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.
has relentless compassion for those she
serves and galvanizes others in the corporate and civic communities to partner for an important cause.
Ms. D'Amato has been a tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 25 years.
She assumed her leadership position at The Greater Boston Food Bank in 1995 after heading up the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and, before that, the San Francisco Food Bank.
Under Ms. D'Amato's vision and leadership, The Greater Boston Food Bank has been transformed into a nearly $63 million charitable business, an organization that now leads the region in providing nutritious food to nearly 600 hunger-relief organizations.
These agencies annually serve more than 394,000 - and possibly as many as 545,000 - hungry residents of the nine counties and 190 cities and towns of eastern Massachusetts.
The Greater Boston Food Bank
distributes more than 31 million pounds of food and grocery products annually.
Ms. D'Amato currently serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Food Association, and Basic Health International.
She was named vice chair of the Boston Foundation's board of directors in 2009.
She also serves on the Pinnacle Leadership & Team Development Advisory Board and is a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Simmons College, and UMass Boston.
has in the past served as a board member of Feeding America
, the Massachusetts Nutrition Board
(as co-chair), the Newmarket Business Association
, the Boston Public Market Association
, and the Human Rights Campaign
Ms. D'Amato has received numerous honors and awards for her leadership role in the fight to end hunger, including, in 2009, the first ever Community Service Award given by the Massachusetts Food Association; a 2008 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Newbury College; "Woman of Influence in the Food Industry" from the Griffin Report; the "Women's Business" Hall of Fame, Non-Profit/Professional; the New England Women's Leadership Award; the Paul Tsongas Award for Community Service; the "Heroes Among Us Award" from the Boston Celtics; and the "Hunger's Hope Award" from Feeding America.
was also listed as one of the top 50 most powerful people in Boston in the May 2008 issue of Boston magazine and was profiled in the magazine's June 2009 issue.
Ms. 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.