Our Team

Renée Martin
Director, Catalyst Kitchens

 
Renée got her entrepreneurial experience in the (insanely) fast moving digital media sector where she launched and developed several startups. After that she pivoted to be a leadership consultant to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. As Director, Renée oversees Catalyst Kitchens as a whole. She is responsible for social enterprise sustainability and program impact for both membership and consulting. 
 

“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.”

 

Tyler White
Program Associate

 
Tyler got his start with Catalyst Kitchens as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and has developed a strong understanding of how our network and services can contribute to the success of organizations around the country. As Program Associate, he supports the day-to-day operations of Catalyst Kitchens by providing front line customer service, promoting membership and service offerings, and providing general administrative support.
 

“Working with Catalyst Kitchens has taught me the real power of a new kind of impact model—where social services are sustained through social enterprises.”

James Hondros
Content and Resource Developer

As the former owner and operator of Eva Restaurant and Wine Bar, James brings a wealth of experience as a business manager and culinary professional. He's spent time teaching job readiness and financial literacy classes to newly arrived refugees through the International Rescue Committee and is interested in learning more about workforce development through social enterprise. In his role as a AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, James will help to develop CK membership content and resources. 

 

Advisory Council

The Catalyst Kitchens Advisory Council includes Model Member and FareStart board representation and acts as a subcommittee under the governance of the FareStart board.  

Chair

Gregg Johnson

Members

Chris Alston

Chris Schenck

Kristi Marchbanks

Linda Nageotte

Megan Karch

Mike Curtin

Paul Fordham

Shawn DiGruccio

Tiffany Gathers
Program Development Manager
 

Tiffany brings strong firsthand experience within community outreach, student intake and food service business operations at FareStart to her role as Program Development Manager. Her academic and professional background in community development also inform her work supporting the incubation and launch of programs in communities across the country.
 

"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."

Emily Olsen-Harbich
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 most recently comes from CollaborateUp, an international partnership design 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."

 

David Carleton
Founder

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.

“The Catalyst Kitchens alliance members are some of the best social enterprises in the field, but, together, we are so much more. We are leading a social movement that is creating real solutions to joblessness, poverty and hunger in our communities.”