Regional Food Bank Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Katie Fitzgerald Joins Nonprofit in Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 21, 2016 – Today, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced that Katie Fitzgerald will become the organization’s Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, November 7.  Fitzgerald succeeds Founder and former Executive Director Rodney Bivens, who retired in October.

“We are so fortunate to have found a candidate of Katie Fitzgerald’s caliber to carry on the Regional Food Bank’s mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope,’” said Marian Moon, chair of the Regional Food Bank’s FoodLink Board and Transition Committee.  “We were committed to finding the right leader who has the passion, drive and commitment to lead the fight against hunger in Oklahoma – and we found that and more in Katie.”

Fitzgerald has served as the President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma for the last year and was the Executive Director at the Center for Children and Families in Norman six years prior, where she led the largest expansion in operating and capital revenue in the agency's history.  She is a proven nonprofit executive with extensive experience in the area of child advocacy, child and family services and fund development.  She 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.  Before moving to Oklahoma, Katie served as Program Director with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the new CEO of the Regional Food Bank,” said Fitzgerald.  “The Regional Food Bank is one of the most highly respected nonprofits in the state and I look forward to working with the Board, employees, donors and volunteers to ensure the legacy left by Rodney Bivens lives on for many years to come. Together, with support from the community, we will continue to help the one in six Oklahomans who struggles with hunger.”

Oklahoma consistently ranks among the hungriest states in America.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans every week.  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. 

During fiscal year 2016, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed 52 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Fitzgerald has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and earned her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. Katie and her husband, Brad Stevenson, live in Norman with their three children, Georgia, Lazo and Gloria.

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

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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