Mariah Murrell Joins the Food Bank as Vice President
In support of our mission to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities, the Food Bank is thrilled to welcome our new Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), Mariah Murrell!
Mariah joined the Food Bank in April, bringing to the Food Bank’s leadership team nearly a decade of experience in working to help businesses and institutions address challenges surrounding EDI. She began her professional journey as a K-12 educator and immediately noticed firsthand the inequities associated with various aspects of the nation’s educational systems. This led her to seek ways to challenge structures that marginalize members of underrepresented groups. Mariah has collaborated with dozens of organizations to help drive strategic initiatives related to EDI and has a passion for helping organizations discover ways to become more culturally competent, globally aware, social justice-oriented, and inclusive for all stakeholders.
“We’re very excited to have Mariah join our leadership team,” said Peter Werbicki, President & CEO of the Food Bank. “We recognize our organization’s vital role in improving equity and diversity in the way we serve and how we partner with the community. The Food Bank is committed to combating racism, and we are grateful to have Mariah’s expertise to help guide us in this journey.”
To quote the late Rep. John Lewis, Mariah’s mission, both personally and professionally, is to “…Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” In her role as VP of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Mariah is integral to the Food Bank’s current strategic planning process, ensuring that EDI is a foundational aspect for all forward planning in the work to end hunger. She will be working closely with the Human Resources team to develop protocols around and improve the Food Bank’s core values with a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
We’re very excited to have her on board!