Conversationalist: Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

Community FoodBank of New Jersey – President and CEO

A recognized voice against hunger and addressing the needs of the working poor, Carlos devoted twenty-two years to improving policies and delivering services to all in need. A South Bronx native, he has an in-depth understanding of poverty and a profound appreciation of the impact of human service. Currently, his focus is on bringing individuals, corporations, community groups, and government together towards a better future for the 1.2 million New Jerseyans who struggle with hunger. He works to simultaneously increase distribution of nutritious food while helping to address the root causes of hunger and connect working poor families with resources to help them earn a sustainable living. Carlos holds an MS in Urban Policy and Not-for-Profit Management (Milano Graduate School, New School), a BA in Sociology (College of the Holy Cross) and a Not-for-Profit accounting certificate (NYU). Previously Executive Director of Fulfill, he has also held high-level positions at the Food Bank For NYC, the Children’s Defense Fund of NY, the Community Food Resource Center, served on various community advisory boards/ strategic planning committees and as Treasurer of the Eastern Region of Food Banks. Married, with two terrific sons, Carlos enjoys coaching the boys’ soccer teams, watching soccer, cooking and eating healthy.

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