Diana Aviv Steps Down as Head of Feeding America

Diana Aviv Steps Down as Head of Feeding America

Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the nation, has announced that CEO Diana Aviv has resigned, effective immediately, for personal reasons.

In 2015, Aviv left Independent Sector after twelve years as its president and CEO to become the head of Feeding America. Last week, she told the Chronicle of Philanthropy that her decision to leave the organization was largely personal and cited extensive travel as one of the factors in her decision; though Feeding America is based in Chicago, Aviv continued to live in Washington, D.C. In an earlier interview with the Chronicle, Aviv said she would work to block and mitigate government policies that might hurt the hunger-relief organization's mission. And she continued to urge nonprofits to address the changing nonprofit environment, both in terms of demography and technology, or risk being ending up on the "ash heap."

"I am very excited about the possibilities," she told the Chronicle. "This is a very challenging time for the charitable sector. There are so many ways to add value....But my deep, deep commitment is to social justice."

With Aviv's departure, Keith D. Monda, chair of the organization's board of directors, has assumed the role of executive chairman on an interim basis. "Feeding America has an extraordinary group of leaders who will step up to fulfill the organization's mission and our new strategy," said Monda. "We will use this period of transition to advance the important work we do in communities across the country."

"Feeding America Announces CEO Transition Process." Feeding America Press Release 01/05/2018. Megan O'Neil. "Feeding America CEO Diana Aviv Leaves Abruptly." Chronicle of Philanthropy 01/05/2018.