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Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman ('16)

Founder and editor-in-chief, Civil Eats, Sonoma County, Calif.
nstarkma@stanford.edu, @naomistarkman

During her time at Stanford, Starkman attended classes at the Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. She spoke on campus at various events, met with professors and leaders on campus, and engaged people in Silicon Valley, including venture capitalists, farmers, and food-forward thinkers around her project. She enlisted a media adviser at venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, whose mentorship largely shaped the direction of her work. In the Winter and Spring Quarters, Starkman co-taught a class with Matthew Rothe, co-founder of the FEED Collaborative. Their experimental course explored the intersection of design thinking and quantitative data analysis; their students designed, tested, and recommended innovative and economically viable new media business models as part of Starkman’s JSK Journalism Challenge. Starkman and Rothe will pursue an ongoing future partnership between the FEED Collaborative and Civil Eats, and have engaged support from design firm IDEO to further their work.

Journalism Challenge

Design Thinking Food

Innovation in action, or how I learned to love design thinking and how it might help fix journalism and food

Making food policy news part of our daily media diet while innovating on funding for Civil Eats and all independent digital publications.

Posts by Naomi

Matthew Rothe

JSK & d.school Fellows team up to teach food systems innovation

Our new team will be calling on readers to help answer some of the toughest questions about fixing both food and journalism.

About Naomi

Naomi Starkman is founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system, and the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Publication of the Year. Her path to journalism has been circuitous and she brings her background in law and skills as a public policy analyst and farmer to her work. She is a founding board member of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Starkman served as the director of communications and policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and German from San Francisco State University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. After law school, Starkman served as deputy executive director of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission. She is an avid organic gardener and lives on a farm in Northern California.


Information on this page is from the fellowship year.