January 6, 2020
Koya partnered with Feeding America on its search for an inaugural Chief Network Officer to join its Executive Team.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with annual revenue of $2.7 billion. The organization is a nationwide network of 200 food banks, which distribute food through 60,000 partner food pantries and meals programs. Together, the Feeding America network provides more than 4 billion meals to more than 40 million people across the United States and supports programs that improve food security for the families they serve. Feeding America reached this milestone by investing in creative food sourcing strategies and expanding partnerships.
Koya’s work led to the recruitment of Kathryn Strickland to the role.
As Chief Network Officer, Strickland has the responsibility of integrating and coordinating the delivery of core and customized services to member food banks.
Strickland joined Feeding America from the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, where she served as Executive Director. During her tenure, Strickland led the agency’s expansion of four new initiatives including grocery deliveries for seniors, healthcare partnerships, free summer lunches for children, and the launch of a mobile grocery store.
Strickland earlier served as the Executive Director for the Food Bank of North Alabama, where she led efforts to distribute 8 million pounds of food annually to the 11 counties the nonprofit serves. Strickland had previously served as the organization’s Community Food Security Director.
Prior to her work in hunger relief, Strickland acted as the Executive Director of LIFT Housing and directed three affordable housing programs.
Strickland holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College. She earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Strickland also attended the Strategic Perspectives Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.