Food Bank Names New Executive Director

Courtesy photo Houts

The Alameda Food Bank’s board of directors named Alameda resident Cindy Houts the new executive director for the food bank recently. According to outgoing executive director Troy Gilbert, Houts brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to the position.

For the previous seven years, Houts was executive director of Alameda County Meals on Wheels, where she had overall strategic, financial and operational responsibility for staff, activities, expansion and execution of the mission.

Houts previously volunteered for the food bank, has been a rider/fundraiser for the AIDS/LifeCycle,

and coordinated volunteers for Rebuilding Together Oakland.

"I know from volunteering at the food bank and my work at Meals on Wheels, how critical feeding people is." Houts said. "I am honored to be a part of the Alameda Food Bank in its positive and vital work and to help grow its impact."

Cindy replaces Gilbert, who is moving on from the food bank as of July 4 to meet family obligations in Texas. "I am so sorry to be leaving such a wonderful organization — so well supported by our community, our volunteers, and our board. It makes me feel better, however, that I am leaving the foodbank in such capable hands," he said.

The Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the low-income residents of the City of Alameda. The Alameda Food Bank is a private, non-affiliated, non-profit, tax-exempt agency. Its day to day operation is run by over 150 volunteers.