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New Executive Director

May 7, 2014

Dear Friends of Ballard Food Bank,

I announce with great pleasure that Jennifer Muzia has been hired as Ballard Food Bank’s next Executive Director. She will begin on May 19, 2014. We are fortunate to have found a leader with Jen’s experience and vision to succeed Nancy McKinney who is stepping down as Executive Director this month to spend more time in her Methow Valley home.

Jen was the Search Committee’s top choice from an excellent pool of candidates. Thanks to those of you who helped the Board of Directors in the selection process. Sharing your insights about what qualities you believe to be essential in our Executive Director and about the candidates played an important role in finding such a talented person to continue the momentum underway at the food bank.

Jen brings a record of successful team building, community collaboration, program implementation, and strategic leadership. Her experience as a nonprofit leader includes ten years of increasing responsibility at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she is currently Chief Strategy Officer, and almost nine years as a board member and volunteer at University District Food Bank. Jen currently serves as an advisory board member for Youth Development Executives of King County and a board member for the Kgwale Le Mollo Foundation. She is a Seattleite and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from University of Washington.

In addition to her impressive qualifications, Jen comes equipped with the openness, compassion, and humor that are characteristic of Ballard Food Bank’s culture, as well as a passionate belief that access to nutritious food is a basic human right, and is essential for a healthy community. The hiring process revealed that Jen is a strong collaborator who will respect the voices of everyone in the community, and a leader with the ability to guide us toward our shared vision of food justice.

The Board of Directors remains committed to ensuring a smooth leadership transition. A transition team has been formed to help Jen learn more about the Ballard Food Bank community. Thank you in advance for your support as we take this next step at the food bank. I encourage you to contact me or another board member if you have any questions. We are happy to talk with you.
Please join me in welcoming Jen Muzia!


Sincerely,

Rebecca Butler, Board President, 206-789-4260, on behalf of the Board of Directors

Samantha Woogerd, Vice President
Andrew Weber, Secretary
Julia Weisenburger, Treasurer
David O'Neal, Past President
Ray Pennock, Director Emeritus
Tom Bernard
John Malcomson
Ashley Oster
David Perez
Eric Stoll
Nathan Walker
Kathleen Weber


Transition

February 3, 2014
 

Dear Friends of Ballard Food Bank,

Nancy McKinney announced this week her intention to step down as Executive Director of the Ballard Food Bank in the first half of 2014.  Nancy and her husband have decided to spend more time in their Methow Valley home and she will pursue opportunities that make that possible.  We will miss her dedication, compassion, and resourcefulness.  We wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Nancy and the Board of Directors are committed to ensuring a smooth leadership transition.  Nancy will continue to serve as Executive Director until we find a qualified leader to continue the momentum created during her time at the food bank.  We anticipate that a new Executive Director will be chosen and in place by late spring.  

After the leadership transition, Nancy will continue to support Ballard Food Bank in the areas of finance and development as needed.  We are very pleased that the food bank will continue to benefit from Nancy’s expertise and deep passion for our mission.

The Board of Directors will oversee the executive leadership transition, guided by the food bank’s Succession Plan. We are in the process of forming a search committee and efforts are underway to ensure a thorough candidate search and a smooth transition.  The Board intends to keep the leadership transition process as transparent and inclusive as possible. We will keep the community engaged in the process and informed of our progress.

During the six years of Nancy’s leadership, Ballard Food Bank built a stable and well-respected organization that serves more neighbors than ever before.  We enjoy amazing community support, including the efforts of many dedicated volunteers.  Our staff is engaged and effective in their positions, board members are committed and knowledgeable, and clients feel the food bank is a welcoming place. The food bank is financially stable and sustainable, and has an excellent facility. We are an organization that truly lives our mission to “bring food and hope to our neighbors… because there can be enough for everyone.”  Ballard Food Bank is poised for the future and in a good position to attract an exceptional leader who shares our vision.

Thank you in advance for your continued support as we take this next step in the food bank’s 40-year history.  The board is optimistic about this leadership transition and ready to lead the process.  I encourage you to contact me or another board member if you have any questions or input to share.  We are happy to talk with you. 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Butler, Board President, 206-789-4260, on behalf of the Board of Directors:

Samantha Woogerd, Vice President
Andrew Weber, Secretary
Julia Weisenburger, Treasurer
David O'Neal, Past President
Ray Pennock, Director Emeritus
Tom Bernard
John Malcomson
Ashley Oster
David Perez
Eric Stoll
Nathan Walker
Kathleen Weber