Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Andrew Lutsey joined the Greater Chicago Food Depository as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives in July 2018.
Andrew’s career began in real estate finance and private equity. He found a greater calling at Waseda Farms, his family’s 600-acre organic cattle, hog and poultry farm in Door County, WI. Working on the family farm shaped his vision for Local Foods, an innovative wholesale and retail company that streamlined the Midwestern supply chain for farmers and food buyers interested in locally-sourced products.
Local Foods, which Andrew founded in 2012, operates a wholesale distribution business and a retail grocery store, butcher shop and café launched in 2015. Under Andrew’s watch as CEO, Local Foods grew to exceed $10 million in annual sales with a team of 45 employees. His primary focus was the oversight of strategic planning, management of the key leadership team, human resources, treasury/financial analysis and investor relations.
Through his work at Waseda Farms, Local Foods and consulting, Andrew has been involved in business planning, capital and debt financing, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, operations management, operations analysis, A/P and A/R and many other operational functions.
Andrew received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.