E5 P2 : Ally Svenson

Episode Information

Maggie and Hannah conclude their conversation with Ally Svenson, the co-founder of MOD Pizza, a purpose-led, people-first, fast-casual pizza brand. MOD Pizza’s people-focused culture of inclusivity and diversity are evident both in front of and behind the pizza counter. In part two, Ally shares how raising a family and building a business works hand in hand, how MOD’s philanthropic efforts impact communities, and the importance of having a great partner in life and in business.

About Ally Svenson & MOD Pizza:
After founding and selling two successful businesses in the U.K. — Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s Ltd. — Scott and Ally returned to their hometown of Seattle to raise their family. With four growing boys, they soon discovered a need for family-friendly dining options that were fast, healthy, and affordable. They wondered, was there a way to innovate this restaurant segment? Soon their entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and they began exploring ideas that combined their love of business, people, and purpose. The goal? Create a people-first culture where everyone could thrive. The result was MOD Pizza. The first MOD opened in 2008 in downtown Seattle, and the “pizza with a purpose” brand grew from there. Today, Scott serves as MOD’s CEO and Ally as MOD’s Protector of the Purpose.