Andrea J. Carbine

Sr. Project Manager


Andrea J. Carbine is an entrepreneur, chef, and consultant working in food for over twenty years. For her work in the kitchen and in her own ventures, she was recognized with two James Beard nominations, a Local Hero award, and a Women of Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship. She has launched, operated, scaled, and sold her own entrepreneurial ventures. She also led operations for the Chicago outpost of the former Pilotworks, a culinary co-working space, helping to develop tools for entrepreneurs and B2B companies to build, scale, and develop their food-focused products.

These experiences make Andrea an exceptional strategist and consultant to young food businesses and creative entrepreneurs as they scale and develop. Today she consults with New Venture Advisors in the development of food processing facilities and food business incubators, helping to design operating models and programs that are tailored to the unique needs of kitchen users and entrepreneurs in the region.



 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)