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
As the former owner and operator of Eva Restaurant, 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 the Member Engagement Coordinator James will help to develop CK membership content and resources.
Corinne began at FareStart as a Catering Supervisor, where she learned the ins and outs of social enterprise operations. She later expanded her experience to Student Services, joining FareStart’s student outreach efforts in the Seattle community. She brings this dual knowledge to her role as Program Associate where she will support the membership and consulting teams, provide the administrative backbone for Catalyst Kitchens, and front-line customer service to our prospective clients. Corinne’s well-rounded knowledge of and established relationships within FareStart will make her an asset to the team.
"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.
Andrew Finke, DC Central Kitchen
Dan Fey, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
Dennis Bagneris, Liberty's Kitchen
Jeff Bacon, Triad Community Kitchen Providence
Julie Price, ArcBroward
Margaret Haywood, Inspiration Corporation
Molly Hancock, FareStart
Nancy Brumbaugh, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Paul Fordham, Homeward Bound of Marin
Steve Brooder, St. Matthew's House
Steven Stivers, UMOM Day Center
Tammy Johnson, Life's Kitchen
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.
“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.”