As a former food entrepreneur, Caroline Mak is committed to advocating for underrepresented small business owners, especially in the food space. She co-founded and ran a beverage company, Brooklyn Soda Works for seven years and the successes plus the failures of her first company led her to become invested in learning more about what supports are necessary to ensure small food businesses are able to grow sustainably and thrive. For the past three years and a half years she was a program director at the New York based non-profit, Hot Bread Kitchen where she oversaw the sales of their bakery, then moved to overseeing the small business incubator program, working closely with the food entrepreneurs in the program to tackle issues ranging from bringing a new product to market, and pivoting in response to the pandemic . She is currently a consultant, helping organizations create inclusive and impactful programming; she is also an advisor at the non-profit WEALF, where she mentors and supports women entrepreneurs.
Caroline is also a visual artist. She grew up in Hong Kong, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University and her MFA from the University of Chicago. She has been the recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, and the BRIC Media Fellowship, and has recently discovered a love of making lumpy clay vessels.