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.
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.
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.
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.
Program Director since 2021
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Jenny brings a wealth of leadership experience in food retail at national brands including Whole Foods, Panera Bread and Trader Joe’s. Nine years ago, Jenny brought her expertise to the non-profit sector, where she has held leadership positions in multiple food-focused non-profits. Before moving to California, she was a key contributor at the Food Bank of South Jersey (SJFB) for five years. At the SJFB, Jenny held a series of leadership positions with growing responsibility in procurement, operations and programs, most recently as the Senior Director of Operations.
Marketing and Communications Director since 2021
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Krystine has 13+ years of marketing and corporate communications, integrated marketing, and media relations experience and is thrilled to be applying this knowledge to further the Food Bank’s mission to end hunger. In her previous roles, her team was responsible for driving awareness of the mission, cross-channel promotion, and evangelizing the corporate narrative and reputation. Most recently, she held the position of Vice President of Integrated Communications for Better Place Forests, the company that founded America’s first conservation memorial forests. Prior to that, she held several marketing leadership roles as Director of Communications & PR at travel and expense company, TripActions, and the Director of Communications at global mobile app and data company, data.ai (formerly App Annie). Krystine is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds a B.A. in Political Science.
Board of Directors
CHAIR: Laura Moran (2016)
Retired, Partner, Prophet
VICE CHAIR: Jill Steele (2020)
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Prophet
Jenny Berten (2022)
College Health Nurse, Saint Mary’s College of California
Aimee Cassulo (2021)
MPH, Independent Consultant and Healthcare Professional
Tom Chowaniec (2020)
Retired, Regional Manager, General Mills
Keva Dean (2022)
Eligibility Work Supervisor, Contra Costa County
Rich Golinski (2020)
Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC
Mark Gundacker (2019)
Head of People, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Melissa Manke Fimbres (2022)
Director, Technical Services, Valero Energy Corporation
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
Ryan Misasi (2022) Executive VP, Retail Banking, Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central CA
Bruce Phelps (2018)
Retired, Consultant, BiotecHPro Consulting, LLC
Tanya Powell (2020)
Chief Financial Officer, Total Safety Supplies and Solutions
Gretchen Tai (2022)
Vice President, Investments, CSAA Insurance Group
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.