Director, Catalyst Kitchens
“There is nothing more inspiring than helping communities all over the country (and beyond) galvanize around food as a catalyst for change using our proven model to help individuals escape the cycle of poverty.”
Member Engagement Coordinator
“I have witnessed my teammates work together to empower our students at FareStart and am ready to bring that energy to Catalyst Kitchens. We are a ripple effect that begins with a strong network of like-minded organizations working to uplift their communities. Together we can make a true impact through the power of collaboration.”
Member Advisory Council
The Catalyst Kitchens Member Advisory Council (MAC) is comprised of leadership from across Model Member organizations. The MAC serves to provide valuable insight and strategic decision making in an effort to scale network impact and enhace membership value.
Steve Brooder, St. Matthew's House
Program Development Manager
"I've seen the benefits of food service offering a second chance at life. To be able to share this knowledge with other likeminded organizations makes me optimistic about the future of our country."
Member Engagement Manager
Emily is interested in challenging traditional community development norms to solve complex social issues at scale. She's worked at the grassroots level as a community extension agent in Peace Corps Cameroon and managed cross-sector initiatives while working at a boutique consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Emily's experience creating compelling communications tools, including an award winning documentary film, help her to support and enhance the inspiring work of Catalyst Kitchens members around the country.
"It’s incredible to see so many diverse organizations joining together in this network to innovate, launch, and build capacity in their own communities. More than a network, Catalyst Kitchens is truly a movement."
Program Development Manager
Justin has worked for years merging food, gardening, and the culinary arts with services for vulnerable populations in both Chicago and Seattle. In his role as Program Development Manager, Justin draws on a wide range of experience with instruction, curriculum writing, program expansion, youth education, and over a decade of work in restaurants and hospitality.
“I believe in the transformational power of food to create and strengthen communities. Catalyst Kitchens members provide pathways to a noble career, and empower people to know and choose happiness in their lives every day.”
David has a long history of incubating and launching food-service-based social enterprises including his founding of what would become Catalyst Kitchens in 2006. His work in the field has been so impactful that he was the recipient of a Social Enterprise Alliance Leadership Award in 2009. While David is no longer part of the day-to-day operations, he will remain involved with Catalyst Kitchens.