Jenny Dorsey (she/her)
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 .
Karen Kumaki (she/her)
Director of Operations
Karen is a Boston-based nonprofit project manager with experience in healthcare education and training, international development, and fundraising. 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
Edric is a native and typical New Yorker, doing too much all the time. Outside of the Studio, he is the Global Careers Manager at Re:Coded, an NGO that facilitates tech up-skilling for marginalized youth in the Middle East. Previously, he served as Program Director of Emma's Torch, empowering refugees to begin restaurant careers. Edric studied anthropology and poetry at Princeton, and spends his free time writing poems, dancing, and watching yet another Asian drama.
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.
Emily Chen (she/her)
Head of Content
Emily is a product manager at Adobe and ex-management consultant. 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 and diversity and inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys bouldering, reading, cooking, and discovering the newest restaurants in NYC.
Kariesha Martinez (she/her)
Book Club Moderator
Kariesha is a marketing professional at Whole Whale 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.
Isla is an NYC-based publishing professional, copy editor, and writer. Isla graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, and since then has worked at the intersection of books, social justice, and cultural criticism. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and seeking out inexpensive eats across the five boroughs.
Tonilyn Sideco (they/he)
Film Series Moderator
Toni is a proud booty-shaking genderqueer love warrior. The fourth child of Filipino immigrants, Toni was born and raised in SF's Sunset District and is now a Brooklyn & SF-based writer, director, and creative educator for both stage and film. Toni is also the co-host of First Person PBS, a show about queer community and resilience, and teaches queer history through the PBS Learning digital platform.
Matt Dorsey (he/him)
Finance & Legal
Matt is an executive finance professional and self-taught mixologist. Previously, he was the finance partner of the Museum of Food and Drink (MoFAD). In his free time, Matt runs marathons (with a goal of '50 in 50', or 1 in every U.S. state) and spoils his wife and two dogs.
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