Kerry Brodie

Founder & Executive Director

Kerry founded Emma’s Torch in 2016 but dreamed of it long before that. Cooking has always been her passion: at the age of five, she started training under the watchful eyes of her grandmother, a former caterer and event planner.

Working in media -- as the Global Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the Director of Communications at the Israeli Embassy -- the daily headlines about the refugee crisis screamed in her face.

The time to act is now, she decided. After all, as Anne Frank once said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Isn’t it though?

Kerry is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, where she won the Wusthof Award for Leadership and was named ACCSC Graduate of the Year. She holds a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 in 2018.