(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 11, 2016 – This week, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomed Katie Fitzgerald as the nonprofit’s new Chief Executive Officer.  Fitzgerald succeeds Founder and former Executive Director Rodney Bivens, who retired last month.

“I am so honored and excited to serve as CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma,” said Fitzgerald, who assumed the role as CEO on Nov. 7.  “This is an opportunity of a lifetime.  The Regional Food Bank is one of Oklahoma’s most trusted and beloved nonprofits.  We have a tremendous team, a dedicated and committed board, an incredible network of partners and tens of thousands of donors and volunteers who care deeply about our work.  Rodney Bivens has been and incredible leader, and we will build on his legacy by continuing to work relentlessly to ensure all Oklahomans have access to the food they need to lead healthy, productive lives.”

Oklahoma consistently ranks among the hungriest states in America.  The majority of those served by the nonprofit are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans every week, yet it is not enough.

“I’m committed to advancing our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope,” said Fitzgerald.  “In this great state, children should never have to go to bed hungry and seniors should not have to choose between paying for medicine and groceries.”

Previously, Fitzgerald served as the President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma and was the Executive Director at the Center for Children and Families in Norman, where she led the largest expansion in operating and capital revenue in the agency's history.  She is a proven nonprofit executive leader with extensive experience in the area of child advocacy, child and family services and fund development.  Fitzgerald also served as Director for the Women's Leadership Initiative at the University of Oklahoma and led the Oklahoma Afterschool Network at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.  She has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and earned her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University.

 

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.