A seasoned leader and gifted storyteller, Nate Mook knows what it takes to turn words into action and ideas into impact. Thanks to his extensive experience in the fields of technology, filmmaking and activism, he understands the power of a well-crafted story to bring people together and change the world.
Nate serves as the Executive Director of World Central Kitchen, where he works hand-in-hand with the non-profit’s founder, world renowned activist and humanitarian Chef José Andrés. WCK leverages chef-driven expertise to provide solutions to critical issues surrounding health, education, job creation, and social enterprise. The non-profit has supported communities across the globe and was recently named the second most innovative food company in the world by Fast Company. Nate oversees all WCK operations, leading the organization’s emergency and disaster relief efforts, as well its long-term impact projects. Most notably, he helped create and lead the #ChefsForPuertoRico effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that served nearly 4 million meals to people in need.
Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director at World Central Kitchen, Nate produced the HBO Documentary film “Baltimore Rising.” The film documents the peaceful protests and destructive riots that erupted while the city waited to hear the outcome of the trial of the officers involved in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. A commentary on the social tensions affecting the US today, the documentary highlighted the deep divisions between the authorities and the community — and underscored the urgent need for reconciliation.
Nate has been a producer and filmmaker with the international production company, What Took You So Long, since 2012. His career as a filmmaker has led him to produce, direct, shoot and edit projects in Somalia, Haiti, Colombia, Panama, Uganda, Kenya, Iraq, and Liberia. He has worked with a myriad of prestigious clients including UN Women, USAID, UNDP and the World Bank, along with smaller NGOs and startups. In 2013, Nate was tapped by former president Bill Clinton to travel throughout Africa and document the president’s 8-country humanitarian tour. In 2015 he conceived and directed the documentary “Undiscovered Haiti” with chef José Andrés, a project that was co-produced with National Geographic and PBS.
A not-so-secret tech-geek at heart, Nate spent his early career as an entrepreneur in the technology and software industries. Before the age of 27, he had founded/co-founded three tech-based companies, including online publisher BetaNews, and digital B2B service provider Localist.com. Nate has also worked extensively with TED, curating and organizing events and conferences in locations including Doha and Washington, DC. He was named a “Change Hero” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his work with TEDx around elevating voices in underserved communities in Somalia.
When he’s not busy fighting hunger or making films, Nate enjoys travel, keeping up with politics and his cat Jinx. Today, Nate looks forward to continuing to serve those in need by strengthening World Central Kitchen’s legacy as an effective and compassionate global humanitarian organization.