Sherene joined L.A. Kitchen in 2015, a non-profit startup focused on reducing food waste through food recovery to serve hungry seniors through their Impact program, and empowering former foster youth, formerly incarcerated and formerly homeless individuals through the Empower, culinary job-training program. In her role, she developed the nutrition standards for the organization, built the nutrition curriculum for Empower, and partnered with Keck School of Medicine of USC, her alma mater, to develop the first nutrition selective for medical students, the Culinary Medicine Selective, enabling future doctors to better serve the community.
Prior to her work in community food security, sustainability, and education, she brings expertise from the private sector in culinary and business, as a professionally trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute, and former Global Strategic Manager at Hewlett-Packard.
Sherene’s work has been recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Award. Her role is also featured in British Vogue's “What on Earth is Wellness” video series. She currently serves as the Sponsorship Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group and is the lead for L.A. Kitchen on the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, founded by Harvard and CIA.