Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez is an entrepreneur and leader in the social enterprise movement. She is the founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen, an acclaimed social enterprise that fights poverty and is changing the food landscape in urban areas.
Since launching Hot Bread from her home kitchen, she has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative, Crain’s “40 Under 40,” and was named one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food” by Food and Wine Magazine in 2015. She is the author of The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, published by Clarkson Potter.
Before launching Hot Bread Kitchen, Jessamyn spent a decade working in international affairs focusing on human rights, immigration advocacy, and education. She worked for various NGOs as well as the United Nations before learning to bake and becoming the first female baker at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a Master Baker certificate from the New School.
Jessamyn lives in New York City with her husband and two children.