Our Values 

At the James Beard Foundation our work is people-first and guided by our values:  


We acknowledge inequities; we work to ensure that everyone—regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—has the opportunity to thrive.


We are open and honest about the ever-evolving nature of creating a more equitable industry and invite others into the process.   


We recognize and honor the dignity that each person  (business owners, workers, and consumers) brings to the industry. All people deserve to feel respected, safe, and supported in the workplace and have the same access to opportunities as anyone else in the industry.


We strive to do the right thing and stand boldly in our convictions.  


We recognize that people flourish when resources and opportunities are accessible and supported by meaningful networks and collaborations.   


We care deeply and authentically about our industry, about the craft and culture of  “Good Food,” and about America’s food culture and leadership.



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable food and beverage industry, the James Beard Foundation works actively towards providing opportunities for underrepresented populations. Through our comprehensive programming, effective advocacy, strategic industry investments, and diligent efforts to embody these values within our organization, we aim to be a driving force in advancing diversity and inclusion for our constituents.


To provide feedback on these goals, or if you have any questions, please contact hr@jamesbeard.org.