Warzocha was recommended to the Food Bank’s board of directors by a Search Committee comprised of trustees, and the recommendation was approved by the full board in a special meeting this morning. She will direct the organization’s efforts to provide nutritious food and support to more than 700 member agencies and programs that serve the hungry in six counties, and champion the organization’s mission to ensure that everyone in Northeast Ohio has the nutritious food they need every day. Warzocha will assume her new duties effective immediately. She succeeds Anne Goodman, the Food Bank’s President and CEO since 1999.
Warzocha has been with the Food Bank since 2000 and has been responsible for engaging the general public in the organization’s work. She served most recently as vice president of external affairs, overseeing fundraising, communications, advocacy, SNAP outreach and volunteer resources for the organization.
Warzocha managed the Food Bank’s capital campaign, which raised more than $10 million to construct a new state of the art community food distribution center. She was also a member of the management team that helped facilitate the mergers of the Food Bank with Food Rescue of Northeast Ohio, another local hunger relief organization, in 2001 and with the Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger in 2003. As part of this second merger, the Food Bank took on responsibility for the coordination of the annual Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive, one of the largest campaigns of its type in the nation.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received the 2013 Mary Ruth Herbers SNAP Outreach Excellence in Food Banking Award from Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, for outstanding service. In 2006, it was named Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America. Also in 2006, it received the Organization Innovation Award from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
“There was an extensive search process but, in the end, we found the best candidate right in our midst. All the candidates were outstanding in their own regard; yet Kristin was exceptional,” said Shirley Stineman, board chair, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “She possesses a deep background in nonprofit management, and brings proven leadership skills, and a clear vision. Equally important is her genuine sense of caring for, and commitment to, the hungry people we serve in Northeast Ohio. Serving hungry people is the central mission of the Food Bank. Kristin understands what drives us, because it’s driven her too. Under her guidance, we will continue to be well-positioned to feed hungry people in Northeast Ohio and drive powerful results.”
“I would also like to thank Bill Coquillette who has graciously served as interim CEO over the past four months,” said Stineman. “Bill is a long time Food Bank trustee and former Board Chair. We cannot thank him enough for his time.”
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. This is one of Northeast Ohio’s best nonprofits, with a committed board, a talented staff, and tens of thousands of donors and volunteers who care passionately about providing nutritious food to Northeast Ohioans in need. I am enthusiastic about working with our team in this new capacity,” said Warzocha, “and I look forward to building on the momentum we have in place and to continuing the spirit of innovation that allows us to do more each year for the hundreds of thousands of hungry people in our community.”
About the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, having made possible nearly 45 million meals in 2014 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. The Food Bank’s mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. We do this through both food distribution and SNAP outreach efforts. For more information, please visit the website at www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org.