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Anneliese Tanner

Senior Director of Research & Assessment

Anneliese Tanner brings extensive experience in food service and finance, as well as a passion for positively impacting our food system.

Anneliese Tanner

Senior Director of Research & Assessment

Anneliese Tanner brings extensive experience in food service and finance, as well as a passion for positively impacting our food system.

She holds a Master’s in Food Studies from New York University, with a focus on food systems and city food policy. For six years she was the Executive Director of Food Service & Warehouse Operations for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. There she led a movement to redefine the urban school meal experience through programs like breakfast in the classroom, food trucks, salad bars, plant forward menus featuring global flavors, increased scratch-cooking, sustainable purchasing and zero waste cafeterias. As the Senior Director of Research and Assessment at the Chef Ann Foundation, Anneliese advises school districts on how to shift their food programs to scratch cook operations.


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Who We Are

The Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to promoting whole-ingredient, scratch-cooking in schools. Scratch-cooking enables schools to serve the healthiest, tastiest meals so that kids are well-fed and ready to learn.

Our Mission

Ensure that school food professionals have the resources, funding and support they need to provide fresh, healthy, delicious, cook from scratch meals that support the health of children and our planet.

Why School Food Matters

American kids start their life-path in K–12 schools where they learn the skills necessary to thrive & meet their potential. While the country debates the best ways to teach them math, science & English, we spend little to no time on food & nutrition.

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