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Seeking New ED, Broadening Food Justice Work

We're excited to announce the search for a new executive director as current Executive Director MaryAnn Martinez transitions to focus on food policy and justice.

Though resigning as Executive Director, Martinez will remain involved with CFI programming, sharing her expertise in community networking and support through further development of recent key initiatives such as Nourishing Networks and the Root to Seed food justice podcast.

Since joining the CFI team in April 2019, Martinez has increased the organization's financial stability, invigorated the Board of Directors, facilitated organizational leadership restructuring to build internal equity and strengthen staff development, and launched new programming to further community resilience and food justice. Martinez’s passion for CFI’s mission has always been apparent in her work. She has focused on fund development internally at the organization and externally through support of local businesses, but has also been a strong advocate for empowering community members to lead conversations about regional food equity.

Perhaps most notable during her tenure, CFI rallied with other local organizations to meet the needs of southeast Ohio communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, CFI distributed almost 133,000 pounds of nourishing, locally-sourced food, hosted 843 hours of volunteer service, distributed 34,000 pounds of seed potatoes, served over 1,200 families through seed and plant start giveaways, invested over $50,000 in the local food economy, supported 66 Community Garden plots, and reached over 600 students with School Gardens programming. Thanks to strong leadership and collaborating with community partners, CFI’s work in 2020 not only continued without interruption, but in some cases exceeded 2019 numbers by as much as 75%.

Martinez recently completed her doctorate degree from Antioch University Midwest in Leadership and Change, clearly applying her studies to her work as executive director. She will continue to bring her passion and expertise to CFI through supporting the programming above, and will also take this work to other regions in the US where she has been invited to expand her justice work with new partners.  

“It’s been an absolute honor to serve as executive director at CFI alongside an amazing staff and countless dedicated community leaders,” says Martinez. “While I will deeply miss my role as executive director, I am excited to continue working with a great team to hone in on food policy and food justice work. This transition will allow me to focus more specifically on the passion I have for policy and equity issues both at CFI and with a host of new partners.”

CFI is now seeking a new executive director to lead the organization’s work in new and exciting approaches to regional food justice. Recruitment for a new executive director will begin April 19 with applications considered through May 3 or until the position is filled.

“MaryAnn has been an incredible leader for CFI over the past two years,” says Ruth Dudding, CFI’s outgoing Board President and director of community health and engagement at Athens City-County Health Department. “We are so thankful for MaryAnn’s service to CFI as our director and look forward to this exciting new chapter in her life. The Board of Directors is excited to find the next highly qualified candidate to expand the great work at our organization.”

Applicants interested in applying for the executive director position and furthering the mission of CFI can send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Joe Barbaree at Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm. For questions call 740-590-4886.

View the ED position description here, and while you're visiting our website, check out our newly elected board officers here

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