Longtime Goodwill Orange County Executive Nicole Suydam has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, one of the region’s largest food distribution agencies for the working poor and the elderly.
Suydam was development and public relations manager for Second Harvest in the late 1990s before ultimately joining Goodwill in 2003 where she has worked for nine years. Most recently she served as vice president of development for Santa Ana-based Goodwill. Named by OC METRO business magazine in 2011 to its prestigious “40 Under 40” list of rising county executives and professionals, Suydam said it has “been a dream of mine” to run an Orange County-based non-profit.
“I am looking forward to going back to an organization that I love as much as Goodwill,” Suydam told OC METRO in an email. “This opportunity is truly a perfect for me.”
Second Harvest is one of the region’s most well known and successful food banks in the region partnering with more than 470 organizations, churches, senior centers and shelters. With its corporate offices on the former El Toro Marine Air Base in Irvine, Second Harvest serves nearly 250,000 meals per month to the county’s working poor, single parents, the elderly and those experiencing medical emergencies, among others.
Suydam is spending her last week at Goodwill and starts at Second Harvest on April 30. Suydam departure comes on the heels of longtime Goodwill CEO Dan Rogers, who recently retired to spend more time with family. New Goodwill President and CEO Frank Talarico, Jr. took over less than two months. He is reportedly evaluating the management structure of the organization. Goodwill is one of the largest non-profits in Orange County with more than 900 employees and an annual operating budget of $78 million.
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