The Food Bank Welcomes, Bob Rilling-Smith!

Please join us in welcoming our new Legislative Advocacy Associate, Bob Rilling-Smith, to the Food Bank family. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. He brings over seven years of experience in public policy and advocacy in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

We sat down with Bob for a quick Q&A session, so you could get acquainted with the newest member of the Food Bank’s advocacy team.


What excites you the most about working for the Food Bank?

I had the honor of working on a political campaign in 2020, and being able to hear people’s stories and experiences was incredibly motivating. Now at the Food Bank, I am lucky to have a similar experience with the added benefit of pursuing specific policies that have a tangible, real impact on our community members’ lives. It’s very exciting!

What’s the best part of your job?

This one is easy! I love working together with members of our community in pursuit of ending hunger; the environment gives me so much energy every single day!

Have there been any surprises so far?

Yes! I am continually amazed by not only the scope and scale of the Food Bank, but also the efficiency as well. I come from the private sector, and I can tell you, the private sector could stand to learn a lot from how the Food Bank operates so efficiently.


Favorite movie?

A tough one, either The Terminator or Terminator 2—I go back and forth depending on which one I’ve seen last! Also, anything with Tom Cruise!

What’s on your podcast list?

This is a snowballing list…My list right now: “Morning Joe,” “The Ezra Klein Show,” “Pod Save America,” “Hell & High Water with John Heilemann,” “The Bulwark with Charlie Sykes” and “Hacks on Tap”.

What’s the best book you read in the past year?

“Black Reconstruction in America” by W.E.B. Du Bois.

What is your favorite TV show?

Of all-time? The West Wing. My favorite show that’s currently running is Billions on Showtime.

What do you do for fun?

I’m from Cleveland, OH and I love baseball so you can usually catch me watching the Indians during the summer. I also enjoy hiking and losing to my wife in tennis!

Favorite vacation spot?

Ixtapa, Mexico—the beach town where my wife and I were married.


Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the morning, decaf tea in the afternoon.

Kindle or paperback?


People Magazine or The Economist?

The Economist.

You can contact Bob at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 925-791-1965.

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