In 2009, Lena received her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America and immediately joined the opening team of Maialino, USHG’s Roman-inspired trattoria. She later moved on to Gramercy Tavern where she worked as a tournant, before joining the Marta team in 2014. Throughout her time at Marta, Lena moved through the ranks, starting as a sous chef and ultimately assuming the role of Executive Chef of Marta, Caffe Marchio, and Vini e Fritti in 2018.
Lena still finds inspiration from the meals she had while studying abroad in Rome, and delights in her mission of making people feel good, at home, and well taken care of. In her role as Executive Chef, Lena leads all culinary programming, and is responsible for fostering an environment to allow for learning and development amongst her team, and serving as an ambassador of USHG’s family values.