Hot Bread Kitchen creates breadwinners.

Our signature culinary workforce training program provides job skills training to women who face profound barriers to employment. After four weeks of intensive instruction in kitchen fundamentals and personal + professional readiness, our trainees are poised to excel in roles across the culinary industry. All women who complete our rigorous training are matched with one of our valued employer partners.

Hot Bread Kitchen’s small business incubator offers aspiring entrepreneurs licensed and affordable commercial kitchen space, business development support, market access, and a thriving culinary community to grow their food ventures. 90% of the small business working out of our incubator are women and/or minority-owned. Our incubator members bring heritage food traditions from across the globe, from West African ginger juice to Indian street snacks to vegan Caribbean empanadas.

Learn more about our impact and who we serve in our 10 year impact study.

Hot Bread Kitchen creates economic opportunity through careers in food.

Hot Bread Kitchen envisions a food system that equitably compensates talent and sustains a diverse workforce while celebrating culinary tradition and innovation.


Since 2008, we have provided pathways to prosperity for women who face economic insecurity and culinary entrepreneurs. Founded by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen has trained over 400 women for meaningful careers and incubated 240 small businesses over the past decade.

Our line of deliciously diverse breads is baked to feed our mission. In our first decade, Hot Bread Kitchen’s signature training program was housed in our bakery and used bread as a vehicle for culinary education. In 2017, we expanded our training program to culinary education beyond bakery and bread, putting us on track to quadruple the number of women we are able to train annually.

Our Team

  • Shaolee Sen
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Kobla Asamoah
    Head of Small Business

  • Karen Bornarth
    Head of Workforce

  • Kristine Borok
    Head of Brand & Development

  • Cedric Jarrett
    Chief Financal Officer

  • Jenny Kutner
    Chief of Staff

  • Monica Brennan
    Facilities Director

  • Debbie Kellogg
    Director of Philanthropy

  • Caroline Mak
    Program Director, HBK Incubates

  • Katie Peabody
    Senior Employment Partnerships Manager

  • Michelle Rojas
    Senior Workforce Retention Manager

  • Lindsay Pankok
    Development Director, Institutional Giving

  • Margo Sivin
    Brand Director

  • Sujata Bharani
    Financial Coach

  • Santa Suna
    Sales & Marketing Associate

  • Ray Chow
    Program Manager, HBK Incubates

  • Kelsey Minten
    Social Impact Programs Coordinator

  • Liliana Vislocky
    Accounting Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

Geoffrey Allen
Managing Director, Global Head of Liquid Markets Fixed Income Financing: Barclays Capital Inc

Becky Bowler
Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships Group: Guggenheim Investments

Antonia Bowring, Secretary and Treasurer
Principal: AB Strategies

Dana Cowin
Founder & CEO, DBC Creative

Amir Kirkwood
Chief Lending and Investment Officer, Opportunity Finance Network

Ben Leventhal
Co-Founder:, Resy

Mary McCaffrey
Managing Director: Golden Seeds

Sandra Nudelman
Chief Data & Analytics Officer: Chase

Chaeri Kim Tornay
Director, Office of the General Counsel: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ingrid Rasmussen
Vice President of Finance and Operations:
Heron Foundation

Stacey Rauch
Director Emeritus: McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Matthew Reich
Nonprofit Advisor; Former VP: City Harvest

Gail Simmons
Special Project Manager: Food & Wine Magazine; Judge: Top Chef;

Emily Susskind
Independent Consultant

Diana Taylor, Chairperson

Jaffer Zaidi
Managing Director, Global Business Development, Google

Careers at HBK

Love food, people and a fast-paced environment? Check here for open positions and send your resume and cover letter with the position title in the subject line to