Garett DiStefano is the Director of Residential and Retail Dining Services for award-winning University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Dining. As the director of the largest and most recognized program in the nation, Garett is not only committed to providing students with a healthy, sustainable and delicious meal but a leader in developing a program that enhances the quality of life of every student by building a community around food.
As the CFO—Chief Food Officer– he is responsible for all operational and service aspects of the University’s dining program including financial performance, guest satisfaction, and industry-leading initiatives. The program has earned national accolades for promoting local food systems, culinary innovation, sustainable food sourcing, and top-notch catering — the program published a book on “Making Local Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious” a how-to guide for foodservice operators. In 2019, The Princeton Review’s Best 385 Colleges ranked UMass #1 Best Campus Food for the fourth year in a row.
Garett is an alumnus of UMass, earning his M.B.A from the Isenberg School of Management. He is active in several trade organizations including the National Association of College and University Food Service. When he is not at work, Garett is the proud father of two amazing daughters and married to the girl he met in sixth grade.