Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez
Hot Bread Kitchen
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
North America, United States
Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez 2008 Global Fellow
Create a social enterprise model that establishes well-paid baking careers for immigrant women while preserving their traditional baking practices.
Jessamyn W. Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of the iconic social enterprise Hot Bread Kitchen. Since 2008, she has transformed the organization from a visionary idea hatched in her home kitchen into a thriving commercial bakery, workforce development program, and incubator kitchen in New York City. Over the past six years, Hot Bread Kitchen has become a nationally recognized brand whose products are sold in more than 70 restaurants and retail outlets. Jessamyn holds an MPA from Columbia University, a BA from the University of British Columbia, and a Master Baker certificate from the New School University. She lives in East Harlem with her husband and two young children.