Maryam Ahmed

Director of Public Programs, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

Maryam creates CIA’s consumer and trade education programs, such as wine and cooking classes, festivals, and conversation series, through which she focuses on collaborative development with industry peers and partner organizations. In her time at The CIA, Maryam has scaled her department from three to 30 staff members, while creating new revenue streams, implementing strategic onboarding and training methods, and maintaining a significant leadership role at the CIA at Copia in Downtown Napa. As a result of her diverse experience, Maryam works effectively with chefs, enologists, viticulturists, marketing and sales representatives, and senior leadership to create an engaging, fun, and educational environment.