Meet Our Board of Directors
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Greyston has an innovative structure that reflects our hybrid mission as a purpose-driven commercial bakery embedded within an ecosystem of nonprofit organizations serving the needs of both our bakery team and the local community in Southwest Yonkers.
Mike joined Greyston as CEO and President in 2012. During this time, he has continued to build on our company’s long heritage of creating opportunities for anyone who wants a job.
Mike’s visionary leadership has allowed our social enterprise to redirect traditional hiring expenses from those that exclude individuals (e.g., criminal background checks) to those that invest in ability regardless of background (e.g., training, access to safe housing and healthy food).
Mike led Greyston Bakery as president for four years. In this position, he grew revenue by 100% by tapping into global growth opportunities with Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever. He also expanded Greyston’s customer base, most notably with Whole Foods Market and Delta Airlines.
Before joining Greyston, Mike was a partner with BAO Food and Drink where he oversaw the development of the first business incubator in the country dedicated to organic food production and distribution. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and management, identifying business opportunities in high-growth and transitional industries. Mike serves as a business advisor to the American Sustainable Business Council and Social Enterprise Alliance helping to promote policies for a sustainable, flourishing economy. He is an in-demand speaker on changing the nature of business and creating opportunities for those most excluded from the marketplace.
Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He grew up in Rochester, New York and now lives outside of New York City with his wife and two sons.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Brown Sugar Blondie
Alan has been with Greyston since 2016. In addition to general HR operations, he is responsible for our strategic human capital initiatives, which are positioning Greyston for record growth in the years ahead.
As a Fortune 500 human resources executive, Alan’s focus has been on aligning human resources functions with broader organizational goals. He has spearheaded many transformational change initiatives. Before joining Greyston, Alan held leadership positions at American Express, Viacom, Pitney Bowes, and Frontier Communications.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Brown Sugar Blondie
Joe joined Greyston in 2018. His innovative leadership and ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders ensures that we deliver the best services possible to Southwest Yonkers.
Joe began his career as an underwriter for Chubb & Son, Inc. He then moved into insurance risk management as an analyst for Lehman Brothers, Inc. He worked with PepsiCo for the following nine years in positions that included treasury manager and sales strategy manager. In 2010, Joe fulfilled his desire to have an impact on public policy affecting the country’s most disadvantaged. He joined Westchester County as senior advisor of government operations. In 2014, Joe was elevated to deputy commissioner in the Department of Social Services, which had an operating budget of $600 million. He also has the distinction of being the first African American elected as a village trustee in his community of Port Chester where he was appointed deputy mayor from 2011-12.
Joe is a graduate of Williams College, and also attended Oxford University (Exeter College), in Oxford, England. He has a Master of Business Administration (Financial Management) from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Brown Sugar Blondie (because it’s that good!)
Rich joined Greyston in October 2015. He is responsible for the bakery’s product quality, employee safety, and customer delivery expectations. As head pathmaker, Rich works with bakery staff to ensure they have what they need every day to succeed on the job.
Rich previously worked for more than 25 years with Kraft Foods in a variety of businesses at the company’s headquarters and field levels across operations/supply chain functions.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Chocolate Chip Blondie (enjoyed daily)
Jennifer has a 20-year career in marketing and strategic brand management and has created breakthrough marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most loved brands.
Jennifer’s career has included Unilever Home & Personal Care leading both brand building and innovation activities for the Caress, Pond’s, and Dove Face Care brands; Ann Taylor Beauty, a division of Ann Taylor Inc., to develop a new color cosmetics line for the retail stores; Estee Lauder as a Marketing Manager on the Estee Lauder namesake brand developing global products for the Lip & Nail category; Unilever as Brand Development Manager on Caress focusing on global innovation; and L’Oreal USA in the Professional Products Division as a Senior Brand Manager at Matrix. While at L’Oreal, Jennifer led the comprehensive brand restage of Biolage, the #1 brand of salon professionals.
In 2009, Jennifer moved to the world of premium chocolate to become a global marketing leader at Godiva Chocolatier. As Godiva’s Senior Global Marketing Director, Jennifer led the innovation team to deliver the biggest launch in Godiva’s 90-year history – the individually-wrapped chocolates platform and managed the Seasonal Gifting business globally, delivering all of the product innovation and marketing campaigns to support the company’s largest innovation platform.
Jennifer owns her marketing consulting company called Ocean In Motion and works with clients in the non-profit, direct retail and healthcare sectors. Jennifer lives in Manhattan with her husband David and their two children, Molly and Ethan.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Snickerdoodle Blondie
Ian most recently served as the CEO and a member of the Board of Director of GlyEco, Inc., a specialty chemical company, and CFO of GlyEco from February 2016 to December 2017. Mr. Rhodes previously served as the CFO of Calmare Therapeutics Incorporated, a biotherapeutic company, from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Rhodes was an independent consultant and entrepreneur. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer of Arch Capital, where he had overall responsibility for SEC and GAAP technical matters. Finally, from 1994 to 2009, Mr. Rhodes was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he served as an Audit Senior Manager from 2004 to 2009, during which time he worked with some of the firm’s largest and most complex clients.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Alexandra joined Greyston in 2017. She oversees the fundraising activities that are fueling our strategic growth plan. These efforts include philanthropy, government contracting, and new business development.
Alexandra has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has spent most of her career working to improve the lives of women and families grappling with criminal justice involvement, domestic violence, and inequitable economic opportunities. Her experience includes direct social services, executive management, development, research, academia, and policy advocacy. Her roles have involved organizational planning, governance, and leading programmatic change. She has also served as an executive committee member of the Learning Center for Women in Prison Board of Directors.
Alexandra has a master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied the design of social service programs for women involved in the criminal justice system.
Greyston Bakery Favorite: Snickerdoodle