Internationally recognized as a culinary innovator, José Andrés is a James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Think Food Group. TFG is the team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico, Miami and Puerto Rico. José’s ThinkFoodGroup also oversees his creative and cultural endeavors such as cookbooks, television programming, José Andrés product line, project development, and education.
After traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, José launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to empower vulnerable people in the developing world. Through his leadership of WCK, José was named Culinary Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. He is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, an organization that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training where he has been involved for the past 20 years.
Director and Treasurer
Rob Wilder is co-founder of Think Food Group. An honors graduate from both Yale University and The New York Restaurant School, Wilder began his career in the restaurant industry over 20 years ago when he co-founded Amy’s Ice Creams, Inc., a chain of retail ice cream stores based in Austin, Texas. He then went on to create the original Austin Grill restaurant in 1988. In October 2006, Wilder led the successful sale of the Austin Grills to Thompson Hospitality. In the fall of 2010, Rob and José were awarded the Richard Melman Award from Restaurant Hospitality in recognition their exciting and relevant restaurant concepts. Additionally, Rob Wilder serves as President of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, Director of RAMW and the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and has served as Board Member of DC Central Kitchen, Beauvoir School and as Chapter Chair of the US Capital Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Director and Secretary
Javier Garcia is a multidisciplinary professional with over 16 years of experience in marketing, sales, international market development, start-up ventures, and web technologies. Javier’s plays a significant role in World Central Kitchen serving as the main liaison between non-for profit objectives and food industry firms. Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from Universidad de Sevilla, a Masters in Business Administration from ESNA, and a Masters in International Business and Marketing from ESIC.
Chef/Owner of Del Campo and Taco Bamba
Chef Victor Albisu combines his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts Del Campo and Taco Bamba. Victor has received multiple awards for his restaurants including 2015 Chef of the Year by the RAMW, Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine, Best Steakhouse by Washingtonian and was a James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for the title of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.
President and CEO of Corro Nobil Associates
Lizette brings 38 years of unique experiences in both for-profit and non-profit management sectors. Along with excellent team and organizational skills, she is a talented strategic planner, fundraiser and event planner having helped organizations raise millions of dollars, produced exceptional events and established frameworks and strategies for their continued efforts. Lizette has worked on prominent projects globally with organizations including The Pentagon Memorial Fund, Save the Children, Operation Smile, Allied Capital’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, The Centennial Celebration of the Organization of American States and ACCION. Prior to joining L&A, she was President and CEO of The Webster Group. She was also Senior Vice President of Resource Development for America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, Managing Director of Orr Associates, Inc., and held leadership positions in several luxury hotels. In addition, she is active in the community serving on the boards of The Latino Student Fund, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Light of Healing Hope Foundation.
Jean Marc DeMatteis
CEO, DeMatteis Construction Group Haiti S.A.
Jean Marc is the CEO of DeMatteis Construction Group Haiti S.A. DCG Haiti is a full service design/build firm that executes turn key institutional and private construction projects throughout Haiti. Jean Marc serves on the board of various non-profit organizations and devotes much of his private time and services to local recovery and rebuilding efforts. A native of Haiti, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He currently resides in Port-au-Prince with his wife Verena and their two children.
President of KMD Consultants
Kevin received his degree in Restaurant Management and Hospitality from the famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. It was through his work at Le Cordon Bleu that Kevin internalized first-hand the balance between food and hospitality, along with all the other less tangible elements that combine to make a successful food and beverage venture. At KMD Consultants, Kevin and his team provide restaurant owners and managers the necessary tools to develop truly inspired concepts, optimize ease of operation, and improve overall profitability. Since KMD Consultants has long believed in corporate social responsibility, Kevin and his staff also spend considerable time assisting clients who have identified social missions that are most dear to them, and links them to non-profits or helps them start a new one of their own.
Founder of LA Kitchen, DC Central Kitchen, and the Campus Kitchens Project
Robert Egger is the Founder of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women gain full time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens. Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. Robert has recently launched the L.A. Kitchen, which currently operates in Los Angeles, focusing on ‘revealing the power of food” by recovering California’s abundant produce and feeding and engaging ‘seniors’. He writes blogs and editorials to share his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America.
Fredes has coordinated the organizational structure and program development of WCK since 2011. Ms Montes holds a degree in Law and Political Science and Masters Degree in New Technologies Law. Ms Montes started her career at a lawyers’ office in Spain before moving on to corporate law and data protection at Experian Spain. Since 2006 she has been serving as legal specialist at the World Bank Group assisting Governments in more than 40 countries worldwide in the areas of consumer protection and credit reporting, financial infrastructure and regulation. Since 2010 she has been involved in World Central Kitchen contributing to the start up of the organization and leading as Executive Director in 2012.
Brian MacNair is the Executive Director of World Central Kitchen, an international social enterprise that develops smart solutions to hunger and poverty through local programs promoting health, education, and jobs – in five countries and counting. MacNair joined World Central Kitchen in 2013 after ten years leading the development efforts of the iconic DC Central Kitchen, which pioneered the intersection of fighting food waste and hunger through providing hands-on culinary training to jobless adults. Brian’s two decades of nonprofit fundraising and leadership experience has been shaped by his past private sector careers as a professional chef and in the fast-paced music industry. He is a sought-after nonprofit board member, currently serving as the Chair of La Cocina, a culinary training program for at-risk Latino immigrants in northern Virginia, and holds a B.A. from SUNY-Fredonia.
Director of Development and Communications
Kevin oversees communications and donor relations, crafting a compelling narrative around WCK’s innovative and life-changing programs around the globe. Prior to World Central Kitchen, Kevin worked in development and donor relations at Georgetown University Law School and local Washington D.C. nonprofits. Kevin holds a BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences from California State University, Chico.
Country Representative in Haiti
Agustin lives in Haiti with his wife and two girls since 2001 sent by Pope John Paul II as a missionary family. He has been working with the Spanish International Cooperation Agency as advisor in Security Sector Reform. He is working with Fundación Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos- Spain in the projects financed in Haiti. He holds an MA in Political Science and an MAS in International Security.
Maestro of Web
Paul provides innovative insights into digital strategy and technology for World Central Kitchen, building and managing all of our websites. Prior to World Central Kitchen, Paul worked with Brian at DC Central Kitchen where he managed media and digital communications. He currently develops and manages e-commerce sites for a number of national clothing brands owned by The Apparel Group in Dallas, Texas.
Development and Communications Associate
Jeanette is a Wisconsin native and graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, where she studied Social Entrepreneurship and Mass Communications. She has lent her skills and passions to a variety of local and international non-profit organizations, and currently works to share the story of World Central Kitchen and increasing its network of support.
DC Central Kitchen Director of Culinary Training and Street Outreach
Father of the Internet, Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs at the U.S. Department of State
Executive Director of SELF
President, Malsbary + Associates
Cookbook Author, New York Times Contributor
DCA Africa Team Lead at USAID
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