For Release: February 3, 2016
Primary Contact: Miriam Pereira, development director, (239) 334-7007 x 127
Cell: (239) 220-7810
Secondary Contact: Mary Wozniak, marketing and communications manager, (239) 334-7007 x 150
Cell: (239) 826-8856
Fort Myers, FL – Richard LeBer has been named the new president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. LeBer will start Feb. 29.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s board of directors selected LeBer after an extensive four-month search that began in October, shortly after the food bank’s longtime president and CEO Al Brislain resigned to lead a sister food bank, Feeding America San Diego, in California and to be closer to his grown children and other relatives.
“Early in its deliberations our CEO search committee concluded that it would not be sufficient merely to hire a great leader,” said Keith Scoggins, the food bank’s board chair. “We needed to find a great leader who was also a good fit for our food bank. As a consequence, the search committee spent considerable effort identifying qualifications and key capabilities needed in the CEO and then developing an ideal candidate profile.
“The committee screened more than 160 resumes against this ideal candidate profile and concluded that Richard was the best fit,” Scoggins said. “The board of directors concurred with the search committee’s recommendation. Our board is excited that Richard will soon be on board.”
LeBer has a long career of community involvement, transformation and impact, with deep experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, particularly food banking, fundraising, board leadership, strategy and operations. LeBer has held numerous leadership positions, including interim executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks, vice president at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and CEO of National Linen Service.
LeBer is on the advisory board of the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Executives in Georgia, past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and former board member of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. LeBer is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Waterloo in Canada. LeBer is married and has two grown children.
“I am honored to have been selected as president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. It is a great institution with a great future. It has led the way in expanding mobile pantries, providing nutritious produce to those who are hungry and feeding children and seniors,” LeBer said. “My wife and I are
excited to come to Florida, to get involved and put down roots, and to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank continue building a community where everyone can prosper together.”
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits and distributes quality food to people in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to 30,000 people monthly. In fiscal year 2015, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 18.4 million pounds of food and other groceries, the equivalent of 15.3 million meals to people in need.
Formed in 1983, the Harry Chapin Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the country’s largest nonprofit anti-hunger relief organization. The food bank is also a United Way partner agency and is ranked a 4-star nonprofit organization by Charity Navigator, the highest rating given by the national watch dog entity.