Charley Cummings

Founder and CEO, Walden Local

Role: Associate

Site: CDL-Paris

Stream: Climate

Charley Cummings is the founder and CEO of Walden Local, Inc. – the leading brand of local, sustainable meat in the US Northeast. Now one of the largest whole-animal share programs of its kind in the world, Walden partners with more than 75 different partner farms across New York and New England to produce and distribute grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken, pork, lamb and other local food directly to more than 30,000 member families from central New Jersey to Portland, Maine, in a fully vertically integrated model. Charley’s previous experience excludes running acquisitions for a venture backed composting & energy company and co-founding a non-profit advocacy organization in favor of the nation’s first offshore windfarm. He began his career in management consulting, focused on top line growth. He holds a BA in public policy from Brown University and and MBA from Harvard Business School. Charley also serves on the boards of several leading natural food and wellness companies, including Carman Ranch and Gaia Herbs