Cerise Mayo is the founder and director of UNDERSTORY. Cerise began working as an advocate for small agricultural producers in 2002 at the U.S. office of Slow Food. As the Director of Special Projects, she led national education campaigns that championed dynamic models of small-scale food production, distribution, and procurement. From 2007-2010 Cerise was the Program Director for the New Amsterdam Market a non-profit organization dedicated to reinventing the public market as a civic institution for New York City.
Since 2011, Cerise has contributed to the creation and growth of a select group of businesses and organizations focused on food, farming, art, education, and social justice under her consultancy, Nutshell Projects. Her clients include Saipua, Edgemere Farm, Drive Change, She Wolf Bakery, Marlow & Sons, Enlightenment Wines, Beetlebung Farm, Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates, Pocoapoco, Neuehouse, Mobile Kitchen Classroom, and others.
Kate Malin is an Event Planner and houseplant mother living and working in Brooklyn. She has worked with the Good Food Foundation, the Museum of Food and Drink, and is currently the Catering and Events Manager at the The Greene Grape in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the NYU MA Food Studies program.