Bio's

Sean Brennan-Founder/Executive Director

Sean Brennan was until ten years ago working as a fourth-generation restaurateur. He began his career as a host in his family's restaurant at the tender age of three. He has performed virtually every role in a restaurant imaginable, from dishwasher to all forms of front-of-house management. In the late, 90's Sean created MSB Creative Restaurant Consulting to take on an occasional client, while continuing to manage operations for various successful restaurant and hotel brands. He dedicated his professional life in that industry to his passion for amazing food and gracious service and was proud to be carrying on a family tradition.

 

But the walls came crashing down. In 2010, he was diagnosed with clinical depression and later re-diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Given no choice, he altered the course of his life by redirecting his passions. The result was a non-profit venture called the Brain Food Garden Project (BFGP). 


Sean sees BFGP as a way for increasing dialogue on how food effects psychological health, as well as physical health. In recent years, he has been a student of Farm School NYC. In October of 2016, he graduated from The Howie T. Harp Advocacy Center, becoming a Mental Health Peer Advocate. Sean's wishes for the Brain Food Garden Project to become a completely Peer-managed and operated not-for-profit organization. 


Increasingly, Sean is invited to be a guest speaker publicly on a wide range of issues relating to food, mental health and the Peer approach. He has addressed psychiatric fellows at Columbia University, addressed NYS Congressional leadership. He was named Spectrum NY1's "Person of the Week" for the Borough of Queens in May of 2017. Sean participated in a global forum as a "Dream Doer," lending his voice to the United Nations recognized World Dream Day. Also, Sean developed a successful gardening program for residents of ACMH, which is an affordable housing program for Peers living with mental health concerns in Queens, NY. 


Through these and other activities, Sean is continuing to develop the concepts and model for the Brain Food Garden Project, while spreading the basic message of gardening and clean eating as viable, effective and accessible "wellness tools" for life-long learning and steady recovery.


To learn more about inviting Sean to speak at your next panel discussion, conference or event email seanb@brainfoodgp.org