Executive Team

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Michael F. Curtin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
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Ja’Sent Brown
Chief Impact Officer

After graduating from Williams College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in religion, Mike lived and worked in Osaka, Japan as a teacher, copywriter, and bartender at his neighborhood pub. Upon returning to the United States, he began a 20-year career in the hospitality business, including owning and operating his own restaurant, The Broad Street Grill, in Falls Church, Virginia.

Mike joined DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) in 2004. Drawing on his experiences in the restaurant business, Mike has spent significant time expanding the Kitchen’s revenue-generating social enterprise initiatives. Under his leadership, DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering has expanded from traditional catering opportunities to include contracts to provide locally-sourced, scratched-cooked meals to schools across Washington, DC.

DC Central Kitchen’s Nutrition Lab facility, funded and launched under Mike’s leadership, has allowed DCCK to take on more contracts, rapidly increase investments in purchasing from local farms, and improve production efficiency. Due to its many social service programs, the Kitchen now employs over 130 people, approximately 40 percent who are graduates of the Kitchen’s nationally recognized Culinary Job Training Program. Social enterprise now accounts for nearly 65 percent of DCCK’s total operating budget.

Mike is a chair emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and a Board member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He was an advisory board for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and currently sits on the advisory boards of DC Greens, Real Food for Kids and Catalyst Kitchens and is a member of the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions.

The Kitchen has received numerous accolades under Mike’s leadership, including the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce 2012 Community Impact Award.

Mike is a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership and the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni.

Contact Mike at mcurtin@dccentralkitchen.org.

Ja’Sent joins the DC Central Kitchen team as the Chief Impact Officer, spearheading the organization’s programming, including program implementation, workforce development, education, and measuring our impact on the community. Ja’Sent joined the DC Central Kitchen team in 2020, bringing with her a successful track record of program implementation, grants management, programmatic “start-up to success”, government and community relations.  Ja’Sent has worked for over thirteen years in DC Government programs addressing the needs of underserved families and individuals.

Ja’Sent received her BA in English at the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters in Social Work at Walden University. Outside of DC Central Kitchen, Ja’Sent spends many volunteer hours serving the community through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, and Girl Scouts of America.  She is the proud mother of two children, and wife of an MPD police officer.

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Andy Finke
Chief Operating Officer
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Tochukwu (Tee) Okasi-Nwozo, PhD, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Capital Officer

Andy Finke serves as Chief Operating Officer leading DCCK’s overall business operations, strategic partnerships and Revenue Generating Operations. Joining the kitchen in 2011, Andy brings DCCK a broad based knowledge of contract and school food production, catering and restaurant experience and food service technology solutions. Raised in Northern New Jersey, Andy has a BA from George Washington University, and received his culinary training at The French Culinary Academy in Manhattan.

Andy has worked for over 25 years in stand-alone restaurants, caterers, hospitals, nursing homes and public school food systems in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and The DC Metro area.

Andy currently lives in Montgomery County Maryland with his wife, three children, and two dogs.

Dr. Tochukwu (Tee) Okasi-Nwozo joined DC Central Kitchen in April 2016, as Chief Human Capital Officer, and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing talent management practices and programs at both strategic and operational levels. As an accomplished Human Resources professional, she has managed the people function for organizations in the nonprofit and private sectors; and has led human resources capacity-building efforts for international organizations. At DCCK, Dr. Tee oversees the organization’s talent management lifecycle, including acquisition, engagement, career development, and performance management.

Dr. Tee received a PhD from Howard University, an MBA from Georgetown University, and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and is also a Gallup-certified Strengths coach.

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Glenda Cognevich
Chief Financial Officer
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Alexander Justice Moore
Chief Development Officer

Glenda joined DCCK as the Chief Financial Officer in the Spring of 2006. In the fall of 2009, she took an 18-month sabbatical to work overseas and returned to DCCK as the CFO in June of 2011. Originally from New Orleans, Glenda has a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from George Washington University.

After a 10-year stint working for a variety of hotels and restaurants in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Glenda joined the Peace Corps and went to Uzbekistan in 1992 as part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Former Soviet Union. In 1998, Glenda moved to Washington DC and started working for non-profits as a financial manager. She was the Controller and CFO of Search for Common Ground before joining the team at DC Central Kitchen. During her sabbatical, she was the Director of Finance and Administration for Just Vision in Israel.

Alex came to DC Central Kitchen in 2006 as an undergraduate grant writing intern from Ithaca College. He returned to the organization in 2010 after earning a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and became Chief Development Officer in 2014. That same year, he published his first book, “The Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty.”

Named one of Elevation DC’s “Fifty under fifty DC food heroes” in 2015, Alex was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the inaugural DC Food Policy Council in 2016 and was featured by the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum as one of 12 local changemakers in its 2021 ‘Food for the People’ exhibition. Alex has been a featured speaker at dozens of colleges, universities, and major events, including South by Southwest Interactive, the Chesapeake Food Summit, and the Universities Fighting World Hunger Global Summit.

Alex and his wife Kathryn do their best to keep up with their three young children, none of whom find this paragraph very interesting.

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Michael F. Curtin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Williams College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in religion, Mike lived and worked in Osaka, Japan as a teacher, copywriter, and bartender at his neighborhood pub. Upon returning to the United States, he began a 20-year career in the hospitality business, including owning and operating his own restaurant, The Broad Street Grill, in Falls Church, Virginia.

Mike joined DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) in 2004. Drawing on his experiences in the restaurant business, Mike has spent significant time expanding the Kitchen’s revenue-generating social enterprise initiatives. Under his leadership, DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering has expanded from traditional catering opportunities to include contracts to provide locally-sourced, scratched-cooked meals to schools across Washington, DC.

DC Central Kitchen’s Nutrition Lab facility, funded and launched under Mike’s leadership, has allowed DCCK to take on more contracts, rapidly increase investments in purchasing from local farms, and improve production efficiency. Due to its many social service programs, the Kitchen now employs over 130 people, approximately 40 percent who are graduates of the Kitchen’s nationally recognized Culinary Job Training Program. Social enterprise now accounts for nearly 65 percent of DCCK’s total operating budget.

Mike is a chair emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and a Board member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He was an advisory board for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and currently sits on the advisory boards of DC Greens, Real Food for Kids and Catalyst Kitchens and is a member of the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions.

The Kitchen has received numerous accolades under Mike’s leadership, including the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce 2012 Community Impact Award.

Mike is a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership and the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni.

Contact Mike at mcurtin@dccentralkitchen.org.

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Ja’Sent Brown
Chief Impact Officer

Ja’Sent joins the DC Central Kitchen team as the Chief Impact Officer, spearheading the organization’s programming, including program implementation, workforce development, education, and measuring our impact on the community. Ja’Sent joined the DC Central Kitchen team in 2020, bringing with her a successful track record of program implementation, grants management, programmatic “start-up to success”, government and community relations.  Ja’Sent has worked for over thirteen years in DC Government programs addressing the needs of underserved families and individuals.

Ja’Sent received her BA in English at the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters in Social Work at Walden University. Outside of DC Central Kitchen, Ja’Sent spends many volunteer hours serving the community through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, and Girl Scouts of America.  She is the proud mother of two children, and wife of an MPD police officer.

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Andy Finke
Chief Operating Officer

Andy Finke serves as Chief Operating Officer leading DCCK’s overall business operations, strategic partnerships and Revenue Generating Operations. Joining the kitchen in 2011, Andy brings DCCK a broad based knowledge of contract and school food production, catering and restaurant experience and food service technology solutions. Raised in Northern New Jersey, Andy has a BA from George Washington University, and received his culinary training at The French Culinary Academy in Manhattan.

Andy has worked for over 25 years in stand-alone restaurants, caterers, hospitals, nursing homes and public school food systems in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and The DC Metro area.

Andy currently lives in Montgomery County Maryland with his wife, three children, and two dogs.

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Tochukwu (Tee) Okasi-Nwozo, PhD, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Capital Officer

Dr. Tochukwu (Tee) Okasi-Nwozo joined DC Central Kitchen in April 2016, as Chief Human Capital Officer, and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing talent management practices and programs at both strategic and operational levels. As an accomplished Human Resources professional, she has managed the people function for organizations in the nonprofit and private sectors; and has led human resources capacity-building efforts for international organizations. At DCCK, Dr. Tee oversees the organization’s talent management lifecycle, including acquisition, engagement, career development, and performance management.

Dr. Tee received a PhD from Howard University, an MBA from Georgetown University, and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and is also a Gallup-certified Strengths coach.

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Glenda Cognevich
Chief Financial Officer

Glenda joined DCCK as the Chief Financial Officer in the Spring of 2006. In the fall of 2009, she took an 18-month sabbatical to work overseas and returned to DCCK as the CFO in June of 2011. Originally from New Orleans, Glenda has a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from George Washington University.

After a 10-year stint working for a variety of hotels and restaurants in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Glenda joined the Peace Corps and went to Uzbekistan in 1992 as part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Former Soviet Union. In 1998, Glenda moved to Washington DC and started working for non-profits as a financial manager. She was the Controller and CFO of Search for Common Ground before joining the team at DC Central Kitchen. During her sabbatical, she was the Director of Finance and Administration for Just Vision in Israel.

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Alexander Justice Moore
Chief Development Officer

Alex came to DC Central Kitchen in 2006 as an undergraduate grant writing intern from Ithaca College. He returned to the organization in 2010 after earning a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and became Chief Development Officer in 2014. That same year, he published his first book, “The Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty.”

Named one of Elevation DC’s “Fifty under fifty DC food heroes” in 2015, Alex was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the inaugural DC Food Policy Council in 2016 and was featured by the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum as one of 12 local changemakers in its 2021 ‘Food for the People’ exhibition. Alex has been a featured speaker at dozens of colleges, universities, and major events, including South by Southwest Interactive, the Chesapeake Food Summit, and the Universities Fighting World Hunger Global Summit.

Alex and his wife Kathryn do their best to keep up with their three young children, none of whom find this paragraph very interesting.

Directors

Amy Bachman

Director of Procurement and Sustainability

abachman@dccentralkitchen.org

Melissa Gold

Director of Communications & Marketing

mgold@dccentralkitchen.org

Mikeya Kirksey

Director of Workforce Development

mkirksey@dccentralkitchen.org

Chris Lucas

Director of Transportation

clucas@dccentralkitchen.org

Kisha Marshall

Director of Culinary Operations

kmarshall@dccentralkitchen.org

Shay McCray

Director of Cafes & Retail Sales

smccray@dccentralkitchen.org

Matt Schnarr

Director of Development

mschnarr@dccentralkitchen.org

Board of Directors

GAIL CHAMBERS (CHAIR)

Associate Director
Infrastructure Millennium Challenge Corporation

MIKE HOLLMAN (TREASURER)

Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Hilton

LISA CREAMER (SECRETARY)

LAVDENA ADAMS ORR, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer
Amerihealth Caritas District Of Columbia

ANNA BARD

Senior Vice President, Community Affairs – MD, DC & VA
Wells Fargo Bank

DARIUS BAXTER

Co-Founder and Chief Engagement Officer
Goodprojects

MAGGIE BISCARR

Director, Global Partnership Solutions
Pepsico

HEIDI BIGGS BROCK

President and CEO
American Forest & Paper Association

SARAH FRIMPONG

CEO and Founder
Wellfound Foods

BARRY JAMES

Senior Vice President; Region Executive Greater D.C. Region
Bank Of America

MIKE KLEIN

Chairman Of The Board
Costar Group, Inc.

RAQUEL MCCONNICO

Project Director
The Bizzell Group (DCCK Alum)

RADHIKA MOHAN

Development Associate
Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

LIZ NOE

District Manager
Aramark

LETICIA PROCTOR

Executive Vice President
Sales, Marketing & Revenue Mgmt
Donohoe Hospitality Services

JULIE SPROESSER

Managing Director
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

CAROL STEENLAND

JEROME TENNILLE

Director of Social Impact & ESG
The Uplift Agency

JOSEPH TOLBERT

Washington Hilton (DCCK Alum)

K.N. VINOD

Chef and Owner
Indique, Bombay Bistro And Indique Heights Catering

BEVERLEY WHEELER, ED.D.

Executive Director
DC Hunger Solutions

ERIC ZIMMERMAN

Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

JOSÉ ANDRÉS (CHAIR EMERITUS)

Think Food Group

ROB WILDER (CHAIR EMERITUS)

Think Food Group