Shef Bolsters Leadership Team with Appointment of Key DC and Silicon Valley Employees
SAN FRANCISCO, January 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Shef, an online marketplace for local home-cooked meals, today announced the hiring of two senior executives to continue to drive Shef’s growth. Amy Dudley, a former senior communications adviser to the Vice President Joe Biden and senator Tim Kaine and who previously led communications at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), joins as communications manager. Shef also hosts Emma Radin, who joins Airbnb as Head of Partnerships and Community, where she led partnerships for Airbnb Experiences and the company’s lodging business.
Launched in 2019, Shef offers talented local cooks who use the platform, 81% of whom identify as women, the opportunity to earn a meaningful income doing what they love: sharing authentic home-cooked meals with their neighbors. . The name “Shef” contains the word “she” in tribute to the co-founders Alvin Salehi and Joey Grassia mothers, who were both talented home cooks and helped inspire the idea for the platform.
As a company, Shef has approximately 100 employees, nearly 50% of whom identify as women, including four of the nine members of the management team. This includes General Counsel and Chief People Officer Danielle Merida and Chief Operations Officer Anna Wan.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amy and Emma to the Shef team. It is an honor to bring two more leaders with such distinguished backgrounds and valuable experience,” said Shef’s founders. Joey Grassia and Alvin Salehi. “Strategic communications, partnerships and community engagement will be essential to achieving Shef’s mission to build a community dedicated to economic empowerment and cultural inclusiveness that allows anyone to feed their neighbor.”
Amy Dudley brings more than 15 years of experience in senior communications positions at the highest levels of government, politics and philanthropy – including the Obama-Biden White House, the US Senate and CZI, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world. As Shef’s senior communications manager, Dudley will manage all external and strategic communications for the fast-growing startup, and support Shef’s public policy efforts.
“When I first heard about Shef, I knew I had to be a part of this company and its mission,” Dudley said. “Every cook and every dish of Shef has a unique and powerful story to tell. I am grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on the Shef community and the incredible business that Alvin and Joey have built, while supporting a significant economic opportunity expansion movement in communities across the country.
During his 20 year career, Emma Radin has led partnerships and business development teams at high-growth consumer and market companies including Yahoo, Apple, and most recently Airbnb. Radin brings to Shef first-hand experience operating and scaling high-growth companies, deep industry relationships and a passion for developing strategic brand, community and cultural alliances. She also brings a passion and focus on partnerships that support economic empowerment, promote female entrepreneurship and cultural diversity. In his role at Shef, Radin will oversee the vision, strategy and execution of partnerships and community engagement that support Shef’s mission.
“Shef’s potential to break down barriers and empower local food entrepreneurs — especially women and immigrants — across the country is enormous,” Radin said. “I couldn’t be more excited to lead the development of innovative programs and initiatives that will help the Shef community succeed, as well as build meaningful partnerships to support the company’s growth and achieve its mission.”
Founded in 2019 by first-generation Americans Alvin Salehi and Joey Grassia, Shef is an online marketplace for local, homemade food. The service is currently available in multiple markets across United States, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Austin, Boston, Maryland, Virginia and washington d.c. To order food from a local cook in your area, or for more information on how to become a cook on the platform, visit www.shef.com.