FLINT — With a vision focused on food security for all, Kara Ross will lead the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as its president and chief executive officer.
Following its national search beginning in February, the FBEM Board of Directors approved the search committee’s recommendation May 18.
Ross, who was serving as interim president, has a 20-year history with the Food Bank.
“We wanted the best and brightest to lead the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan,” said Board Chair Claude High. “After reviewing resumes from a posting shared through multiple outlets, including the Feeding America Network, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and nonprofit job boards, we know we found the best person for the position in Kara Ross. Her compassion and commitment to our mission is unmatched.”
The search committee, co-chaired by High and incoming Board Chair Dr. Julianne Princinsky, worked with Human Resource Management Services on a national search that netted 163 candidates for consideration.
The committee then narrowed the group to those who were selected for phone interviews and conducted in-person interviews with the finalists in mid-May. All candidates were put through the same process. Kara Ross was selected as the candidate who had the formal education, practical leadership experience and strong community relationships to lead the organization, and she accepted the job.
“I thank the search committee, Board of Directors, our generous supporters and the community for their confidence in me,” said Ross. “My commitment to help individuals and families struggling with hunger is unwavering. I look forward to strengthening relationships with our partner organizations and donors as we strive toward a day of food security for all.”
Ross is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising and a master’s degree in business administration. She was instrumental in working with the Food Bank’s Board of Directors and community partners in renovating the Hunger Solution Center. She recently served as chair for the community-based resource recovery workgroup that helped shape the Community HELP Centers and other nutrition-related efforts during the Flint water crisis.
Ross resides in Davison with her husband, Scott, and daughters, Abbey-Lyn and Rachel.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan distributes nearly 29 million pounds of food annually through a network of more than 415 partner agencies in 22 counties. With a regional approach, the Food Bank works with local non-profits to provide meals and innovative programming to address food insecurity. The Food Bank is part of the Feeding America Network and has received a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator. — G.G.