Sam Kass is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food companies and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners. He is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition.
After cooking for the Obama’s for two years in Chicago, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009, focused on the family meals. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence.
In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is also an MIT Media lab fellow as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.