Hot Bread Kitchen envisions a food system that equitably compensates talent and sustains a diverse workforce while celebrating culinary tradition and innovation.
Our non-profit social enterprise marries market to mission: 65% of our operating budget is funded through bread sales and kitchen rental. Essential philanthropic support makes it possible for us to provide industry-specific training and educational programming to benefit our clients.
The flash of inspiration for Hot Bread Kitchen came from a slip of the tongue.
In 2000, founder Jessamyn Rodriguez interviewed for a job at a microfinance organization called Women’s World Banking. When she explained the opportunity to a friend, he misheard the organization’s name as Women’s World Baking. Forget banking — the missing letter conjured up a vision of an international women’s baking collective that stuck.
Fast forward seven years: Jessamyn, after a decade of social justice and public policy work, is now a baker. She launched Hot Bread Kitchen’s Bakers in Training program out of her home kitchen in Brooklyn.
Since then, our programs, kitchens and staff have grown. In 2010, Hot Bread Kitchen moved into La Marqueta, an indoor market in East Harlem built by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1936. In its heyday, La Marqueta was visited by thousands of shoppers a day, many of them recent immigrants, that sought products from their homelands. Sadly, in the 1970s and 80s, the number of shoppers decreased and many vendors shut their gates.
In 2010, to revitalize the entrepreneurial history of La Marqueta, the New York City Council and the Economic Development Corporation envisioned bringing a culinary incubator into the market as an anchor tenant—Hot Bread Kitchen was selected to run it.
In early 2011, we launched HBK Incubates out of La Marqueta, to support the growth of start-up businesses, bring food entrepreneurship back to the historic public market and aid in the creation of good jobs and good food in the community.
In 2017, Shaolee Sen joined the organization as Executive Director, bringing a passion for supporting women and small business, and a decade of nonprofit experience.
Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez
Founder & President
Senior Director of External Affairs
Senior Director of Operations
Bakers in Training
Logistics and Packing Manager
Training Manager & Lead Instructor
Development Resource Associate
Employment Partnerships Manager
Workforce Retention Manager
Marketing & Communications Manager
Social Impact Programs Coordinator
Managing Director, Global Head of Liquid Markets Fixed Income Financing: Barclays Capital Inc
Antonia Bowring, Secretary and Treasurer
Principal: AB Strategies
Founder & CEO, DBC Creative
Chief of Staff, US eCommerce Customer Care
First Vice President for Business Development: Amalgamated Bank
Managing Director: Golden Seeds
Chaeri Kim Tornay
Director, Office of the General Counsel: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Vice President of Finance and Operations:
Director Emeritus: McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Nonprofit Advisor; Former VP: City Harvest
Diana Taylor, Chairperson
Vice Chair: Solera Capital
Chef and Owner: Milk Bar
Managing Director, Global Business Development, Google
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Instructor (full time)