June Jo Lee
Vice President of Strategic Insights, The Hartman Group; Bellevue, WA
JUNE JO LEE, a food ethnographer for the food industry, is the vice president of strategic insights for the Harman Group. Internationally trained, her research in North and Latin Americas and Asia focuses on understanding food culture in relation to health, identity, taste, and desire. Her areas of expertise include food culture, eating occasions, health and wellness, and most recently, digital food life. Current and past clients include Starbucks, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Hershey’s, Nestlé, Campbell’s, Heinz, Safeway, Daymon, Bunge, Dairy Management Inc., National Council of Farmer’s Cooperative, Johnson and Johnson, and Seventh Generation. June speaks regularly at food industry conferences, including for The Culinary Institute of America, Harvard School of Public Health, Chef’s Culinary Conference, United Fresh Produce Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Cooperative Grocers Association, Natural Products Expo West, and many client consumer days. June has worked at The Hartman Group for nine years. She has a master’s in East Asian Studies from Harvard and a master’s in Korean Studies from Yonsei University. She started her career in food as a produce team member at the original Whole Foods Market in Austin.