Executive Director




We are thrilled to welcome Karen Bornarth, whom we have hired as our new Executive Director!  Many of you already know her since she has been part of the BBGA community as both a member and educator for the past 20 years. 

Karen stood out amongst 60+ applicants. Our stellar search committee was made up of three volunteer members at large, Diana Haghighat, Sheryl Rosen and Yam Tolan plus two board members – Nancy Carey and Laurie Schive.

The search committee’s expertise in crafting the job description, reviewing resumes and then interviewing the candidates was exceptional. We thank them for their thoughtful, diligent work and commitment to the Guild. Once the final candidates were identified, the board interviewed the selected candidates and the board vote for Karen was unanimous. 

Karen says she is a bread baker at heart since she began her baking career as an overnight baker at Amy’s Bread owned by Amy Scherber - one of BBGA’s founding members. Karen was a bread instructor at The International Culinary Center for five years and many of you know her passion for bread through her class “Science of Sourdough.” Karen’s varied experiences and competencies have prepared her well for this position. 

Since 2014, Karen has been at Hot Bread Kitchen, where she served first as Program Director of Workforce Development then as Head of Workforce Development and finally as VP of Industry Partnerships and Initiatives. Hot Bread Kitchen empowers and creates economic opportunities for immigrant women and women of color through job skills training and food entrepreneurship. Karen has proven herself an effective leader and educator. In addition she has experience in fundraising, grant writing, financial management, strategic planning and communication.

Karen begins as Executive Director on July 11th. She encourages your engagement and can be reached at karen@bbga.org. And a final note, in addition to being super smart Karen is warm, engaging and fun!

Eugenia Theodospoulos, Board Chair

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