Susan Sanford–Memphis

Susan Sanford has been executive director of The Food Bank since 1992 and was recently named President and Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure, The Food Bank has grown from a distribution of five million pounds in 1992 to more than 10.4 million in 2006. A tireless champion on behalf of hungry people and a leader in the fight against hunger in America, Sanford served on the board and as vice chairman of America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Locally, she is one of the founding members of the Safety Net Collaborative, a group of nine agencies that provide emergency social services. She also serves on the advisory board of the Mid-South Commission on Aging. She is a past president of the Memphis Rotary Club and former member of the Metro Board of YWCA. Sanford is a former chairman of the board of directors of United Way of Greater Memphis. Prior to joining The Food Bank, she was vice president of the Memphis Arts Council and, prior to that, development director of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Honors include Volunteer of the Year from the Memphis Volunteer Center, the Commercial Appeal’s Thousand Points of Light Award, Women’s News "50 Women Who Make a Difference" and the Ellida Sadler Fri Award for Leadership from the YWCA of Greater Memphis. Her never ending commitment to ending hunger makes her an ideal Hunger Champion.