Our Board is comprised of dedicated individuals who are deeply committed to Edible Schoolyard NYC’s mission.

Alison Cayne

In January 2012, Alison Cayne opened Haven’s Kitchen, a cooking school with café and private event space in New York City. Committed to promoting good food policy and community activism, Alison is a guest lecturer at The Institute of Culinary Education and New York University Food Studies Program. A born-and-raised New Yorker, Ali lives in the West Village with her five children and their dog Ivy.

David Chang

David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Washington DC, Sydney, Toronto, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and a bakery (Milk Bar) established by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi with multiple locations.

Amanda Fuhrman

Jessica Kempner

Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar is an idea acupuncturist, lawyer, traveler, and explorer. She’s held legal positions at Google and Acumen Fund, and most recently she was the founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker. Anjali is also a designer (her handbag line was featured in Vogue) and a writer, with an inaugural book and a comedy series in the works. She lives in New York City and Hudson, NY with her husband, Atul, and daughter, Zia.

Elizabeth Leeds

Elizabeth Leeds has worked as a consultant for nonprofits, served as Director of Development of Common Good, worked in Mozambique on a transfrontier wildlife conservation and ecotourism project, and also found herself serving as COO of an underwater treasure recovery enterprise. She is the mother of a two-year-old daughter and lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jeffrey.

David Maupin

David Maupin was born in California and studied art history at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career abroad in Italy, where he met Lehmann Maupin Gallery co-founder Rachel Lehmann in 1991. For nearly two decades, Lehmann Maupin has fostered the careers of a diverse group of internationally renowned artists, both emerging and established, working in multiple disciplines and across varied media.

Christine Muhlke

Christine Muhlke is the founder of Bureau X, a food and lifestyle consultancy. After years as the executive editor at Bon Appétit, she is now editor at large. She has written cookbooks with Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, David Kinch of Manresa, and Eric Werner of Hartwood, and contributes frequently to the New York Times, Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, and other publications. She lives in New York City and gardens on weekends in Woodstock.

Fernanda Niven

Fernanda Niven is a native New Yorker with a passion for health, wellness, education, and food. Her background is at the intersection of fashion, business, and wellness, and she has held executive roles at Parasol and Vera Wang. She joined the Board of Edible Schoolyard NYC in 2010.

Mark Ramadan

Mark Ramadan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sir Kensington’s, creators of non-GMO, globally-inspired condiments. Prior to Sir Kensington’s, Mark worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City, specializing in the consumer goods and travel industries. He graduated in 2008 from Brown with a BA in Economics and International Relations.

Karen Ratchford

Jacco Reijtenbagh

Jacco Reijtenbagh was born and raised in the Netherlands and graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Masters in Finance. He is the Managing Director at Plaza Management, a family office, advising on investment decisions. Raising three kids of his own in New York City, Jacco feels passionate about improving food education in schools and beyond.

Lela Rose

Lela Rose is a widely recognized fashion designer known for her unique aesthetic of juxtaposing refined elegance with modern whimsy. Born and raised in Texas and having attended school in Colorado, she is inspired by the color palette of the lush outdoors, as well as her passion for food and entertaining. Lela graduated from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, and since then, has established a fresh point of view in American fashion, continuing to redefine a sophisticated, yet modern lifestyle.

Tamyka Smith

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