Slow Money NYC is excited to announce that it has recently added six new board members to our (already amazing) Board of Advisors. They hail from diverse areas within the sustainable, local food industry: Editor of publications, founder of a CSA, urban farmer, investor in sustainable food start-ups and strategist for business and community development. Without further ado, Slow Money NYC is thrilled to introduce them to our Network:
Brian Halweil is the editor-in-chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, and rural communities. He is hte author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, and he lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and raise oysters.
Guillaume Gauthereau is a business leader, serial entrepreneur, and a social conscious activist. Guillaume was the CEO and co-founder of Totsy, where he successfully raised over $45M in financing, built a team of over 100 people, and became the 2nd largest US private sale website dedicated to moms and kids. Prior to Totsy, Guillaume worked in several executive roles for luxury and retail brands (LVMH, Nestle, Colgate), including the distinction of being the youngest CEO for an international luxury retail company (Lalique). Guillaume is a partner in Jacqueline & Jerome, a line of super fresh vinaigrette, the founder of New York Bee Sanctuary and the Chairman of Sequoia Lab, where he advises companies with sustainable and socially responsible interests on growth and brand strategies. He also serves on numerous boards including Grameen Bank America, Friends of UNFPA, Slow Money NYC, Foodstand, NRDC NY Council, e2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, BrickHouse Security, GustOrganics, and Ayoka Productions. Guillaume has received extensive recognition in the global media for his achievements, as well as numerous awards, including being named NYC Venture Fellow and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012. He teaches Meditation & Mindfulness to individuals and corporations. He has a PhD from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Maisons-Alfort, Paris.
Christopher Washington, Managing Director of Radicle Farm Company, has co-founded three urban agriculture farms totaling over 140,000 sq.ft. across traditional and hydroponic grow space, and has managed both large and small teams. Christopher speaks across the nation and had a chance to address the Clinton Global Initiative focused on “Market Based Innovations,” and is featured in the book “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Global Economy.”
Caitlin Dourmashkin has spent the last eight years focused on supporting local manufacturing and small businesses development as the Director of Planning and Community Development for EVERGREEN, an industrial development non-profit organization in North Brooklyn. In 2011, Caitlin founded the Small Food Producers Network as a monthly meet-up for emerging food manufacturers. Over the past three years, The Network has grown to over 300 businesses, and services now include regular business development workshops and direct one-on-one consulting around finance and strategic planning. Caitlin holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Wen-Jay Ying is the Program Director and Founder of Local Roots NYC, a mission driven organization that creates a local food culture through an alternative CSA model and various events such as pop up supper clubs and an annual music and food festival. The Local Roots CSA has 15 locations throughout NYC, supports over 10 local farmers, and feeds approximately 450 families with sustainably grown produce and small-batch value added products. In 2014, Wen-Jay received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from former Mayor Bloomberg. Previously, she worked at Red Jacket Orchards where she set up the first fruit-only CSA in NYC and was an Americorps VISTA at Just Food as their CSA Resource Associate. Wen-Jay attended Boston University for her undergraduate with a major in psychology. In her free time, she also books concerts, plays music, and hangs out with her corgi.
Christine Rico is a social entrepreneur, growth strategist and financial consultant to growth phase businesses with a social impact mission. Her company, Waste to Wealth Ventures, serves businesses across sectors. But Christine’s love of good healthy food and commitment to building a sustainable food systems has led her to a concentration of work with food producers and other food-related enterprises. Christine is a bike-commuting, fruit and vegetable grower who lives in Brooklyn.