Mike Curtin

CEO of DC Central Kitchen

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THE FIRST RULE FOR RIGHTEOUS ENTREPRENEURS

The D.C. Central Kitchen, the nation's first "community kitchen,” made a bold and controversial decision in 2006. Here’s the story of how a hunger strike fed the hungry, transformed an organization, and showed that sometimes it is okay to be a little antisocial in pursuit of a larger social impact.

Mike is chief executive officer of DC Central Kitchen, the nation’s first community kitchen that operates social ventures aiming to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Since he joined in 2004, he has used his experience as an entrepreneur to expand the organization from a small catering outfit to a business that includes full-service catering, locally-sourced school meals, and a wholesale program that delivers fresh produce to corner stores in Washington, DC’s food deserts.