Cat Cvengros packed her belongings and relocated to the Silicon Valley, ready to serve a larger population and combat a problem bigger than she ever fought against: hunger.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties hired Cvengros as the new VP of Development & Marketing on Feb. 27.
Cvengros moved from Santa Rosa where she worked as the chief development officer for Social Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth with housing, counseling and career training.
“This felt like a natural transition to me,” Cvengros said. “I was really looking to move to an organization that a strong impact and strong leadership, and I found it here at Second Harvest.”
Second Harvest partners with 320 organizations around the Peninsula and has 12 partners based in Mountain View. The nonprofit recently launched its Stand Up For Kids campaign, a multi-week effort focusing on ensuring local children have enough on their plates.
Second Harvest’s goal for the fiscal year is to raise $37 million dollars. But for Cvengros, quantity does not trump quality.
“One of the reasons I was excited to come to Second Harvest was not because they just want to serve more people, but because they want to serve people in a healthier way.”
Cvengros said she is excited to live in Silicon Valley and to begin a new chapter in her life.
“I’m looking at poverty in a much larger way. (In my previous job) I was really focused on homeless young people. Hunger covers homeless people and working families as well as students and children, so it’s a much bigger picture,” she said.