraising initiatives.
Prior to his promotion to Vice President, Moon served as Senior Director, Strategy and Development, for the Foundation and managed all fundraising initiatives for the Foundation including; sponsorship sales, grants, and major gifts; and continued to craft and develop strategic partnership opportunities to help the Foundation achieve it’s broader strategic goals. He also helped assemble and evolve JBF’s Young Professionals Committee, which was launched in 2012 to help cultivate a younger audience for the Foundation.
Moon has made multiple appearances on WNBC and has been featured in numerous publications on behalf of the Foundation. He also frequently speaks on the Foundation’s work at culinary events and food conferences across America.
Moon holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where he was certified as a holistic health counselor through AADP.