FIND Food Bank appoints new CEO

Debbie Espinosa stepped into her new role today.

Debbie Espinosa

INDIO, Calif.- - FIND Food Bank has officially named its new President and CEO, according to a news release first sent to CBS Local 2. Debbie Espinosa will serve in the Bank's most executive role, starting in her new position today. 

“Our Board of Directors is very excited to have a new CEO on board,” stated FIND Board Chair Deborah McGarrey in the release.“Her experience with Feeding America and familiarity with food banking will build on our solid foundation and help FIND Food Bank continue to grow in serving the community.”

Espinosa touts quite the charitable resume; her previous job was as the Associate Executive Director of the Downtown Oakland YMCA, where she helped oversee a 70,000-sq-ft facility which generated a yearly revenue of $6.4 million. Her qualifications are further bolstered by an impressive volunteer background; she currently serves on the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Board of Directors and is the immediate past president of the National Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals. 

Espinosa may be a Bay area import, but she's plenty familiar with FIND. A decade ago she worked for Feeding America as a development manager for their southwestern U.S. Sector and had plenty of experience working with the food bank, and its last CEO, Lisa Houston. 

“I could tell then that FIND — and the Coachella Valley — was a special place," Espinosa states in the release. "I am thrilled this opportunity brings me to my next home in a community that is so supportive of the food bank’s vision of a hunger-free zone across this beautiful valley.”

FIND's regional network distributed over 10 million pounds of food in 2017. On average each month, 85,000 people receive some form of food assistance from FIND. 

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