Food & Friends, the D.C.-area nonprofit organization that provides prepared meals and nutrition counseling to individuals suffering from life-threatening illnesses like cancer and HIV, has named Carrie Stoltzfus as its new executive director.
Stoltzfus, a 15-year veteran of Food & Friends, will take over the reins of the nonprofit on Jan. 1, 2019, following the scheduled departure of longtime Executive Director Craig Shniderman at the end of 2018.
“Carrie brings a passion for our work, deep concern for our staff, volunteers, clients and donors, and respect for everyone who is part of the Food & Friends family,” Peter Glassman, the president of Food & Friends’ board of directors and the head of the search committee. ” Her commitment to diversity and inclusiveness reflects values that are at the heart of this organization. Carrie lives these values and champions them on every occasion. Her connection to Food & Friends is not a mere handshake, but is an embrace.”
Stoltzfus was chosen by the board as Shniderman’s successor following a nationwide search, in which the board was aided by consultants from Russell Reynolds Associates, who screened more than 100 applications. After meeting with several outstanding candidates, the board determined that Stoltzfus’s experience and first-hand knowledge of Food & Friends gave her an advantage over others, and officially selected her on Sept. 13.
Stoltzfus, a longtime District of Columbia resident, holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and currently serves as the organization’s deputy executive director of programs and public funding.
In that role, she leads the team in client services, volunteer services, nutrition, kitchen and groceries, and delivery services. She also oversees Food & Friends’ government funding and contractual relationships with health insurance companies and medical providers — both of which have seen significant growth and innovation under her watch.
“I have seen first hand the change that a Food & Friends meal, a friendly face at the door, or a call from a dietitian can make in the life of a person battling disease,” Stoltzfus said in a statement. “I am excited to take on this new opportunity as Food & Friends continues to fill an essential role in our community, and as it evolves, to work in lockstep with the broader public health sector to serve even more of our Washington area neighbors.”