Exciting announcement – Meet our new CEO

From Food Bank Board Chair

Dear Food Bank friends,

I am delighted to announce the selection of Joel Sjostrom as our new President and CEO. We conducted an extensive nationwide search, and are so pleased that a person with Joel’s breadth and depth of experience will be joining us to lead the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano into a bright future.

Joel comes to us with decades of leadership experience in which he has demonstrated a record of success delivering consistent revenue growth, building team collaboration, and developing strong teams.

Joel shares: “This is an incredible opportunity to combine my passion for community service and blend it with my professional business experience to grow this incredible organization. I can’t think of a better place to do this than at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. For over 40 years, the Food Bank has been a leader in the fight to end hunger. I am very honored to join this great team.”

In partnership with our dedicated board, staff, and volunteers, Joel will undoubtedly be a great leader for the Food Bank. We’re thrilled to welcome Joel to the community and I hope you will join me in making him feel at home here. You will have the opportunity to meet him very soon — and he is excited to meet you!

Joel takes over from long-time Executive Director Larry Sly who is retiring after dedicating his career to helping people in need. Larry has created a significant legacy of achievement over the past four decades. We are so grateful for Larry’s dedication and service.

Tracy Tomkovicz
Food Bank Board of Directors, Chair