The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger in our community by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families by actively participating in a coordinated response to people in need.
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland has announced the selection of Jennifer Scofield, MA, CHES, as its new executive director. Jennifer fills the position previously held by the organization’s founding executive director, Dana Irribarren, who served the community in this position for over 30 years. Dana passed away in October 2015.
The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, led by the Hunger Network Board of Trustees appointed Search Committee.
“Hunger Network' s Board of Trustees is pleased to have recruited Jennifer as our next leader,” said Mike Teichman, Board President. “Jennifer brings rich working experiences with Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland governments, public health and health and wellness promotion.”
Jennifer has nearly 30 years of experience and leadership in city, county, state, and federal government agencies as well as non-profit service in organizations such as at Cleveland Reads, the YMCA, and American College Health Association. Before joining the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland as its new executive director, she was consulting on community health projects after leaving the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office where she worked for over four years to develop and manage CountyStat, a performance measurement system, designing special projects in community health and for Lake Erie, as well as directing efforts in regional collaboration.
She holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Maryland at College Park, with an interest in community health and public health policy; is a Certified Health Education Specialist; and was an adjunct instructor at Cleveland State University where she taught classes in Community Health Education. Jennifer is a native of Northeast Ohio and currently resides in the Ohio City neighborhood in Cleveland.
“I am thrilled to join the Hunger Network as its new Executive Director and look forward to working with the Board, staff, and community partners, Jennifer shared.” The Hunger Network has long been a leader in fighting hunger and will continue that role.”
The Hunger Network makes a place for everyone at our table. A place at the table means access – access to nourishment, wellness and community.