Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen Hires Gisela B. Bushey as Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Loaves and Fishes Media Contact: Madeline Martin, maddy@loavesfishes.org

San Jose, CA, March 5, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen is excited to announce the hiring of Gisela Bushey as Executive Director. After a thorough 6-month executive search, that started with over 100 candidates, Loaves and Fishes is confident that we hired the right person for the job.

“Gisela brings an incredibly strong and varied set of skills to this position, and exceeded our expectations of what we were looking for in our next Executive Director.  With extensive experience in both the non-profit and corporate philanthropy sectors, a demonstrated passion and commitment to serving the most vulnerable in our community, and the insights we were looking for to advance the hunger relief needs of our clients, the Board of Directors and I are certain that Gisela will successfully lead Loaves and Fishes forward for many years to come,” said Board Chair Dan Barsanti.

Gisela served for more than 20 years in non-profit management positions, including Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and The Housing Trust Fund.  Most recently, Gisela served as SanDisk Corporation’s Director of Foundation and Community Relations from 2010-2016, focusing global philanthropic and employee engagement activities around hunger relief, K-16 and STEM education and health and welfare for vulnerable populations; and was an Encore Fellow with the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Office of Strategic Partnerships from 2016-2017.  

“Gisela’s extensive organizational development and fund raising experience and hunger relief experience, which included working closely with Bay Area community agencies - including Loaves and Fishes - were what appealed to us the most,” says Barsanti.  “She is able to hit the ground running, and lead innovative and collaborative efforts to build upon the great work of serving over a half a million meals annually to hungry families, children, seniors, students, the homeless and veterans that Loaves and Fishes has been providing for 38 years.”

Gisela has garnered the respect and reputation as one of Silicon Valley’s most transformative community leaders.  She is a Silicon Valley Business Journal 2017 Women of Influence Award recipient, Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Practitioner of the Year, and Women’s Innovation Network’s 2015 Leadership Award winner.

Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen has a long-standing reputation as a community leader in food insecurity/hunger relief and community engagement.  They have expanded their program model to become the only program that prepares, serves and delivers hot, nutritious meals to vulnerable populations from Gilroy to South San Francisco, CA. Working through two meal service sites in San Jose, and providing meals to over 30 partner non-profit organizations serving individuals, families, children, seniors, homeless and veteran populations, Loaves and Fishes will provide over 500,000 meals this year.

“I am delighted to join the Loaves and Fishes family,” says Gisela. “Building meaningful food security and safety net services for our neighbors in need resonates very deeply with me, and I am ready to take on the challenge of leading Loaves and Fishes into their fourth decade of service and beyond.”  

About Loaves and Fishes:  Since 1980, Loaves and Fishes has fought hunger in the California Bay Area by providing food security to those who need it most.  Nothing can start until hunger is stopped.  Loaves and Fishes provides over 1,500 hot nutritious meals a day to low-income, disadvantaged families, children, seniors, the homeless, veterans and students at their two meal service sites and to more than 30 non-profit partner organizations providing services throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  All services are provided free of charge, and to anyone in need.

Loaves and Fishes has received Second Harvest Food Bank’s Innovative Partner Award, Silicon Valley business Journal’s Community Impact Award, and Commendations from the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, the City of San Jose and the California State Senate.