Alameda Food Bank seeking new director

Alameda Food Bank seeking new director

Michele Ellson

Outgoing Alameda Food Bank Executive Director Hank Leeper. Contributed photo.

The Alameda Food Bank is once again seeking a new executive director. Hank Leeper, who was hired to helm the food bank in May 2011, is leaving at the end of this month.

“He’s done a great job for us, and we’re sorry to see him go,” said Anna Crane, president of the food bank’s board of directors.

Leeper and his wife are moving to Boulder, Colo., he said, to pursue a host of outdoor activities. He said his departure will be bittersweet.

"It’s been a great ride here at the food bank. I’ve been very, very happy with the job itself, and the people I’ve had the honor of working with," Leeper said. "I'm impressed and thankful to the people of Alameda for their amazing support. This two and a half years at the food bank has been a blessing and a fantastic opportunity for me."

Crane said the board is evaluating resumes it’s received for the position and that she’s hoping to announce a new director in a few weeks. The food bank’s longtime project manager, Samantha Kahn, will take the lead on operating the food bank until a new director is put in place.

“We’re taking this slowly because we want to get the best possible person. And we’ve got some great candidates,” Crane said.

Leeper, a 13-year Alameda resident and onetime food bank volunteer who served two decades in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent another six years as a project manager for Lockheed Martin, bested 84 other candidates for the director’s job.

The food bank, which has been serving Alameda since 1977, is based on Thau Way and has a warehouse on Alameda Point. It provides food to thousands of Alameda residents with the aid of a pair of paid staffers and more than 100 volunteers.

Crane said Leeper has done some advance work to prepare the food bank to serve Alameda in the months to come.

“Hank’s done a lot in advance to make sure we’re ready for the holiday season,” she said.