Beaudreau comes to the position with nearly 40 years of experience in human service work, including more than 20 years of leadership in food banking and hunger related service organizations at the state, national and international levels.
Most recently Beaudreau was Executive Director of Serve Rhode Island, connecting thousands of volunteers with hundreds of nonprofits and schools in the state. In addition to directing a volunteer center serving 14,000 Rhode Island volunteers, he administered a $2 million annual grant involving up to 300 AmeriCorps volunteers each year. He developed statewide volunteer recruitment campaigns and grew the organization’s Board of Directors from eight to 23 active members.
Prior to joining Serve Rhode Island, Beaudreau was Vice President of Development with The Global FoodBanking Network in Chicago, Illinois, which supports the development of food banks and national food bank networks in 14 countries. He developed grant proposals to major U.S. corporations, philanthropists and private foundations.
For 11 years, Beaudreau was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, where he steadily grew the base of financial donors, increased donations by more than 600%, tripled food distribution and managed the relocation of the food bank to a state-of-the art facility. Beaudreau spearheaded initiatives to raise awareness of the issues of hunger and poverty and organized Rhode Island’s first-ever Childhood Poverty Summit.
Before leading the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Beaudreau held three positions of increasing responsibility in resource development roles at Boston-based Oxfam America, the international relief and development agency.
Beaudreau’s experience also includes resource and development roles in education and community development.
In making the announcement, Connecticut Food Bank Board Chair Alex Hutchinson said, “Bernie has a combination of experience and commitment to mission that will help the Connecticut Food Bank continue its leadership role in the fight against hunger.”
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitably donated food. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide enough food last year to prepare more than 18.5 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to more than 300,000 people across six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.