June Jo Lee



Food Ethnographer. User Experience Researcher. Food Culture Subject Matter Expert.

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Co-publisher, Readers to Eaters.
Co-author, Roy Choi and The Street Food Remix

2018 Seibert Award Honor for Informational Book
2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2018, NCSSl
Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction 2018, NCTE
Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2018-2019

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Resident food ethnographer for Google Food and Perkins School for the Blind, providing user insights and strategic visioning.  

Consumer / User Experience Researcher to food industry, including Walmart Labs, Good Dog, BrightFarms, UMass Amherst.

Member of Google Food Lab and speaker at food industry events including, Grain Gathering, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CIA’s Menu of Change, Oldways, Nutrition and Health, American Heart Association, Natural Expo West, National Cooperative Grocers.

Co-founder of Readers to Eaters, an independent children’s book publisher with a mission to promote food literacy.  Co-author of Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix2018 Sibert Award Honor for most distinguished informational book for children, about the Korean American chef who remixed the flavors of L.A with the Korean Taco and kickstarted the modern food truck industry, thereby revolutionizing American fast food.



Previously,  VP of Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group, leading qualitative research projects for Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Target, Starbucks’ Evolution Fresh, Dairy Management Inc, Kraft, Nestle, Hersey, Heinz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and more.

Studied food anthropology at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and started her career in food as a produce team member at the original Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas.

Grew up between Seoul Korea, Texas and California.