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For over 30 years, ACCFB has been an integral part of the Bay Area’s social safety net. Meet our dedicated leadership team and board of directors, who strive to end hunger in our community.

Executive Leadership

Suzan BatesonExecutive Director
Suzan W. Bateson has been the Executive Director of Alameda County Community Food Bank since 2001.
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Barbara Darrow-BlakeChief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer, Barbara leads fundraising, marketing and community engagement initiatives.
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Bruce ElliotChief Operations Officer
Bruce joined the Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2019 where he oversees programs and operations.
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Allison PrattChief of Partnerships and Strategy
Allison implements the Food Bank’s public policy agenda, which includes working closely with elected officials and their staff to improve programs that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
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Amy Prescott DonovanChief Financial Officer
With 20 years as a finance professional in nonprofit organizations, Amy oversees finance, human resources and information technology planning.
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Directors

Michael AltfestDirector of Community Engagement and Marketing
Michael joined Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2011, managing the Food Bank’s communications efforts for nearly 7 years.
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Elizabeth (Liz) GomezDirector of Client Services
Liz joined the Alameda County Community Food Bank in 1997. She has over 20 years’ experience working directly with low-income communities…
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Deen HasaanDirector of Policy & Partnerships
Leigh IllionDirector of Leadership Gifts
Leigh started out as a case manager working with multiply diagnosed individuals. She has spent her fundraising career working with human services nonprofits throughout the Bay Area,
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Shannon Lee-RutherfordDirector of Annual Fund
Shannon joined Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2004 with fundraising experience from local grassroots political campaigns, public health, housing rights and volunteer programs.
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Erick LovdahlDirector of Operations
Erick and his team are responsible for acquiring, storing and distributing the 34 million pounds of food that will go out to more than 200 partner agencies and direct distribution sites this year.
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Diana MarkleyDirector of Programs
Diana Markley joined Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2019. She has over 20 years of experience working in the Bay Area’s nonprofit sector.
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Mark PhaganDirector of Information Systems
Mindy TranDirector of Finance
Mindy joined the Alameda County Community Food Bank in 1997. She has perfected her accounting skills during the past two decades and has in-depth institutional knowledge.
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Board of Directors

Officers

Beth Strachan, ChairMetropolitan Group
Beth Strachan is a strategist and communicator focused on helping organizations tell their stories and scale their impact.
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Robert Andersen, Vice ChairXperi Corporation
Robert Andersen is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Xperi Corporation.
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Sayed Darwish, SecretaryMcAfee
Sayed Darwish is an attorney with over 20 years of legal and business experience with leading Bay Area technology companies.
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Robin Nebel, TreasurerDrake’s Brewing Company (Retired)
Robin currently works part time as Chief Financial Officer for Drake’s Brewing Company in San Leandro.
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Sara Webber, Network ChairpersonBerkeley Food Network
Sara Webber has worked in non-profit development for the past 10 years, raising funds and awareness for local independent K-8 schools and organizations that support foster children, youth, and families.
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Dawn Willoughby, Past ChairInnovation and Strategy
Dawn Willoughby held the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Clorox Company from 2014-2019.
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Members

C.J. Bhalla Kaiser Permanente Northern California
C.J. Bhalla is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
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Ruben E. CanedoUC Berkeley
Ruben is a recipient of UC Regents and Chancellor’s Full Scholarship and first-generation alumnus of UC Berkeley.
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Ian CastilleCapital Advantage, Inc.
Ian Castille is an Owner and Senior Advisor at Capital Advantage, Inc., an East Bay Wealth Management firm.
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Danielle ColemanVMware, Inc.
Danielle oversees global litigation at VMware, Inc., a leading software company headquartered in Silicon Valley.
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Shannon DatcherBlue Shield of California
Shannon Datcher is Associate General Counsel at Blue Shield of California in Oakland, where she leads the Corporate Law Team …
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Chris GaitherExecutive Coach
Chris Gaither is an executive coach who helps individuals and organizations lead at their best.
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Krista LucchesiMercy Brown Bag Program
Krista Lucchesi is the Director of Mercy Brown Bag Program.
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Chuck ReinhardErnst & Young LLP
Chuck Reinhard is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services practice.
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Eric ReynoldsThe Clorox Company
Eric Reynolds is executive vice president – Household and Lifestyle at The Clorox Company in Oakland …
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Tiffany TaylorGenentech
As a Regulatory Chief of Staff at Genentech — a world-leading biotechnology company headquartered in South San Francisco, CA …
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