Our Mission : Executives & Board
The Board and Executive Team of The Greater Boston Food Bank bring skill and passion to our mission. They come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, and are leaders in both the business and nonprofit communities of eastern Massachusetts.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Catherine D'Amato has been in the food business since her Italian-immigrant father opened a restaurant when she was eight. She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 36 years, coming to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as Executive Director in 1995, and named President and CEO in 1997. Under her leadership and guidance, GBFB's distribution of food has increased from 8 to nearly 54 million pounds of healthy food per year. Today, the organization is an $87 million charitable food business, with 550 agency partners, and a state-of-the-art food distribution warehouse in the heart of Boston. Last year, GBFB distributed enough food to feed as many as 500,000 people in need and provided more than 42 million healthy meals.
D'Amato's passion for ending hunger was instilled by her hard-working father, whose modest restaurant had a policy of feeding homeless and hungry people, and whose compassion and generosity still inspire her. She believes people have a right to food, and that letting them go hungry is simply wrong. This drives her vision for GBFB, and frames her message to government, business and community leaders. "Hunger can be solved," she says. "It will take social and political will, greater awareness and sustainable resources."
With the support of GBFB's dedicated board and team, and the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers, D'Amato is leading the implementation of a new and ambitious strategic plan, to End Hunger Here, that will increase food distribution by enough to provide at least One Meal a Day to those at risk of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.
"Achieving that goal will require everyone to play their role in ending hunger in our community," continues D'Amato. "With our member hunger-relief agencies already working beyond their capacity to meet the region's growing hunger problem, GBFB is expanding its partnerships, and collaboration with public and private partners to provide healthy food to those in need."
"New models are evolving to meet ever-increasing needs," she concludes. "GBFB is expanding our capacity, growing the volume of healthy foods, working in innovative and collaborative ways with partners and supporters to drive greater impact and close the meal gap. We will do what we have to do to End Hunger Here."
D’Amato currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Eastern Bank, Board of the Massachusetts Food Association, the Forsyth Institute, the New Market Community Partners and the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation. She is an Emeriti Board Member for the Boston Foundation and Feeding America. D’Amato is also a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Simmons College, UMass Boston, UMass Amherst and Boston University.
She recently concluded service with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Boston Foundation the Massachusetts.
Click here for Catherine's complete biography.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Carol Tienken has been Chief Operating Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank since 1999. Prior to joining The Food Bank, Tienken was at Polaroid Corporation in Domestic and International Marketing for 18 years. She also was an employee member of the Polaroid Foundation for five years, working on grant responses for the Boston-Area Community Committee. She serves on the board of directors of the Newmarket Business Association and is an active member of its Issues Committee. Tienken grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa as the daughter of an American diplomat and received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and MSJ in Magazine Editorial from Northwestern University.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
David Noymer joined The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as Chief Financial Officer in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, and Human Resources. Prior to joining GBFB, Noymer served as CFO for several different service sector companies for over 20 years. Most recently, he was CFO at Accounting Management Solutions. Previously, he served as CFO at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Information Mapping, and Clinical Data. Noymer also served as a Director for the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International from 1999 – 2001. He was elected Chair of the CFO Steering Committee for Feeding America for a two year term starting in 2016. He earned a BSBA in Accounting from American University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Noymer is a CPA in Massachusetts.
The Greater Boston Food Bank is fortunate to be guided by a dedicated and generous board of directors who are devoted to our mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.
Woody Bradford, CFA, Chair
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Conning
Former Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Partner, The Baupost Group, LLC
M.W. Sam Davis
President, Davis Advisors, LLC
Vicary M. Graham
President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management New England
Former Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
Executive Director, The Open Door
Kenneth Lee, Treasurer
Senior Vice President and CFO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mass Bay
Vice President, Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston
President, Stop & Shop/New England
Vice Chairman and Chief Banking Officer, Eastern Bank
President, Cornerstone Wealth Management
Philanthropist & Community Activist
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson O'Hare Company
Chief Information and Operations Officer, MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Chief Executive Officer, Roche Bros.
Joanna Travis, Clerk
Travis & Company
Trudi Veldman, Vice Chair
Senior Director Biologics, AbbVie Bioresearch Center
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Christopher P. Flynn
President, Massachusetts Food Association
Director of Marketing and External Communications, Stop & Shop/New England Division
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
Kip Tiernan (1926-2011), nationally recognized pioneer and advocate for the provision of housing and food to those in need. Read more here.
Dr. Allen Hamdan, Chair
Vascular Surgeon,, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Tamara Baer
Associate, McKinsey & Company
Peter Bakkala, PhD
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Boston Scientific Corporation
Professor of Accounting, MIT Sloan School of Management
Vice President, The Interface Group
Commercial Insurance Advisor and Nonprofit Practice Leader, Eastern Insurance
Dr. Vin Gupta
Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Matt Goehlert, Kitchen Cabinet
Vice President, Institutional Sales, FactSet Research Systems
Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer, State Street
Karen Holmes Ward
Director of Public Affairs and Community Services and Host and Executive Producer, CityLine WCVB-TV5
Regional Executive, New England, BNY Mellon
Monica Lewis, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Beacon Trust Company
Professor, Babson College
Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group
Executive Vice President, Fidelity Investments
General Auditor, Tufts Health Plan
Chief Financial Officer, Fidelity Biosciences
Owner, Rialto, Trade
Founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Executive Chairman of Alkeus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk Construction
Massachusetts State Treasurer
Chris Flynn – GBFB Board of Directors, Massachusetts Food Association
Arthur Ackles, Roche Bros. Supermarkets
Jon Burnham, Hannaford Supermarkets, Inc.
Mark DeMichaelis, Olivia’s Organics
Bill Devin, Wakefern Food Corporation
Todd Drickel, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Kevin Griffin, The Griffin Report
Lori Hall, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Mark Hintlian, Leavitt Corporation
Anthony Hubbard – GBFB Board of Directors, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C.
Don King, Acosta Sales & Marketing
Barry Milanese, Costa Fruit & Produce
Chip O’Hare – GBFB Board of Directors, Johnson O’Hare Co.
Chris Reisner, Kayem Foods, Inc.
Kimberley Rose, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
John Scuccimarra, Shaw’s Supermarkets & Star MarketsDavid Siegel, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
Ashley Viveiros, Walmart Stores
Stacy Wiggins, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
Mary Anderson - Family Pantry Corp.
Sr. Joyce McMullen and Edna Bates - Project Care and Concern
Linda Sottile - Franklin Food Pantry
Fabrizio Bordo - Elliot Community Human Services (ECHS)
Michelle Burch - Hebron Food Pantry Inc.
Kathy Casaletto - Community Supper Inc.
Beth Chambers - Catholic Charities/Boston
Joe Consalvo - Hyde Park Food Pantry
Sue Gabriel - Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, Inc.
Kathi Garrison - ERSCC/Quincy Crisis Center Food Pantry
Rev.John Hopkins - Lighthouse Christian Ctr. Food Pantry/Bethany Gospel Food Pantry
Phyllis Horsley - Grant AME/ Self Help
Julie LaFontaine - Open Door Food Pantry & Meal Program
Mae Lang - Full Gospel Tabernacle Food Pantry
Joyce Lonergan - St Anthony Shrine/Franciscan Food Center
Yvonne Mitchell - Church of God/Roxbury
Sue Morong - Women's Lunch Place
Jack Nolan - Pine Street Inn
George Paiva - Annelle Delorme Hagerman Food Pantry
Bill Pye - Sacred Heart Outreach Pantry /Middleboro
Dick Rogers - MHSA/Bristol Lodge
David Andre - American Red Cross
Brenda Swain - Falmouth Service Center
Lyndsay Haight - Our Neighbor's Table Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
Paul Yates - Hope House Inc