Margarette Purvis leads Food Bank For New York City, one of the country’s most robust food banks having served over 1 billion pounds to New Yorkers in need. In this role, Ms. Purvis leads and oversees the strategic vision for all of Food Bank’s operations, philanthropy and programming, including the organization’s citywide food distribution system and member network of more than 1,000 charities and schools. In addition, Ms. Purvis, who has more than 20 years of experience in services to our nation’s most vulnerable, was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to chair the New York State Anti-Hunger Task Force, where she led development of recommendations for better coordination of hunger relief services and policy across the state. Ms. Purvis has also been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to advisory boards for the New York City Children’s Cabinet and Community Schools. She was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the New York Business Journal and named to the NonProfit Times’ 2014 Power and Influence Top 50, a national list of leaders in the nonprofit sector.
Ms. Purvis is a board member of the James Beard Foundation and a proud member of Links, Incorporated and Women’s Forum of New York.