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Board of Directors

The MPF US Board of Directors brings together a diverse range of talented, successful individuals offering experience, insight, and connections from the culinary, business, social enterprise and social justice fields. The Board of Directors holds quarterly meetings. We are in the midst of expanding the board please check back for more board member info very soon.

Bryan Flodmand
Bryan is the Chief Financial Officer for the Melting Pot Foundation US as well as Chief Executive at Meyers USA. He works closely in the day to day operations of the Michelin star awarded Agern as well as the highly touted Great Northern Food Hall located in Grand Central Terminal.
Prior to his time with MeyersUSA Bryan worked in the consumer products industry for one of the largest As-Seen-On-TV companies in the United States as the Director of Finance & IT. Bryan began his career with Denmark's largest hearing aid and medical device company.

Bryan has an MBA from Rider University and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and daughter
Chris Kossifos
Mr. Kossifos is a seasoned Information Technology Executive having worked in the private sector as both technical lead and principal executive for numerous high technology firms. He is also an investor in a variety of technology businesses and start-up ventures. 

Chris Kossifos currently serves as Principal Managing Member and CTO of CK Technology Group, an Information Technology contracting firm based in New York City. He is also President of Wanderport Networks a bespoke internet service provider operating in New York,New Jersey, Florida, Quebec and abroad and is CEO & Co-founder of Wanderport Africa, headquartered in New York City with subsidiaries in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Rwanda and Namibia. Wanderport Africa has embarked on a mission to ensure that the utility of communications and broadband internet is delivered to the developing world to drive economic and social development, as well as the global business initiatives recognized by first world nations. Educated at Pace University in Downtown Manhattan with a focus on software development and always with the entrepreneurial and “self-starter” spirit, Mr. Kossifos has been at the forefront of internet technologies since the early 2000s, focusing on network applications and services in the Hospitality and Construction verticals. Paramount to all of his undertakings, commercial or altruistic, is his firm philosophical belief that technology betters economies, quality of life and the spirit of any modern society.​
Claus Meyer
Claus is a world-renowned restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur. He is the mind behind the New Nordic Cuisine Movement and the co-founder of noma, rated the world’s best restaurant four times on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. He has hosted several Danish and international TV cooking shows and written numerous cookbooks. Meyer co-owns several restaurants, including Studio in Copenhagen, which received a Michelin star just four months after opening, as well as several bakeries, delis, a catering business, an orchard, a vinegar brewery, a coffee roastery and a cooking school for kids and adults.

Claus has relocated to New York City and last year established a food hall rooted in the New Nordic Cooking philosophy, Great Northern Food Hall, and the Michelin star restaurant, Agern, both located at Grand Central Terminal, as well as an artisanal grain, dairy, coffee and meat production program. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Claus has opened a small bakery, Meyers Bageri, an outpost of his Copenhagen bakery chain. Coming soon, Claus together with co-restaurateur Fredrik Berselius will open a new contemporary all-day restaurant, Norman, on Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, located at A/D/O, a working space for designers.

Believing in food as a driver for social change, Meyer established the Melting Pot Foundation in 2010, and is Chairman of the Board of The Melting Pot Foundation US, founded in 2015.
Leslie Merinoff
Leslie Merinoff was born and raised in the food and beverage industry -- growing up submerged in food and beverage culture the world over.  Leslie grew up traveling around the world with Heifer International, kickstarting domestic food projects in underdeveloped countries, often in communities with scant access to food and water when the project arrives.  Leslie’s first “job” at the Amagansett CSA - Quail Hill Farm - taught her about growing exceptional food - the time, labor and resources that go into produce. Leslie took a job with family owned global spirits company, William Grant & Sons, managing brand strategy and it’s execution for Sailor Jerry Rum, as it closed in on annual sales of 1M cases.  After 2+ years with William Grant, she was itching to get back to her entrepreneurial, process oriented roots, and so she joined The Noble Experiment distillery in Brooklyn, NY.  After 2+ years helping founder Bridget Firtle take Owney’s Rum to the next level, Leslie is now heading into a challenge of her own making, as she launches her new distillery incubator, Matchbook Distilling Co.  Based in the North Fork of Suffolk County in Greenport, NY, Matchbook Distilling Co. will bring drinkers, restaurants/bars, brand owners, distillers and farmers closer together for better drinking.  Leslie also sits on the board of Bacchus Importers based in MD, is an active shareholder at Breakthru Beverage and an angel investor at SevenRooms, Chinola, Empirical Spirits, Compass Box and Edible Magazine.  Leslie is also a member of The Founders Circle at The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center
Elizabeth Lowery
Prior to serving private clients in the political, government and philanthropic arenas, Lowery was Deputy National Finance Director for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Obama for America, overseeing the finance operation that succeeded in raising over $1 billion dollars and re-electing President Obama. She then went on to serve as the Finance Director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  During the 2010 election cycle, she served as the Finance Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Under her leadership, the committee succeeded in raising over $100 million dollars, a factor that played significantly in maintaining a Democratic Senate majority.

Earlier in her career, Lowery was a longtime aide to Former U.S.
Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., which included serving as National Finance Director during his run for the United States Senate in 2006.
Originally from Huntsville, AL, she graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business.
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