Julia Collins is the CEO and Founder of Planet FWD.
Collins is a serial entrepreneur who discovered food was her calling as a young girl in San Francisco where it was the epicenter of her community. She’s spent her early career building industry-leading food companies in New York City, growing brands such as Union Square Hospitality Group, Mexicue, Murray’s Cheese and Harlem Jazz Enterprises. She went on to co-found Zume Pizza where she became the first Black woman to create a company valued at over a billion dollars.
Today, Julia leads Planet FWD, a company on a mission to tackle climate change by making it easier to bring climate-friendly products to market. Planet FWD’s platform provides food, fashion and beauty brands with the tools to understand, reduce and neutralize their carbon footprint, and get on a path to net zero emissions. The platform is inspired by Planet FWD’s own snack brand, Moonshot, which launched in 2020 as the first climate-friendly snack brand.
Julia graduated from Harvard University and earned her MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She resides in San Francisco with her 2 sons and partner.