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.
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.