Studio ATAO Team
CFO & Beverage Lead
Jenny is a professional chef, writer and artist with a special focus on experimental culinary content. Her background is in fine dining; she worked 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 (winning Beat Bobby Flay in 2016), Oxygen TV, NowTHIS, Food & Wine, Eater, Harper's Bazaar and more. Her full background 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.
Director of BD & Sponsorships
Julie is an operations and project management guru with a background in digital marketing, high-end matchmaking and technology recruiting for early stage startups. At the Studio, she wears multiple hats overseeing the end-to-end guest experience at dinner exhibitions, managing the company's communications, handling our business development & sponsorship efforts and laying logistical groundwork for future series and expansion. She also leads the curation of Studio ATAO's newsletters and is the knower of every workflow at the studio.
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.
Ursula is the social media coordinator for Studio ATAO as well as a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She believes that food is the best human connector and enjoys working in spaces that further explore the complex relationship between food and people. Ursula attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received her BFA in Photography. In her spare time, she further explores being an artist through painting and sewing while her cat diligently studio assists.
Social Media Coordinator
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.
Glass Through Skin Advisor
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.
Hannah is 24-year-old currently living in NYC. Pre-pandemic, she worked in the food and art industries. Nowadays, she is spending most of her time reading and cooking!
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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