Our Team

Core Team
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Jenny Dorsey (she/her)

Executive Director

@chefjennydorsey

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.

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Karen Kumaki (she/her)

Director of Operations

@kkumaki18

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.

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Edric Huang (he/him)

Head of Programming

@__erd__

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.

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Emily Chen (she/her)

Head of Content

@em.chen113

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 SF.

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Sarah Imran (she/her)

Head of Communications

@sarahzimran

Sarah (pronounced SAH-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. 

Partners
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Kariesha Martinez (she/her)

Book Club Moderator

@kariessm

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. 

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Samara Ahmed (she/her)

Writer

@samahm91

Samara is a Journalism Research Assistant for EdSurge, a nonprofit newsroom that does education reporting. She has a dual Master’s from Columbia University in journalism and public policy, where she covered the South Asian community, juvenile justice, and housing. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and hanging out with Dobby, her dog/house-elf.

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Isla Ng (she/her)

Writer & Editor

isla.nyc

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.

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Matt Dorsey (he/him)

Finance & Legal

@mixologistmattdorsey

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.

Volunteers
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Sarah Squarsino Overton (she/them)

Moderator

@sarahsquarsinooverton

Sarah Squarsino Overton is a Jewish educator and activist with her Master’s in Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Social Justice. Sarah’s work focuses on inter-generational opportunities to heal the world through Tzedek Council Katan at Congregation Emanu-El in SF and organizing discussions with families about the housing crisis, building a community of lifelong learners, mental health, racism, and gender-inclusivity.

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Kimberly Yang (she/her)

Editor

@kimberlypearl_

Kimberly is a writer and brand consultant in the beauty, wellness, and fashion space. 

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