Who We Are

For over 45 years, the Food Bank—made up of a diverse staff, dedicated Board of Directors and passionate volunteers—has been leading the fight to end hunger.

Executive Staff

Joel Sjostrom
President and CEO since 2019
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Joel joined the Food Bank in December of 2019, just months before the full rise of the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. He led our team through immediate and significant expansion of staff, facilities and food distribution programs to respond to record food insecurity levels created by COVID-19 and crushing wildfires. Under his leadership, the organization was able to serve more people and provide more food than ever before. Building strong teams and increasing organizational capacity has been a strength in Joel’s leadership experience, and his sights are set on expanding the Food Bank’s ability to serve our neighbors in need well into the future.

With a deep personal commitment to strengthening communities, Joel has long been an avid volunteer for various nonprofit organizations, including the Greater Richmond Interfaith Project (GRIP), Hope Lutheran Preschool, Trinity Church Brown Bag Program in NYC, Haitian Foster Home Project and the American Heart Association.

Joel holds a BA in Management and Marketing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A Minnesota native, Joel is a long-term resident of Contra Costa County and resides in El Sobrante with his wife Sherry.

Kim Castaneda, CFRE
Vice President of Development and Communications since 2017
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With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Kim brings expertise and energy to her role as VP of Development & Communications. Kim’s team creates strategies and builds relationships that advance all aspects of the Food Bank’s resource development work to support the mission of ending hunger in our community. Kim is passionate about giving back to her community, and through resource development, she sees opportunities to inspire and enable others to give back as well.

Kim is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a graduate of San Jose State University and holds a certificate from the University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College of Business Executive Leadership Program.

Brian Morrow, CPA
Vice President of Finance since 2021
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Brian is a licensed CPA and experienced finance professional with executive leadership and consulting experience. He has worked with several CPA firms throughout his career and provided specialized support to large and small nonprofit organizations. Before coming to the Food Bank, Brian held the position of CFO & Treasurer for The Reutlinger Community, a nonprofit eldercare organization with skilled nursing and rehab services. Additionally, he currently serves as a board member and finance chair for Kokoro Assisted Living in SF.

He holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree.

Hisham Hamdy
Operations Director since 2013
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Hisham has spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector focusing on human services and hunger relief. Hisham and his team have driven the adoption and implementation of systems to streamline the Food Bank’s operations, allowing food to be distributed more efficiently and equitably across our network. He has also helped lead the Food Bank’s crisis response, including the adoption of new programs and distribution methods to provide food safely and quickly during the pandemic and wildfires.

Hisham is a 2020 graduate of the Feeding America Level-Up! Executive Leadership Development Program.

HuLynne Besharatpour
Finance Director since 2013
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HuLynne has over 15 years of nonprofit accounting and grants experience. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, she worked for over 10 years in the corporate world as a business and HR management professional. She currently serves on the executive board for a Bay Area youth sports organization and an anti-human trafficking organization.

HuLynne has a passion for social justice work and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Holly Neu, MS HRM
Human Resources Director since 2014
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As Human Resources Director, Holly provides strategic leadership in all areas of people and culture management. She joined with a diverse background in the legal, higher education and construction sectors. At a young age, Holly learned that we have a responsibility to serve our community and those in need through countless hours in her grandparent’s garden harvesting fruits and vegetables for donation to the Food Bank.

Holly holds a BA in English Education from California State University, Chico, a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, and a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certification.

Board of Directors

CHAIR: Laura Moran (2016)
Retired, Partner, Prophet

VICE CHAIR: Jill Steele (2020)
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Prophet

Aimee Cassulo (2021)
MPH, Independent Consultant and Healthcare Professional

Tom Chowaniec (2020)
Retired, Regional Manager, General Mills

Rich Golinski (2020)
Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC

Mark Gundacker (2019)
Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff, Metromile

Melissa Jones (2018)
Executive Vice President, Chief HR Officer, CSAA Insurance Group

Marc Lewis (2017)
Attorney, Partner/Co-Founder, Lewis & Llewellyn LLP

Teresa Makarewicz (2019)
Retired, Manager CA Business Coordination, Shell Oil Products US

Bruce Phelps (2018)
Retired, Consultant, BiotecHPro Consulting, LLC

Tanya Powell (2020)
Chief Financial Officer, Total Safety Supplies and Solutions

Tracy M. Tomkovicz (2016)
Owner, Bowl Incline

NOTE: The year in parentheses indicates the year that member was elected to the Board. Board members are all independent voting members.

If you have a question, but don’t know who to ask, contact us at 855-309-3663 (FOOD) or email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll put you in touch with the staff member best suited to answer your inquiry.