Announcing Our New Leader

We are very happy to announce the selection of Debra Vizzi as our new President and Chief Executive Officer, following a nationwide search to replace retiring founder Kathleen DiChiara.

Vizzi comes to CFBNJ from VIP Community Services, where she has served as its President since 2009, leading the 500-employee agency in providing social services to those living in poverty in The Bronx, New York.  Vizzi has dedicated her career to helping vulnerable and underserved clients.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University, and her bachelor’s degree from the State University College at Buffalo.

Vizzi, who will assume her new position on September 14th, says, “My selection as CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey was a humbling day for me.  The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has a lasting legacy of creating life-changing experiences for those we serve.  Our impact is great, but our communities are hungry for us to do more.  I join the movement with a cadre of professionals who mobilize a collective impact to end hunger.”

Josh Weinreich, Chairman of CFBNJ’s Board of Directors, says, “We are very excited that Debra Vizzi will be leading the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  She has a dynamic track record and a deep respect for the remarkable history of this organization.  We are confident CFBNJ will benefit greatly from Debra’s impressive knowledge and experience, coupled with her passionate commitment to those we serve.”

That is echoed by retiring President and CEO Kathleen DiChiara, who says, “With the hard work and dedication of countless people, we have built an extraordinary organization over the past four decades.  I know that Debra will be an excellent steward of what we have created, and will help guide CFBNJ in the years to come as it reaches even more of our neighbors in need.”

In addition to being a widely sought-after speaker on issues including poverty and child welfare, Vizzi was recently honored with a 2015 New Jersey Humanitarian Award from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Monmouth County, and received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the State University of College at Buffalo, which invited her to be the convocation speaker.

Welcome, Debra!