Principal & Founder
Monica is a leader in sustainable food and hospitality with 20 years transforming the Natural-Organic movement to mainstream. She got her start at the Cornell Hotel School and has since pioneered many food companies to success including launching Pret A Manger international as its first head of Head of Marketing, Supply Chain and Product Development. She has worked and advised for every step of the supply chain from start-up brands to multi-national/commodity across categories, covering freshly prepared, fast casual, B&I and CPG on business strategy, sourcing and brand identity. Her focus on food integrity has spanned civic work with foundations and cities including consultancy at KK&P designing food systems innovation and studies at NYU with a MS in Global Affairs.
Currently, Monica’s food journey is solely focused on her own start-up – Happa Kitchen (happa meaning “half-Asian”) – re-imagining Asian food with a mission to celebrate the kitchen table through inclusion and togetherness.
Monica has lead diverse, inter-generational teams for both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She is a founding member of the Pret Foundation US, an elected-member of Cornell University Council and the President’s Council for Cornell Women.