Anne Maxfield was brought up in the early days of Julia Child, but back then what she really thrived on was the bounty of prepared foods. Onion rings in a can, on top of macaroni and cheese from a box, with those cute Vienna franks (also from a can), and there was a great dinner! Parents going out? Frozen pot pies, or even better, a TV dinner…bliss. Why whole grains and fresh vegetables, when there were cans or frozen foods?
Fast forward to a new century.
Anne Maxfield is a multi-talented serial entrepreneur. Her vision for the Accidental Locavore is to provide viewers with a person like them, to take the mystery out of farmer’s markets, and show them how she cooks with what’s local and fresh.
Twenty years ago, Anne Maxfield co-founded Project-Solvers, Inc, to provide freelance talent to the apparel industry. It was acquired by Select Staffing in 2005. Anne’s business model to provide free-agent talent to leading designers, manufacturers and retailers in the apparel and accessories industries made Project Solvers, Inc. the premier “creative outsourcing solution” for those industries, and created a $20 million dollar industry. Another first for Anne was the creation of www.projectsolvers.com one of the earliest web sites created to provide information about jobs and fashion industry trends on the Internet.
Anne Maxfield holds a B.F.A with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. After her studies at R.I.S.D., she spent a year in Paris and was awarded one of five national scholarships to attend the Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture. She serves on the Advisory Board for Consultants 2 Go, and is a former Advisory Board member of Marist College, and the University of Delaware. She is the winner of the 2005 NAWBO Signature Awards. Anne has been a frequent speaker at the Fashion Institute of Technology, R.I.S.D., Pratt Institute, The New School, Marist College and has made many appearances on NY1 Small Business Report, and Bloomberg TV. She is also a long time member of the Women President’s Organization, and in her spare time, is an avid sports enthusiast whose hobbies include figure skating and golf.