New Food Bank CEO Announced
PITTSBURGH, July 25, 2012 – The Board of Directors of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) today announced that its Chief Operating Officer Lisa A. Scales has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jermaine Husser who announced his plans in June to relocate back to the South. Ms. Scales will assume her new post as CEO on August 1.
A longtime advocate for issues of hunger, poverty and social justice, Ms. Scales joined GPCFB in 1996 as Supervisor of its Green Harvest program operations. In 2002, she became the Food Bank’s Chief Program Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007.
In her most recent role, Ms. Scales was responsible for daily operations of the Food Bank, as well as volunteer programs, agency relations, nutrition services and procurement and marketing of product to member agencies. She was instrumental in the development of GPCFB’s new strategic plan. Previously, she was Director of the Women’s Leadership and Organizing Project, School Breakfast Organizer and Field Supervisor for Just Harvest. Ms. Scales began her career as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago and worked as an associate in a Greensburg law firm. She earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Social Sciences from Seton Hill College.
In addition to her work at GPCFB, Ms. Scales has been active in the Community Food Security Coalition, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and served as Treasurer of the Eastern Region Association of Food Banks. She participated in disaster relief efforts on behalf of Feeding America by assisting with food distribution in the wake of the 9/11 disaster in New York City, and in Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ms. Scales is a Board Member of the Wilkinsburg School District and serves on the Grant-making Committee of the Three Rivers Community Foundation. She has been active in numerous professional and community boards.
“Lisa Scales has been one of the underlying strengths of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s success in recent years, earning her the respect and confidence of our Board in promoting her to the position of CEO,” said Matt Swider, GPCFB Board President. “A humanitarian by nature, Lisa has dedicated her career to support those living with hunger and poverty. Her management experience and passion for the cause will continue to serve the Food Bank’s mission well throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Commenting on her promotion to CEO, Ms. Scales said, “There is an ever- growing need to help the hungry in our own back yard, and our plans focus on continued development of GPCFB to meet these demands in a challenging economy. We are grateful to all of our agency’s partners, volunteers and the support of individuals, foundations and corporate donors to help fulfill our mission. It is a privilege for me to serve along our dedicated staff in this capacity.”