Bill Imada is the Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer of IW Group, an advertising and public relations agency that Mr. Imada co-founded in 1990. Mr. Imada serves on President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Mr. Imada is the co-founder and former chairman of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, co-founder of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and former president of the Asian American Advertising Federation. Mr. Imada serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including the Advertising Educational Foundation, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Center for Asian American Media, and Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment.
Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Resy, a category-redefining restaurants reservations mobile application. He is also the co-founder of Eater.com, the network of 25 food blogs acquired by Vox Media in 2013. Focused on the intersection of food and technology, Ben has also led projects for NBC Universal, Food Network, InterActive Corp, and New York Magazine and startups like UrbanDaddy, Kitchensurfing, and Very Short List. He is on the board of directors of Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that prepares minority women for careers in the culinary industry, and is on the James Beard Awards restaurant voting committee.
Founder and President
Dave is the visionary behind MOFAD. Widely considered a thought leader in the culinary world, Dave created and directed the Department of Culinary Technology at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) - at the time, no such department existed in the country. He has been described as being on the culinary education "vanguard' with "tremendous influence" on CNN's The Next List, and has been widely featured on television, in print, and on the radio. Dave is a business owner in Manhattan's Lower East Side, where he has lived with his family for nearly 10 years.
Glenda Hersh is both the President and CEO of True Entertainment and Original Media, two of television's leading producers of unscripted television. True is known for creating and producing Bravo's juggernaut The Real Housewives of Atlanta and hits Vanity Fair Confidential for Discovery ID and Love, Lust, or Run for TLC. Original Media brings the world TV favorites including Spike's Ink Master and History's Swamp People. Before founding True in 2005, Hersh was a principal in The New York Times-owned NYT Television. Hersh's shows have garnered three Emmy awards and nine Emmy nominations.
Jenny is a communications strategist, media trainer, and novice urban farmer in New York City. She currently leads global communications for One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that provides smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to succeed. Previously, she led external affairs for Slow Food USA, working closely with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini and international leadership. Prior to the world of food and farming, Jenny served seven years in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration and was a professional ballerina with the New York City Ballet. Jenny lives in Brooklyn, where she grows over 30 different edible plants.
As a chef, Jonathan holds a Diplome de Cuisine (London), has worked in the kitchen of Jean-Georges (Shanghai) and personally invests in culinary ventures. As a professional, he makes a living through his private equity firm, Hopkins & Rhodes. For many years Jonathan has been a trusted advisor to non-profit and business Boards, assisting numerous Robin Hood Foundation grantees and receiving recognition for his work improving troubled businesses. Jonathan speaks Mandarin Chinese. Together, Jonathan and his wife, Justine, are active participants in New York's culinary, museum, and non-profit communities and envision combining these pursuits into a first-of-its-kind food museum.
Michelle Curb is a seasoned Sales and Marketing executive specializing in revenue generation and strategy for early stage media companies; her clients include Chef’s Feed, Pose and Brownstoner. She previously held the position of Director of Sales at Curbed Media (publisher of the beloved Eater.com), where over the course of five years she built, developed, and lead their advertising sales and sponsorship team. As a lifelong food and restaurant enthusiast, Michelle has been passionately involved with MOFAD for the past two years as both a volunteer and donor and was thrilled to join the team as a member of the Board of Trustees in September 2014.
Patrick is the founder of Slow Food USA, a national non-profit with over 200 chapters across the country. He is the owner of Heritage Foods USA, which supplies sustainably raised, heritage-breed meats to hundreds of chefs from his growing network of small breeders and slaughterhouses. Heritage Foods USA also operates a retail store in Manhattan's historic Essex Street Market. He is also the founder of the Heritage Radio Network, a food-themed radio station with over 1 million monthly listeners. He has been recognized by the New York Times Magazine as a "Food Fighter" who is "changing the way we eat."
Vikram is passionate about building cultural institutions in New York, food education and re-thinking what it means to be a modern museum. As a founding member of the Pinterest partnerships team he helped launch Pinterest's New York office and currently works on building and managing strategic partnerships with some of the worlds largest brands, media companies and agencies. Prior to Pinterest, he was a Director of Strategy and Innovation at American Express and has also worked in strategy and business development functions at the Walt Disney Company, L2, HBO, The Corporate Executive Board and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.