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Ms. Catherine D'Amato

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Phone: (617) ***-**** ext. ****  
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The Greater Boston Food Bank Inc
70 South Bay Avenue
Boston , Massachusetts 02118
United States

Company Description: About the Greater Boston Food Bank: The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in...   more

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  • honorary college degree
  • Bachelor of Arts , Theology
    University of San Francisco and Business Management Certificates
  • Bachelor of Arts , Theology
    University of San Francisco and Business
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Catherine D'Amato
DIRECTOR Catherine D'Amato is the President and CEO of The Greater Boston Foodbank (GBFB). She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 32 years, coming to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in 1995. Under her leadership and guidance, GBFB's distribution of food has increased from 8 to more than 50 million pounds of food per year. Today, the organization is an $81 million charitable food business, with 550 agency partners. Last year, GBFB distributed enough food to feed as many as 545,000 people in need. Catherine's passion for ending hunger was instilled by her hard-working father, whose modest restaurant had a policy of feeding hungry people, and whose compassion and generosity still inspire her. Local, regional and national philanthropy matter to D'Amato. She is the Vice-Chair of The Boston Foundation Board of Directors, Founding Incorporator of Horizons Foundation and Founding Co-Chair of the Equality Fund. Her commitment to engaging donors to embrace their giving potential has led her to raise millions of dollars and resources for those in need.
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“We are excited to provide another reason for celebration during this year’s Boston PRIDE events,” said Catherine D’Amato, co-chair of the Equality Fund advisory committee and vice chair of The Boston Foundation board of directors.
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Catherine D'Amato
As President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Catherine D'Amato runs New England's largest hunger-relief organization as an extremely efficient and effective nonprofit food distribution business. Under D'Amato's vision and leadership, The Greater Boston Food Bank has transformed into a nearly $50 million charitable business - an organization that now leads the region in getting nutritious food to more than 600 hunger-relief organizations that annually serve more than 320,000 hungry residents of the nine counties and 190 cities and towns of eastern Massachusetts. D'Amato's work has been recognized with a 2008 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and she was also listed as one of the top 50 most powerful people in Boston in the May 2008 issue of Boston magazine. Her professional activities include serving as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Nutrition Board, on the Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation and the Massachusetts Food Association, and on the board of America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network. She has served on other boards, including the Newmarket Business Association, the Boston Public Market Association, and the Human Rights Campaign. D'Amato earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the University of San Francisco and Business Management Certificates from Harvard University and Smith College.
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Catherine D'Amato
President & CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank
From her earliest memories of visiting her grandparents' farm in Colorado to her current role as President & CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Catherine D'Amato has always found her life to be centered around feeding the hungry. When she was eight years old, her parents-second-generation Italian-Americans-opened a restaurant in northern California, and she was active in helping to run it. "Food has a central position in an ethnic family," she says, "so working with food has always been second nature to me."
The restaurant closed only two days a year-Thanksgiving and Christmas-and these were holidays the family spent together. Catherine recalls taking a drive with her parents one particular Thanksgiving Day. In that pre-self-serve era, her father stopped for gas and slipped the attendant an extra five dollars. When Catherine asked why such a generous tip, her father replied, "No one should have to work on Thanksgiving."
Additionally, when the restaurant was open, no one who was hungry was ever turned away. "If someone came to eat, we fed them," she says simply. "If they offered to wash dishes in exchange for food, the answer was always no."
These were lessons in giving she never forgot.
The concept of a food bank-that is, a central facility where food is gathered, sorted, and then distributed to organizations and individuals in need-intrigued Catherine so much that she left the Council of Churches to join the San Francisco Food Bank, still in its infancy.
At the time, new food banks were opening across the country. When The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts was established, Catherine was invited to join the management team. A singer, composer, and lyricist, Catherine had traveled the country as part of the Youth in Music program and been captivated by the Berkshires. "Coming from California, I'd never seen anything like it," she recalls. "All the lakes and a plethora of green, as opposed to the brown hills and red rocky soil of California. She eagerly accepted the job in a part of the country she had fallen in love with.
Gradually, however, Catherine became convinced that she could do more. She set her sights on Boston, whose food bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest in the country. She joined as President & CEO in 1995.
And Catherine is proud that the food at The Food Bank is "of the highest quality and safer than ever"-always at the top of her priority list.
Behind all the statistics, Catherine sees the faces of the people her agency feeds. "A lot of them are nice people who never imagined they would find themselves at a food pantry-until they lost their jobs and their benefits ran out," she says. She has seen elders who had never tasted yogurt before asking her what that delicious food was that tasted sweet, like ice cream. She has seen a child who had never seen an orange bouncing it like a ball because he didn't know what it was. She has seen ethnic people asking what on earth to do with a Thanksgiving turkey, and sharing with them the culinary traditions of each of their homelands. And she has seen the "pain, shame, and embarrassment" of people who have to come to ask for food.
She also has witnessed the genuine appreciation of those who receive it. "By providing people with food, we might help a family not lose their home this month, or get clothes for their children, or school supplies," she says. "The number-one reason why people work here is our mission."
Extra Helpings Are Always Appreciated
While Catherine has a "great, highly dedicated" staff of 80 handling warehouse operations, development, marketing, food acquisition, nutrition, and more, the organization relies heavily on volunteers to help meet the demand. According to Catherine, there are three key ways that volunteers can support the Food Bank: money, food, and time. "Grand Circle Foundation gives generously of all three," she says.
"But Catherine reminded us that thanks to The Food Bank, two thousand kids a day are eating who didn't eat before," says Harriet Lewis.
"They're very unique, involved leaders," Catherine observes. The Lewises also invited Catherine to join Grand Circle Foundation's Community Advisory Group, a coalition of leaders from the Foundation's long-term nonprofit partners in Boston. As part of that group, she enjoyed engaging with her peers as they sought solutions to common issues.
Challenges remain, however. For The Food Bank, the irony to Catherine is that "there are voluminous amounts of food in this country," as she puts it. "The economy, a death in the family, illness, poverty-there are many reasons why people need it. There's ample food. We should be able to get it to the people who need it."
It is with that in mind that Catherine is unafraid to ask for help for her organization. "I have nothing to lose in this game," she says.
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