Randi Shubin Dresner has served as president and chief executive officer of Island Harvest Food Bank since 2001. Her work at Island Harvest has raised awareness of the insidious, yet often unrecognized problem of chronic hunger on Long Island along with other important societal issues.
Randi’s grasp of hunger and related issues has established her as the “go-to” source for the national, local and regional media, government officials and the region’s thought leaders on issues relating to hunger, poverty and as an advocate for people in need. Randi has been an adjunct faculty member at CW Post, LI University and currently Molloy College since 1990. She sits on the Suffolk County Food Policy Council, and was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Farmingdale State College Council in 2013 for a seven year term. Randi was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from St Joseph’s College, and she is a member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a regional ethical leadership academy.
Her work has been recognized with myriad honors including being twice named as one of Long Island’s “Top-50 Most Influential Women in Business” and “Outstanding CEO” by Long Island Business News and was presented with the 2013 “New York State Woman of Distinction Award” by Senator Kemp Hannon and the 2010 NY State Assembly’s Woman of Distinction Award, by Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt. She was The Herald Community Newspapers’ 2012 Person of the Year and is an often requested speaker at notable business, governmental and community audiences. Randi Shubin Dresner has given commencement keynote addresses at SUNY Farmingdale State College and St Joseph’s College, two of LI’s prestigious institutions.
Her professional career spans more than 35 years in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Island Harvest Food Bank, Randi was a partner in a consulting firm and made her mark at several national and local nonprofit organizations including the Heckscher Museum of Art, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Viscardi Center, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Randi Shubin Dresner resides in her native hometown of East Meadow.