CHICAGO, November 12, 2015 – The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international non-governmental organization that creates and supports food banks around the world, is pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Eakman Moon as the organization’s president and chief executive officer. The selection follows an extensive world-wide search and is effective November 30, 2015.
Moon was most recently the vice president of global agriculture and food at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she spearheaded a project that has become one of the leading global contributors to discussions around hunger and food security. Under Moon’s leadership, The Chicago Council partnered with key stakeholders to drive policy action and grow investment in alleviating hunger while highlighting the need to prioritize nutrition, adapt to climate change, and reduce food waste.
Pat Tracy, chairman of the board of The Global FoodBanking Network, expressed excitement about Moon joining the organization as its next president and CEO. “Lisa is a recognized expert in critical areas relevant to world hunger, food waste, and the establishment of food security. In addition, she has demonstrated her ability to rapidly scale an organization,” said Tracy. “Lisa leads with intelligence and passion, and with a strong spirit of collaboration. All of us at GFN look forward to accelerating our progress towards achieving our vision for feeding the hungry with Lisa at the helm.”
“In a world where nearly 800 million people are chronically hungry and public resources for food assistance are severely limited, food banks are playing an increasingly pivotal role in alleviating hunger, and for many people, they are the only reliable source for food,” said Moon. “It will be a privilege to join GFN and work to strengthen and expand its network’s ability to offer life-changing support to those who are food insecure in a way that reduces food loss while advancing nutrition.”
Prior to joining the Council in 2007, Moon worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies, political science, and Spanish from Bradley University. She is on the community board of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, is a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table, and is currently a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.
Moon fills the vacancy created by Jeff Klein’s departure in June 2015. Christopher Rebstock, senior vice president of GFN’s network development department, served as interim president and CEO. Rebstock, retaining his network development role, will continue to provide GFN expertise and network best practices to help establish food banks in areas of need and strengthen food banks already in operation.
About The Global FoodBanking Network
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-governmental organization that alleviates hunger and reduces food waste by creating, supporting, and strengthening food banks around the world, in countries outside the US.
The founder and leader of a thriving network of food banks, GFN works in 34 countries on six continents. The network represents 750 food banks. In Fiscal Year 2015, food banks in the GFN network rescued 1.2 billion pounds of surplus food, much of which would have gone to waste, and provided nearly 1.5 billion meals to 6.5 million hungry people through 28,000 social service organizations.
GFN is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA.