Our People

RedHen's team has DEEP EXPERTISE and a PASSION FOR SOCIAL IMPACt.

Molly Madden, Founder & CEO, RedHen Collective   Molly Madden is the Founder of RedHen Collective, a feminist, cooperatively-owned, wine import and distribution company. Raised in Montana, she worked beside her mother - restaurateur, chef and pioneer of the locavore movement, building their family’s restaurant. There, Molly developed a strong work ethic and a deep understanding of how food and wine create community and culture. She carries a profound and pragmatic compassion for small businesses and local economies.  Following many years as a community organizer, Molly began her work in wine imports and distribution in Washington and Oregon, eventually landing her in New York establishing an ambitious new wine wholesaler. Early in her career, Molly became an accredited sommelier and traveled the world solo to learn the languages and legacies of the farmers behind her beloved wines. While forging deep relationships across the entire wine industry, Molly discovered that glass ceilings above her head were matched by glass ceilings below her feet, and that the fundamental structure of wine’s supply chain undermines its most vulnerable stakeholders: farmers, women, people of color.  In the spring of 2016, Molly left NYC to found RedHen Collective: a leading-edge business model for the wine industry embodying feminist values and regenerative economics. A powerful speaker and visionary, Molly has presented at WineFare, Batonnage, and the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives. Her transformative work has been featured in  Forbes ,  The Oregonian , and  Meininger’s Wine Business International .  Learn more about Molly  here .

Molly Madden, Founder & CEO, RedHen Collective

Molly Madden is the Founder of RedHen Collective, a feminist, cooperatively-owned, wine import and distribution company. Raised in Montana, she worked beside her mother - restaurateur, chef and pioneer of the locavore movement, building their family’s restaurant. There, Molly developed a strong work ethic and a deep understanding of how food and wine create community and culture. She carries a profound and pragmatic compassion for small businesses and local economies.

Following many years as a community organizer, Molly began her work in wine imports and distribution in Washington and Oregon, eventually landing her in New York establishing an ambitious new wine wholesaler. Early in her career, Molly became an accredited sommelier and traveled the world solo to learn the languages and legacies of the farmers behind her beloved wines. While forging deep relationships across the entire wine industry, Molly discovered that glass ceilings above her head were matched by glass ceilings below her feet, and that the fundamental structure of wine’s supply chain undermines its most vulnerable stakeholders: farmers, women, people of color.

In the spring of 2016, Molly left NYC to found RedHen Collective: a leading-edge business model for the wine industry embodying feminist values and regenerative economics. A powerful speaker and visionary, Molly has presented at WineFare, Batonnage, and the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives. Her transformative work has been featured in Forbes, The Oregonian, and Meininger’s Wine Business International.

Learn more about Molly here.

Stephanie Sprinkle, 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.

Stephanie Sprinkle, 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.

Stephen Rye Switzer, 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.

Stephen Rye Switzer, 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.

Clare Quinlan, 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 received a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Clare Quinlan, 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 received a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 
Jenny Kassan, 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.

Jenny Kassan, 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.

Yusuf George, 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.

Yusuf George, 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.

Annie Connole, Communications Director   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.

Annie Connole, Communications Director

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.