Rita M. Hudetz is a 2009 Yale FES/SOM Joint Degree Graduate. She recently joined natural food company Hu Kitchen as Chief Commercial Officer of Hu Products, to drive expansion of their retail product line. Prior to joining Hu, Rita was Director of Strategy for Global Nutrition at PepsiCo where she supported global strategy development for the Quaker, Tropicana, and Naked juice brands, driving annual planning and global innovation platform coordination, emerging market expansion and M&A initiatives. Prior to leading nutrition strategy, Rita also spent 4 years in nutrition marketing and innovation helping to build the Quaker brand through category expansion into dairy and by building the China nutrition business unit.
Rita did her masters work in strategy, operations and environmental health, focused on global chemical regulation and 3rd party certification (including Fairtrade and GMO Free labeling). Following her time at Yale, Rita spent two years in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. While there, Rita acted as program Manager for Booz Allen’s Center of Excellence on Climate Change which focused on issues of climate change adaptation on US government clients.
Rita worked at the UN General Assembly in 2006 and in 2007 was recruited for an internship at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in the Chemical and Waste Governance division. Prior to Yale, Ms. Hudetz co-founded an environmental health nonprofit, worked in consumer insights for big CPG with Loran Marketing group, and work for green marketing and media firm Ideal Bite which was acquired by Disney in 2008.
Despite having traveled to and worked in over 40 countries on 5 continents, Rita is a midwestern farm girl at heart. She grew up Yorkville, IL (population 2000 at the time) on on a working horse farm about two hours outside of Chicago. She grew passionate about environmental and food issues after witnessing increased illness rates in her small town where suspected endocrine disrupting herbicides were commonly used on crops. Rita currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, two cats, and far too many houseplants. She is an avid gardener and looks forward to having a garden (and perhaps a farm!) again some day soon.