Staff

  1. Susan Ungaro
    President
  2. Susan Ungaro is President of the James Beard Foundation, which is located in a landmark Greenwich Village townhouse that was the former home of famed cookbook author and the “Father of American Gastronomy,” James Beard. Since her presidency began in 2006, Ungaro’s ambitious plans and insight for the development and future growth of the Foundation have already proven successful: expanding the Foundation’s culinary scholarship program; increasing its membership base with a new online enrollment program; bringing the annual James Beard Foundation Awards Gala to prestigious Lincoln Center; and hosting the James Beard Foundation’s traveling national food festival, Taste America.

     

    In September 2012, she collaborated with the U.S. Department of State to develop the “Diplomatic Culinary Partnership,” a new initiative to elevate the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts.

     

    During her tenure, Ungaro spearheaded the annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference to foster dialogue and action to improve our nation’s food system. In addition, in 2011 the Foundation launched the inaugural James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, which recognize visionaries in business, government, and education sectors responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world.

     

    Among her numerous honors, Ungaro was named one of the The Daily Meal’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She has also been recognized with Irish America magazine’s Top Business 100 Award; Muriel Fox Communications Award from the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the Hope Award from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

     

    Ungaro’s frequent television appearances include Food Network’s Iron Chef and Dinner Impossible, Bravo’s Top Chef, NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s Early Show, 20/20, CNN, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

     

    Prior to joining the James Beard Foundation, Ungaro was Editor-in-Chief of Family Circle magazine; served as President of the American Society of Magazine Editors, and also as the Chairperson of the American Magazine Conference. Ungaro currently serves on the Board of Directors of Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP USA) and on the Advisory Board of Food Bank for New York Culinary Council.

  3. Mitchell Davis
    Executive Vice President
  4. Mitchell Davis is the Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, a cookbook author, a food journalist, and a scholar with a Ph.D. in Food Studies from New York University. With the Beard Foundation for 20 years, Davis has created and overseen many of the organization’s important initiatives, including the JBF Greens for “foodies under 40”; the non-profit’s popular five-week pop-up restaurant JBF LTD in Chelsea Market (2011); the annual JBF Food Conference, a national dialogue of thought leaders on sustainability and public health in the food system; and the JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change. In 2013 Davis assembled and led the team that was selected by the U.S. Department of State to create the USA Pavilion at the World Expo Milano 2015, the theme of which is American Food 2.0.

     

    In addition to his work at the Foundation, Davis frequently writes about and reviews restaurants. He holds a chair on the academy of the London-based World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking program. He has written four cookbooks, including The Mensch Chef and Kitchen Sense (both Clarkson Potter), co-authored the ground-breaking electronic book My Provence (Alta Editions) with famed French chef Laurent Gras, which won two 2013 awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, including “Judges Choice,” and is a regular contributor to The Art of Eating. Davis’s television appearances include History Channel’s 101 Fast Foods that Changed the World, Food Network’s Food(ography), Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Best in Smoke. Davis is host of Taste Matters, a weekly radio show (Wednesdays at 11 a.m.) on the Heritage Radio Network. In 2013 The Forward selected Davis as one of the 50 most influential Jews under 50 in America.

Marilyn Platzer

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

 

Nancy Kull

Executive Assistant to the President

 

Izabela Wojcik

Director of House Programming and Greenhouse Gallery Coordinator

 

Laura Rowett

Assistant to the Director of House Programming

 

Diane Harris Brown

Director of Educational and Community Programming

 

Claudia Karach

Director of House Events and Membership

 

Kris Moon

Senior Director, Strategy and Development

 

Michelle Santoro

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

 

Victoria Jordan Rodriguez

Director of House Operations and House Events

 

Sandra Matias

Accounting Manager

 

Patricia Loyola

Financial Manager

 

Kimberly Bradley Osorio

Information Systems Manager

 

Colleen Vincent

Manager, House Marketing & Reservations

 

Chevy Mondesir

Reservations Coordinator

 

Marie Mondesir

Receptionist

 

Clay Triplette

House Steward

 

Jose Lucio

Maître D’Hôtel

 

Behrim Mekuli

Service Captain

 

Albert Reyes

Night Kitchen Manager

 

Sanil Compere

Day Kitchen Manager

 

Communications and Media

Alison Tozzi Liu

Director of Media

 

Scott Meola

Art Director

 

Anna Mowry

Senior Editor

 

Elena North-Kelly

Senior Editor

 

Maggie Borden

Assistant Editor

 

Anya Hoffman

Contributing Editor

 

Ashley Kosiak

Program Coordinator

 

Kaitlin Hill

Publications Intern

 

Special Events

Yvon Ros

Director of Sponsorship and Special Events

 

Julie Marshall

Director of Events and Marketing

 

Jeff Black

Celebrity Chef Tour Event Director

 

Jen Roberts

Awards and Database Manager

 

Siobhan Flaherty Haber

Manager of Greens, Program Committee Chair

 

Shelley Menaged

Manager of Special Projects and Student Program