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MBA 06s Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, top education activists

 

Haas Alumnae Make Time’s List of 11 Education Activists for 2011

Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, both MBA 06, co-founders of Revolution Foods, and 2007 winners of the Global Social Venture Competition, were recently named among 11 Education Activists for 2011 by Time magazine. As Time noted: “They’re not the first people to try to improve the quality of school lunches, but the Kristin/Kirsten duo is the first to successfully couple good intentions with a serious and sustainable business model… Even in this economy, a company that sits at the intersection of three hot issues—education reform, child nutrition and sustainable and local agriculture—is a good bet.”

Groos Richmond says the enterprise now serves 60,000 healthy, fresh meals per day in Northern and Southern California, Denver and Washington DC and has created over 450 jobs since inception. Of the duo’s time at Berkeley-Haas, she notes, “We often reflect on how grateful we are for the world class MBA education that Haas provided. Within this program, the Lester Center (for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) served as an incubator for our and other classmates’ ideas, cultivating an engaging, creative and innovation-rich environment.”

“Another sign of the company’s growing cachet?” notes Time: President Obama has appointed Richmond to his White House Council on Community Solutions, which is tasked with mobilizing local resources to solve social problems.

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About The Author

From 2011-2013, Valerie Gilbert focused on sharing stories of Berkeley MBA student achievements and connection to the Haas Defining Principles. At Haas since 2004 and now Associate Director of Content Marketing, she still enjoys revealing the different facets of life at Berkeley-Haas to a variety of audiences.