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.
Jenny is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and has served on MOFAD's board for three years. Outside of her work at MOFAD she is an executive communications coach and strategist. Previously, Jenny led global communications at One Acre Fund and also Slow Food USA, working closely with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. Prior to the world of food and farming, she served seven years in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s mayoral administration and was a professional ballerina with the New York City Ballet. Jenny lives in Brooklyn, where she grows over 30 different edible plants.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick is the founder of Slow Food USA, Heritage Radio Network and the creator of the New York City Trivia Game. His company, Heritage Foods USA, is the largest distributor of rare and heritage breed meats in the USA and he has been recognized by The New York Times Magazine as a "Food Fighter" who is "changing the way we eat." He is the author of the Carnivore's Manifesto published by Little, Brown.
Heritage Foods USA, based in Brooklyn, NY, is a farm-to-table online butcher dedicated to supporting a network of family farmers raising livestock with old school genetics who cannot rely on the commodity market for sales because the animals take too long to grow. Turkeys, pigs, lamb, goats, chickens, ducks and geese are purchased nose-to-tail and sold online in parts to amazing customers in all 50 states as well as to 130 of America’s best restaurants.
Patrick received a Master's Degree in Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Charlotte is a New York based food stylist and culinary creative director. With over 20 years in the food industry and 14 years as a stylist, she holds a strong understanding of the many segments of the food world.
Growing up on a small farm in rural Washington state, she was influenced and became interested at a young age by the power of food. Through her personal projects and work, she enjoys challenging people’s views on food and its physical and mental importance in daily life. She shares a passion and loyalty to all the supporters of the museum and volunteers to see it grow.