President and CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Catherine D'Amato has been in the food business since her Italian-immigrant father opened a restaurant when she was eight. She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 36 years, coming to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in 1995. Under her leadership and guidance, GBFB's distribution of food has increased from 8 to more than 54 million pounds of food per year. Today, the organization is an $87 million charitable food business, with 550 agency partners. Last year, GBFB distributed enough food to feed more than 500,000 people in need.
D'Amato's passion for ending hunger was instilled by her hard-working father, whose modest restaurant had a policy of feeding hungry people, and whose compassion and generosity still inspire her. She believes people have a right to food, and that letting them go hungry is simply wrong. This drives her vision for GBFB, to End Hunger Here by increasing healthy food distribution to provide at least One Meal a Day to those at risk of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.
D’Amato currently serves on the board of directors of the Forsyth Institute, New Market Community Partners, the Massachusetts Food Association and the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation. She has recently ended her board service with the Boston Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Basic Health International.