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United Food Bank Of Arizona Appoints Lisa J. Pino as President and CEO
Pino becomes UFB’s Fourth President and CEO in 30 Year History of Organization

Mesa, AZ – The United Food Bank (UFB) Board of Directors and Staff today announced the appointment of Lisa J. Pino as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective November 4, 2013.  Pino joins UFB from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights.

After an extensive national search, UFB selected Pino to replace current President and CEO Robert Evans, Jr. who will retire on December 27, 2013 after 18 years of dedicated service.

 “We are so proud to welcome Lisa into the UFB family.  I know that she will help write a new chapter in our successful 30 years of feeding people in the East Valley and Eastern Arizona,” said Bob Evans. 

“Lisa’s comprehensive experience includes both direct community service as a former Arizonan and national expertise after serving the Administration in Washington as a food policy director and civil rights leader at USDA,” said Bill Warren, Chair, UFB Board of Directors. “She has the vision, passion, and knowledge to steer UFB into a new chapter. We look forward to welcoming her to the UFB community with overwhelming support from the Board, and we are thrilled that she will join us.”

“I am humbled and honored to serve as UFB’s new President,” said Pino. “It was a privilege to serve my country these last four and a half years at USDA. Now I am ready to return to Arizona and apply what I’ve learned to place UFB into its future. My commitment is steadfast and we have a lot of work to do. I am determined to end hunger and amplify access to good nutrition for Arizona.”

Before her appointment as USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary, the Administration appointed Pino as Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, serving more than 40 million Americans. An attorney, Pino represented migrant farmworkers and worked in immigration in Arizona prior to joining USDA, and once served as a community organizer for food service workers in California.

“Since her appointment by President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2009, Lisa fully committed herself at USDA to ensure fairness, justice, and equity for American farmers and families struggling to put food on the table,” said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Dr. Joe Leonard. “She embodies the spirit of public service and is a fearless force for making a difference. We support her new role where she will surely catapult a new history in Arizona’s fight against hunger and obesity.”

Under Pino’s leadership, USDA developed civil rights regulations and policies protecting USDA program participants and employees from discrimination, issued policy guidance on the eligibility requirements for nutrition programs, joined the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to end health disparities among minorities, and established MiPlato to accompany USDA’s MyPlate Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Pino also served the Council for Native American Ranchers and Farmers, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity, and participated in White House public engagement forums including the White House Hispanic Community Action Summits with the U.S. Department of Education.


Pino, a New York native, received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Arizona State University.  In 2013, the U.S.-Spain Council selected Pino for its Young Leaders program in Spain. In 2010, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund awarded her the Brillante Award and inducted her into their Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2008, she completed Harvard University’s Executive Leadership program as a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow.

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About United Food Bank

United Food Bank is a private nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of over 260 partner social services agencies in the East Valley, eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties and southern Apache and Navajo Counties.  Last year, the food bank provided more than 18 million meals to Arizonans in need. United Food Bank receives the prestigious four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, for its efficiency. For more information, visit Find us on Facebook at and follow us on twitter at

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