Maryam Ahmed is a New York native based in Napa, CA. She has been in the food and beverage industry for over ten years. Maryam is the Director of Public Programs at the Culinary Institute of America. She also works independently with socially conscious entrepreneurs and organizations to implement ideas, scale, and create experiences. Her work takes place at the intersection of chefs, sommeliers, activists, sustainability experts, creatives, and organizations focused on the empowerment of the BIPOC community and the advancement of women.