MAD Foundation / Yale University
2015 - Present
Managing Producer of the MAD / Yale Leadership Summit, a pioneering collaboration between the Yale Sustainable Food Program and MAD, a Danish non-profit affiliated with noma, the acclaimed restaurant founded by chef René Redzepi. On the premise that chefs today experience an unprecedented influence on—and are important stakeholders in solutions to—global food issues, the Summit creates an opportunity to frame a new dialogue in food systems, and gives participants experiences, ideas, and principles that they can use to think creatively and critically about food-related issues.
Designed and produced all aspects of week-long Summit for 10 world-renowned chefs including : content and curricula, meals, development partnerships, student research workshops, and visual identity.
Foundation for Agricultural Integrity
2014 - Present
Manage Hospitality and Special Projects at Rockefeller family owned, 3000-acre carbon farming project, including Mud Creek Farmhouse and Stone House Grain projects. Oversaw complete renovation of 1800’s 5-bedroom house for farmstay, including interior design and guest experience. Led organic and non-gmo certification processes; documented field research sites; provided administrative services to Farm Manager.
Photo credit: Christine Ashburn
Glynwood / FarmShare NY
Contracted simultaneously by two entities to lead research and analysis of the potential of agritourism in the Hudson Valley, NY. Interviewed over 30 farmers and existing farmstay ventures; documented the needs and potential of the sector through FarmShare NY. Consulted to prospective mixed use land development and social investors. Presented findings and recommendations for private and public programming to address the sector's development at Glynwood Agritourism Convening, May 2014.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Yearlong assignment with Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Western Balkans Program to work with municipality of Ulcinj, Montenegro to develop a strategic plan for sustainable development, focused on rural economic development, local food markets and tourism.
Participated in Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (KOSID); developed knowledge of EUR- Lex accession process. Traveled independently to work with regional stakeholders in Kosovo, Croatia and Macedonia.
Served twice as a juror on RBF's annual Philanthropy for Green Ideas competition, assessing over 25 regenerative economy project proposals and selecting funding recipients.
New Economics Institute
The mission of this successor to the E. F. Schumacher Society is to educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. Hired as operations manager of the New York City office to oversee development and programming strategies, as well as lead human resources searches. Developed and produced ‘Strategies for a New Economy’, a 600+ person conference held at Bard College. Represented the organization’s project “Global Transition to a New Economy Map” at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Conference : Strategies for a New Economy
The Clark Art Institute
Designed and produced European-style food market at Clark’s 2011 Family Day 2011. The market theme was based on Camille Pissarro’s work, which depicts market and harvest scenes. Worked to integrate event design and local farming / food community.