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Column: Food Bank names new COO to implement 10-year strategic plan

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2016

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has named Stacey Greene-Koehnke as its new chief operations officer.

Greene-Koehnke, who will begin her position on Oct. 24, will help the ACFB implement its ambitious 10-year strategic plan to provide 130 million meals per year by 2025, an increase of 130 percent. That includes 50 million pounds of fresh produce a year.

Stacey Greene-Koehnke

Stacey Greene-Koehnke

“This is an opportunity for me to use my corporate skills and apply them to a nonprofit,” Greene-Koehnke said in a phone interview Oct. 12. “A lot of people are a little jealous of me. It’s a great way to feel like I’m contributing in a really valuable way.”

Greene-Koehnke has spent 25 years in the corporate world in the area of supply chain management to improve customer service. She began her career with Procter & Gamble, and then she joined The Coca-Cola Co., where she spent most of her career. Most recently, she has been associate director of global supply chain logistics operations for Kimberly-Clark.

ACFB, in addition to adopting a new strategic plan, also unveiled a new logo featuring a hand holding a peach — with a tagline “End Hunger. Grow Stronger.”

Kyle Waide, president and CEO of ACFB, said Greene-Koehnke has the expertise to fulfill the nonprofit’s strategic mission to increase the distribution of its food, including fresh and nutritious offerings. “Stacey has more than 20 years’ experience with several world-class organizations in all aspects of supply chain management,” Waide said. “More than that, she is a true servant leader who in only can take our work to another level, but also can blend with our culture.” The search firm Boardwalk Consulting was involved in her recruitment.

CDC Foundation hires new COO

The CDC Foundation has hired Monique Saunders Patrick as its new chief operating officer, overseeing the Foundation’s finance, human resources, legal and information technology functions.

“Monique’s experience will be invaluable to us as we continue to build on our strategy and internal structure in support of the important work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, in a statement.

Monique Patrick

Monique Patrick

Patrick brings to the CDC Foundation more than 25 years of experience in finance, operations and administration management. She most recently served as the chief finance and administrative officer for the Points of Light Foundation.

Prior to this experience, she served as managing director of finance and operations at the American Cancer Society; in director-level roles in several functions at BellSouth; as a senior business planner and project manager at PepsiCo Inc.; and in financial positions with IBM Credit and Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Group.

Patrick received her bachelor of arts degree in finance/business administration cum laude from Howard University and her masters of business administration from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

She currently serves as a board member for the Elaine Clark Center in Atlanta. Previously she served as a board member and vice chair of ROOTS Adoption Agency and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Robert Franklin and Emory University

Emory University President Claire Sterk has appointed Robert M. Franklin as her senior adviser.

Robert Franklin

Robert Franklin

Franklin, the inaugural James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, brings a broad portfolio of academic leadership and faculty experience to his newest Emory appointment.

“We are lucky to have someone with Robert Franklin’s expertise, wisdom, and perspective at Emory,” Sterk says. “He is a valuable resource in helping us reach Emory’s ambition to make stronger connections to the Atlanta community and to build both excellence and inclusion across the university.” Franklin served as the 10th president of Morehouse College.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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