Studio ATAO Team

core team

Jenny Dorsey (she/her)

Executive Director

@chefjennydorsey

Matt Dorsey (he/him)

CFO & Beverage Lead

@mixologistmattdorsey

Karen Kumaki (she/her)

Director of Operations

@kkumaki18

Jenny is a professional chef, writer and artist with a special focus on experimental culinary content. Her background is in fine dining; she spent time in Michelin-starred restaurants in both NYC and SF before launching her own consulting business and finding her niche on the axis of food, vulnerability, and identity.

 

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.

Matt is an executive finance professional and self-taught mixologist. He specialized in startups (Uber, Grovo, Thrive Global) before moving on to start his own investment fund. He was the former finance partner of the Museum of Food and Drink (MoFAD) and an independent CFO consultant. He has won multiple cocktail competitions, including StarChefs and Edible Manhattan, and his cocktails have been featured in outlets such as UrbanDaddy, Forbes and Business Insider. His first book, Healthy Cocktails, was published November 2019 via SkyHorse Publishing.

Karen is a Boston-based nonprofit project manager with experience in healthcare education and training, international development, and fundraising. She has organized a variety of events and conferences in the US and internationally and previously worked as a bartender in London and Boston. Karen studied Political Science and Economics at McGill University and has a MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, planning trips, and buying more books than she’ll ever read.

Edric Huang (he/him)

Head of Programming

@__erd__

Edric Huang is a native and typical New Yorker, doing too much all the time. Outside of the Studio, he organizes with a grassroots environmental justice organization in Brooklyn, designs anti-racism / anti-harassment trainings for major non-profits and think-tanks, and supports global ethnographic research initiatives. He stumbled upon Studio ATAO after spending two years as Program Director of Emma's Torch, empowering refugees to begin careers in NYC's restaurant industry and thinking a lot about the politics of food. Edric studied anthropology and poetry at Princeton, and spends his free time writing poems, dancing, watching yet another Asian drama, and having existential crises. 

Claire is a NYC-based theatrical designer turned digital marketer and storyteller. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i before attending New York University's Tisch School of The Arts where she received a BFA in Theater. After college, her 'survival job' in the restaurant industry transformed into a career in social media and marketing. During her spare time, Claire likes to watch anime, visit art galleries, and eat her way through NYC.

Claire Mosteller (she/her)

Head of Community

@claire__tofu

Emily Chen (she/her)

Head of Content

Emily is a NYC-based management consultant, working primarily with technology companies. At her firm, she's involved in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives within the company with a particular focus on undergraduate recruiting. Emily graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and has been involved with various social impact groups, with a particular passion for API issues. In her free time, she enjoys bouldering and discovering the newest Asian restaurants in the city.

partners

Sarah works in higher education with a special interest in community resilience building and bottom-up driven social change. She graduated with a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, which help her understand structural violence and the effect of policy on marginalized individuals. During her free time, Sarah likes to listen and watch true-crime podcasts and shows.

Sarah Hong (she/her)

Experimental Salons

Co-Facilitator

@hkhong94

Amy Kao (she/her)

Book Club Moderator

@_amykao

Amy is a sustainability nonprofit professional, currently working with US and Canadian cities to annually track their climate mitigation and adaptation actions. At the Studio, she coordinates and co-hosts the monthly book club. She uses her background in policy and economics, understanding in systems thinking, and awareness of current social justice issues to contribute to the book club's discussion. Based in Brooklyn, she volunteers at MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink) and bikes to her favorite parks and bars in her free time. 

Sarah is an actress, activist, and adoptee advocate living in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Art History from UCLA and her professional background is in social impact and youth civic engagement. As an aspiring permaculturist and baby abolitionist you can find her listening to rap or a podcast in the garden dreaming up new worlds with her doggo, Socks.

Sarah Koff (she/her)

Experimental Salons

Co-Facilitator

@skoffe

Risa Puno (she/her)

Glass Through Skin Advisor

@risapuno

Risa is an NYC-based sculpture and installation artist who has exhibited with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, NYC Dept. of Transportation, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and many others. Most recently, she was selected by Creative Time for their inaugural Open Call award, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, ProPublica, and The Boston Globe. Risa grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, studied art and medicine at Brown University and earned her MFA from New York University.

volunteers

Hannah is a NYC based creative. Pre-pandemic, she was working in the arts.

Hannah Seabright (she/her)

@hanseabright

Laura spent the majority of her career working for the food & beverage industry in NYC and continues to pursue her various passions while living in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College and attended the culinary arts program at the International Culinary Center. In her spare time, Laura enjoys baking, hiking, and DIY projects.

Laura Han (she/her)

@favesandspaces

freelancers

We absolutely adore our team of freelancers who regularly work with us on various programming. If you're also interested in freelancing with us, please get in touch!

 

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  • Federica Nanfeng

  • Briana Balducci

  • Angelina Lopez

  • Samantha Lucenti

  • Faye Wong

  • Cat Spady

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