Randi Shubin Dresner
President & Chief Executive Officer

Randi Shubin Dresner has been a catalyst for progress in the human service sector for over five decades.

She joined Island Harvest Food Bank in 2001 as the vice president of fundraising, and a short time later became its president and CEO. Under her direction, Island Harvest has increased its distribution of food, products and services to help people in need by over 500%.

Randi leads a team with a shared vision of a hunger-free Long Island. Their work concentrates on tackling real-life issues by investigating and addressing root causes of poverty, hunger and food insecurity, resulting in actionable, innovative programs. The team continues to strengthened its network of community-based agencies, instituted equity-focused services, upgraded nutrition policy guidelines, and programming to emphasize nutrition-focused education and outreach. In addition, Island Harvest Food Bank has formed robust advocacy efforts to advance its work, developed a Workforce Skills Development Institute, and manages an organic farm, a greenhouse, and Giving Gardens across Long Island. The organization successfully launched a capital campaign in 2016 resulting in Island Harvest’s recent purchase of a food
collection/distribution and network services center in Melville, NY.

Randi serves as an affiliate member of the New York State’s Hunger and Food Policy Council, the College Council at Farmingdale State College and the Nassau Community College Foundation Board. She has also serves on the Suffolk County Food Policy Council, The Long Island Food Council, Charity Navigator’s Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders, and the Advisory Disaster Response Council for Feeding America®. Randi is an alumnus of The Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, served as Co-Chair of the State University of New York (SUNY) Task Force on Food Insecurity on the College Campus and chaired the Advocacy Committee for Feeding New York State. Randi was an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University and Molloy University for 25 years and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Joseph’s College in 2013.

She serves as the host of CONVERSATIONS with Randi Shubin Dresner, a podcast focused on highlighting the “good” in our communities and critical regional and national issues. She is a regular contributor and guest speaker on the business of operating a nonprofit, managing crisis planning, programming for the human service sector and specialized topics such as “people-first” terminology and more.

Before joining Island Harvest Food Bank, Randi was a partner in a fundraising and development consulting firm, and made her mark at several nonprofit organizations, including the Heckscher Museum of Art, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Viscardi Center, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A lifelong Long Islander, she and her partner share four adult children and four incredible grandchildren.

Island Harvest Food Bank Executive Team



Board of Directors

Board Chair – Daniel S. Grinberg
President
Elara Brands LLC

Vice-Chair - Jill Bernstein
Community Leader

Vice-Chair - Barry Chandler
General Manager
Nissequoque Golf Club

Treasurer – Stephen J. Juchem
Executive Vice President & CFO
First Long Island Investors

Secretary – Don Sussman
Community Leader

Frank Beyrodt
Executive Vice President
DeLea Sod Farms, Inc.

James P. Bonner
President
New York & Atlantic Railway Company

Rebecca D'Eloia
Executive Vice President
RXR Development Services

Christine Going
Senior Advisor
Veterans Health Administration

S. Zaki Hossain
President
Pintail Coffee Inc.

Tariq Khan
President
Sentar Enterprises

Kishore Kuncham, EdD
Superintendent of Schools
Freeport School District

David C. Lyons
Interim President & COO
PSEG - Long Island

Honorable Ignatius “Nate” L. Muscarella, Esq.
District Court Judge
District Court, Nassau County

Douglas Nadjari
Partner
Ruskin Moscou Faltischeck PC

Hon. Elaine R. Phillips
Nassau County Comptroller

Stuart Richner
President & CEO
Richner Communications, Inc.

Deb Salas-Lopez, MD MPH
SVP, Community & Population Health
Northwell Health

Ellen Sanders
Community Leader

Ross Turrini
Chief Gas Operation Officer
National Grid

Ross Turrini
National Grid
Chief Gas Operating Officer

Dave Widmer
Vice President/Long Island - Brooklyn
a4 Advertising

Larry Eisenstein, MD, MPH, FACP
Vice President and Chief Public & Community Health Officer
Catholic Health - Long Island

Tarik Stewart
Regional Vice President of Operations
Stop & Shop


Advisory Board Members

Lee Heit Beck, Esq.
Chair
Attorney at Law PC

Rabbi Mickey Baum
Director of Education
Temple Beth Am of Merrick & Bellmore

John T. Bauer, Esq.
Office Managing Shareholder
Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Leslie Hall
Halls Carpet Inc.

Tarik Stewart
Regional Vice President of Operations
Stop & Shop

Loretta Sehlmeyer
Community Leader

James Skinner
President
A & C Exterminating Corp.

Lauren Summa
Manager for the Training, Events and Operations Team in the Office of the President and CEO at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Andrew J. Turro, Esq.
Partner
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein

Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, MPH, FACP,
Vice President & Chief Public and Community Health Officer
Catholic Health

Honorary Board Members

Linda Breitstone
Founder, Island Harvest
Island Harvest

Jay Bernstein
Manager
NIC Sustainable Investments LLC

Rabbi Marc Gellman (Retired)
Community Leader

Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman
1946-2016
Past Board of Directors Chairman

 

Steven A. Klar
President
The Klar Organization

Bob Nystrom
Score Credit Processing
Partner

Mark Rechler
President
Build 360

Arthur Waldbaum
Community Leader

THE MONSIGNOR THOMAS HARTMAN PRESIDENTS COUNCIL

Seth Asofsky
Community Leader

Michael Babich
Community Leader

Edward J. Fred
Community Leader

Sandi Nussbaum
Community Leader

Marc Tell
The Sam Tell Companies

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