Six Months In: Reflections from our CEO

“Starting at Second Harvest just before the pandemic and now having the honor of serving as CEO, I am so proud of how much our organization has accomplished in the relatively short time I’ve been here. It’s been amazing to learn about our operations and witness just how interconnected every step of our process is, revealing the fact that such teamwork is what allows us to provide for the community.

I’ve had an opportunity to experience the ins and outs of working at a large regional food bank— from focusing on external affairs during my time as chief mission officer and now overseeing the entire operation. In this new role, I tend to really evaluate the best use of my time and attention.

Watching the community engage in our work and knowing that these efforts allow us to provide for people and families in need, right here in our own backyard, is one of my favorite parts of the job. I am consistently inspired by the generosity of the people and organizations in this county. From our partners to our employees, to our donors and volunteers, the kind regard and consideration for our neighbors in need is inspiring.

We have weathered so much in the last two years and Orange County has powered through. Whatever may come next, this Food Bank and all those who support it will be here for whoever needs us.”

– Claudia

[July 2022]