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Former Gates Foundation CEO Will Lead Martha’s Table

From Joey Gavrilovich. Email him at joey@borderstan.com


Martha’s Table on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Now in it’s 34th year of service in the 14th Street community, Martha’s Table, founded in 1980 by Jesuit priest Horace B. McKenna and Georgetown University professor of sociology Veronica Maz with $93 cash on hand, has hired Patty Stonesifer as its next president and CEO.

Stonesifer was previously appointed in 2010 by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions, and in 2012, she completed her term as the Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents.

In the 10 years prior, she was the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, which reported a $36.2 billion asset trust endowment in September 2012.

Patty Stonesifer will begin her work as the President of Martha’s Table on April 1, 2013.

“Patty brings unprecedented potential to Martha’s Table which is critical because the organization has never been more needed by the community,” said board chair Cathy Sulzberger. “Patty has a demonstrated commitment to service, experience tackling complicated issues, and the ability to engage the community in creative problem solving.”

“I look forward to getting to work – and we have a lot to do,” Stonesifer said. “One in three children in the District experiences hunger, and the past few years have left many families with great instability. Martha’s Table is working to make sure our community’s children and families have access to the basics — food, clothing and education. The amazing network of staff, volunteers, donors, and partners are absolutely phenomenal; and together, we can make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors and our city’s children.”

Martha’s Table reported just over $6 million in financial and in-kind support in 2011. The organization helps more than 1,100 people a day by addressing community needs through food and clothing programs, and works to find sustainable solutions to poverty based in education and family support services.

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Gavrilovich has lived in the Borderstan area since 2008. In 2011, he left the global think tank job that brought him here and went to work full time serving coffee at Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street. It was there that he developed a deeper appreciation for the surrounding community as well as an active curiosity about its future direction. Gavrilovich now works in the Logan Circle area for one of DC’s well-respected human service organizations, where he supports homeless and low-income women in their search for gainful employment and educational fulfillment. Find Joey on Twitter @joeygDC. Email him at joey[AT]borderstan.com.

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