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.
Garrett is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the author of The Brewmaster's Table, and the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer. He was a founding board member of Slow Food USA and later served on its International Council. A veteran host of more than 1,000 dinners and tasting events in 18 countries, Garrett was the 2014 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award as "Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional".
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.
Glen Whitney joins the MOFAD board with great perspective gained as the Founder and Executive Director of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).
He's worked as a math teacher and researcher in a university setting, and as an applied mathematician in an industrial setting. Since 2008, he's been heavily involved in the hands-on museum world and in the math communication and outreach world, and has recently founded StudioInfinity.org to further those efforts.
On the side, he learned to bake bread from scratch when he was thirteen, and has made the cooking, appreciation, and sharing of eclectic foods an important part of his life since then.