The Maryland Food Bank, the largest charitable food provider in Maryland, has announced that Beth Martino has been named its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Martino will be responsible for the entire operation of the 37-year-old food bank, which has an annual operating budget of $78 million and a staff of more than 130 employees across Maryland.
“During her time with the food bank, Beth has provided the leadership needed to support the organization in its shifting focus on implementing leaner, more effective operations,” said Maryland Food Bank Chairman Peter Rosenwald II. “Beth brings a unique skill set and invaluable experience to this position, and she has the full support of the Board. We all believe she is the right person to lead the organization and ignite the movement to end hunger in our state.”
Martino joined the Maryland Food Bank in October 2014 as executive vice president before taking on the role of interim president and CEO earlier this year. During her time with organization, she has overseen all aspects of internal operations, including food sourcing and distribution as well as program creation, human resources, finance, marketing, and philanthropy. She has also been instrumental in creating an infrastructure that now allows the organization to make smart, data-driven decisions.
“I am honored by the board’s willingness to entrust in me the opportunity to lead this great organization,” Martino said. “The food bank has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, and I look forward to working closely with all those connected to the organization so that we can effectively serve an even greater number of food-insecure Marylanders for years to come.
Prior to joining the food bank, Martino was vice president of public affairs for the American Health Care Association, where she provided advice and counsel to executive leadership on communications while cultivating and managing the association’s public affairs team. In addition, Martino previously served as associate commissioner for external affairs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and was director of communications and press secretary for Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Martino has a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Washburn University in political science and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.
About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day — nearly 44 million meals annually — the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, click here.
Source: Maryland Food Bank