William Carnegie, Feeding America’s 2012 Chief Executive Officer of the Year and president of Community Food Bank Inc. in Tucson, Ariz., for the past eight years, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Carnegie, who has spent the past 22 years in leadership roles at food banks in Michigan, Indiana and Arizona, takes over an organization that serves more than 400,000 people each month through the 400-plus nonprofit organizations Second Harvest works with.
Second Harvest, part of the Feeding America network, was formed in 1980 and in that time has distributed more than 450 million pounds of food to thousands of hungry people in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
“We’re thrilled to have a leader of William Carnegie’s stature joining Second Harvest and helping to fortify our position as one of the most respected non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire,” said Greg Wilkinson, Second Harvest’s board chairman. “With more than 750,000 people in the two counties living under economic disadvantage, our challenge has never been greater.”
Carnegie joins Second Harvest from Community Food Bank, where he had been president and chief executive office since January 2006. He had held a similar role at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana for the previous 12 years. He began his food bank career as director of operations for Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1992.
Carnegie received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University, and masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude. He also participated in the Harvard University Executive Education Program, and has been a faculty associate at Arizona State University.
“We have a serious hunger problem in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and I look forward to working with our partners, donors and people we serve throughout the Inland Empire,” Carnegie said.
Second Harvest also announced the appointment of John Crooks as vice president of operations. Crooks joins Second Harvest from the West Texas Food Bank in Odessa, Texas, where he has been director of operations and programs.
For more information on the Second Harvest Food Bank, please visit: www.secondharvest.us.