Hot Bread Kitchen creates breadwinners.

Our signature culinary 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 hiring partners.

Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary 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, culinary entrepreneurs, and the East Harlem community we call home. Founded by baker and social justice advocate 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.

Hot Bread Kitchen has been based at La Marqueta, the historic East Harlem market, since 2010. Opened by Fiorello LaGuardia in 1936, La Marqueta was once the bustling commercial heart of El Barrio, home to over 300 predominantly immigrant vendors of food and dry goods. From the 1970s on, the market suffered from disinvestment and decline, and by the early 2000s had a fraction of the vendors it hosted in its prime. In an unprecedented effort to revive and rehabilitate the space, Hot Bread Kitchen collaborated with NYCEDC, City Council, and the Bloomberg Administration to bring our growing social enterprise bakery and incubator to La Marqueta.

Our Team

  • Shaolee Sen
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Kobla Asamoah
    Head of Small Business

  • Karen Bornarth
    Head of Workforce

  • Cedric Jarrett
    Chief Financal Officer

  • Monica Brennan
    Facilities Director

  • Debbie Kellogg
    Development Director
    Institutional & Major Donors

  • Caroline Mak
    Program Director, HBK Incubates

  • Sujata Bharani
    Financial Coach

  • Jenny Kutner
    Chief of Staff

  • Katie Peabody
    Employment Partnerships Manager

  • Michelle Rojas
    Workforce Retention Manager

  • Margo Sivin
    Brand Manager

  • 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

Antonia Bowring, Secretary and Treasurer
Principal: AB Strategies

Dana Cowin
Founder & CEO, DBC Creative

Ivy Grant
Chief of Staff, US eCommerce Customer Care

Amir Kirkwood
Chief Lending and Investment Officer, Opportunity Finance Network

Ben Leventhal
Co-Founder:, Resy

Mary McCaffrey
Managing Director: Golden Seeds

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
Vice Chair: Solera Capital

Christina Tosi
Chef and Owner: Milk Bar

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