Jenny is a professional chef, writer, and artist with a special focus on using food for social good. She is a former management consultant before pivoting into the food industry, finding her niche at the axis of food, identity, and vulnerability, and starting Studio ATAO. Jenny and her work has been profiled on Food Network, Oxygen TV, NowTHIS, Food & Wine, Eater, Harper's Bazaar and more. Her full background, bylines, and food portfolio can be seen at www.jennydorsey.co.
Beatriz or Bea (pronounced BAY-UH) is a daughter of immigrants whose family hails from Pangasinan, and the Bisayan Islands in the Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia. Bea is Cofounder of Tuk Tuk Box, a mission driven, first generation Southeast Asian women owned and founded specialty food retailer. She holds a Masters in Public Health, completed programs in indigenous and migration health at the University of Peace in Costa Rica and maternal health at the National School of Public Health in Havana, Cuba.
Sarah (pronounced SAR-RAH) is a mission-driven artist, illustrator, and second year Ph.D. student studying Political Science, specializing in feminist international politics. Sarah has a background in Economics and Community Development. She has worked on advocacy and lobbying campaigns to establish legislation related to violence against women in Pakistan and in the U.S., and has spearheaded programs geared towards skills training and economic independence of survivors of gender-based violence.
Vivi Nguyen (they/she)
Head of Community
Vivi (pronounced VEE-VEE) is a Chicago-based pastry artist, community worker, writer, and proud product of working-class Vietnamese refugees. They are originally from California, and come to ATAO with a decade's worth of experience in the education, research, media, and food and beverage industries. Vivi is also the owner of Radical Joy Bakery, an underground pastry studio specializing in unique, custom, botanical cakes. When not in the kitchen or office, you can usually find them chasing delicious bites, thumbing through used titles at bookstores, and sharing pop culture critiques with friends.
Radhika (pronounced RAH-THIH-KAH) is a facilitator, writer, and wineshop worker based in Brooklyn. She comes from an Indian household where the dinner table is a space for education, resistance, and joy. From that foundation, they have worked in food and beverage for the last ten years, alongside their work in strategy and design in tech. They come to ATAO to build curriculums that distribute power from white supremacist, capitalist, and colonialist systems to POC, queer, and grassroots systems.
Kariesha Martinez (she/her)
Book Club Moderator
& Advertising Manager
Kariesha is a marketing professional specializing in nonprofit and social impact marketing. In addition to running advertising campaigns for a number of nonprofit clients, she has also spearheaded a number of DEI initiatives with her team to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space. In her spare time, she enjoys playing around in Adobe Illustrator, scrolling on Tik Tok, and taking dance classes.
Emma Buchman (she/her)
Researcher & Writer
Emma Buchman is the director of March On Maryland and the digital content director of March On Foundation. Emma is also a member of several grassroots organizations in her county, including Connecting the Dots, the C.A.S.T. of Anne Arundel County, and the Caucus of African American Leaders. In 2020 she was a recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Sara Montijo (she/her)
Moderator & Facilitator
Sara's facilitation approach grounds in liberation frameworks & honors the curious rhythms that shape disobedience to oppressive systems & devotion to our shared humanity. Building off of her Interdisciplinary Studies training at NYU, Sara's earlier projects introduced counter marketing tools to equip marginalized peoples to voice concerns about health & wellness issues, like the effects of sugary beverages, gentrification, food deserts, & fake news. She's moving towards opening a bookstore, cafe, performance venue that holds space for radical inquiry, & healing-centered, pleasure-bound, YES-trusting activations.
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