RedHen Collective Cooperative Story
Molly Madden is a passionate businesswoman and community organizer. Raised in Montana, she worked beside her mother -- a restaurateur, chef and pioneer of the locavore movement -- building their family’s restaurant. There, Molly developed a strong work ethic and a deep understanding for how food and wine create community and culture. She carries a profound and pragmatic compassion for small businesses and local economies.
Molly started her career in wine imports and distribution over a decade ago in Washington and Oregon, where she began to understand how the wine industry is not protecting its most vulnerable stakeholders.
After working to establish an ambitious new wine importer in New York City, Molly set her course for California with a visionary impulse to put her values into action on an international scale. There she began building RedHen Collective using a cutting-edge business model that embodies feminist values and regenerative economics.
Director of Grower Relations and Storytelling
Stephanie has worked extensively in the wine industry both domestically and abroad. Her expertise includes research, writing, photography, wine retail and import-portfolio development. Stephanie has a passion for collecting the stories of exciting wine growers and producers and introducing their wines to new markets. She is widely respected and beloved for her commitment to facilitating intimate, direct connections between the people growing wines and the people who drink them.
Director of Communications
Annie has a reputation among clients for conducting game-changing market research, developing data-driven communications strategies, and producing new media content. Previously, she served as Director of Marketing Strategy and Research at Strategies 360 and Director of Social Media Strategy at Olive. Clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to major institutions, political campaigns, and organizations.
Stephen Rye Switzer
Cooperative Financial Director
Stephen is a 3rd generation bookkeeper with over a decade of experience in the financial industry. He is the founder of Rye Financial Services, an Oakland-based financial advising business serving businesses and organizations across the United States. With deep knowledge of cooperative business finance, Stephen guides mission-driven businesses to grow to their greatest financial and creative potential without compromising their integrity.
Chief Legal Advisor
Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching as well as an author. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative and the co-founder of the Force for Good Fund.
Impact and Leadership Advisor
Yusuf is a seasoned wine professional whose passion for wine has informed his unique writing style and has led him to explore wine regions domestically as well as across Europe, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Yusuf also works as the Director of Strategic Development at JUST Capital, a non-profit research organization that seeks to provide our society’s stakeholders with the information they need to assess how just and ethical companies are. He is a passionate coach of entrepreneurs, startups and community builders.
Director of Investor Relations
Clare is passionate fundraiser and strategist dedicated to empowering women and people of color to build capital and do what they love. After receiving a BA from Williams College, she spent several years managing donor portfolios and fundraising campaigns for contemporary art institutions in New York, including Dia Art Foundation and The New Museum. She has worked on e-commerce strategy for E&J Gallo Winery, and is an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.