• Chad Cherry

    Chef Chad has been in the food service industry for more than fifteen years. His journey in the culinary field began after he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and spent a month in the hospital on what he calls an “unplanned vacation”. His search for better quality food led him to purchase one of the first organic restaurants in Miami’s Design District, The “A” Miami Café. Chef was awarded numerous accolades, including, the 33 Emerging Creative Minds of Miami Award at Art Basel, Washington Post “Must Visit” in Miami and the Best Natural Food Award by New Times Magazine. After completing a bike tour around the State of Florida, Chef realized how many communities were suffering because of food inequality and founded His companies as an answer to the issues he witnessed.

    He has been personal chef to a number of celebrities and also had the honor of feeding President Barack & Michelle Obama. He is a regularly featured Chef at the coveted Food Network/ Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival every year.

    Chef's companies, Refresh Live & Chef Kulture are dedicated to providing Garden-to-Table and healthy lifestyle community education, programs and initiatives. His work is hyper-focused on “Nourishing the Soul of the Community" and he spends his time travelling around South Florida implementing innovative programs that teach soft skills and providing consultation for those in or entering the world of entrepreneurship. Chef Chad is a 2017 Red Bull Amaphiko Fellow, BMe Community Fellow, Alumni & Events Chair for NLC-Broward and Co-Chair for the NLC Black Caucus.

  • Myra Lee

    Currently, Ms. Lee is the Social Determinants of Health Policy Analyst at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the state of Michigan. She previously served as Director of Business Outreach and Community Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. In this role, Ms. Lee managed constituent services related to small business, corporate relations, and a policy advisor on issues related to workforce and economic development.

    Ms. Lee has extensive expertise in project management and community engagement in the non-profit and social impact sector as a policy practitioner specializing in issues related to food security and malnutrition for women and children, social determinants of health in communities of color, and policy implications to promote women's economic empowerment within urban and rural communities both domestically and internationally.

    Ms. Lee attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, specializing in Environmental Economics and completed her graduate studies at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where she received her Master of Public Policy degree and obtained invaluable experience on Capitol Hill.