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Governing Council
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Catherine D’Amato
H2HC Governing Council Co-Chair, President and CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank

A tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 40 years, Catherine D’Amato founded the Hunger to Health Collaboratory in 2018 and assumed the leadership of The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in 1995. During her tenure, she has transformed GBFB into a $180 million charitable business and increased GBFB’s distribution from 7.5 million meals a year to more than 82 million healthy meals this past year. She has grown GBFB’s network to include nearly 600 partner food pantries, meal programs, and direct distribution sites across the 190 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

Under D’Amato’s guidance, GBFB has risen to the unprecedented challenge of responding to the surge in hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distributing nearly 100 million pounds in 2020 to GBFB partner agencies that report serving over double the number of people in need. In 2021, GBFB marked its 40th anniversary since its incorporation while also distributing its 1 billionth pound of food which was accelerated by D’Amato’s leadership through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Karen Mitchell
H2HC Governing Council Co-Chair, Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President of Marketing, Stop & Shop

Karen Mitchell serves as the Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President of Marketing at Stop & Shop. She provides strategic leadership in the repositioning of the 100+ year-old grocery brand to deliver on the company’s vision of providing a seamless omnichannel customer experience. Karen leads the teams responsible for brand marketing and strategy, creative, digital marketing, loyalty, external communications, and community giving. Karen joined Stop & Shop in January 2018 as Vice President, Brand Marketing Strategy & Planning.

Prior to Stop & Shop, Karen spent 20+ years leading multiple marketing teams at Welch Foods, Inc., the iconic Concord grape cooperative. Her experience spans general management for the juice and jelly portfolios, integrated communications, public relations, insights, and innovation. She also led a multiyear, strategic cross-functional bottle redesign project that benefitted multiple stakeholders including operations and consumers with its improved quality, simplified labeling process and improved shelf pack out for grocery retailers.

Karen has a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Bentley University. She was raised in Chelmsford, MA, where she lives today with her husband Greg and their dog Percy. Greg and Karen enjoy food, travel, and spending time with their two grown children, Jenny and Brian.

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Tim Ritchie
H2HC Governing Council member, President and CEO, The Museum of Science

As the president of the Museum of Science, Tim Ritchie’s goal is to inspire and enable people to succeed in a world driven by science and technology.

Since 2004, Ritchie has served as the president of science centers across the country including McWane Science Center and the Tech Interactive, where he has followed his passion to serve his community with a vision to galvanize the public’s appreciation of the role science plays in our daily lives and the opportunities it can stimulate in us all.

A lawyer by training, Ritchie has spent his career creating opportunities for people to maximize their potential through learning. After years helping to defend people on death row and working in a poverty law clinic, he left his law practice to create education programs in Birmingham, Alabama, and later led a non-profit in Louisville, Kentucky, that serves adults with disabilities.

Ritchie received his B.A. from Davidson College, his J.D. from Duke Law School, and his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Advisory Council
McKinsey & Company
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Nicolene Hengen
H2HC Executive Director

Nicolene Hengen joined the Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC) as its first executive director in July 2021. Prior to joining H2HC, she served as the director of community benefits for three hospitals in Beth Israel Lahey Health’s south region. Her career has been focused in domestic and international public health and higher education, including work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Pathfinder International, and others.

Nicolene is an alumna of LeadBoston and a long-time community volunteer. She founded an award-winning nonprofit, Roslindale Green & Clean, focused on renewing neglected public green spaces in her Boston neighborhood. As a Friend of the Roslindale Library, she liaised with the city and the Boston Public Library to help guide the recently completed branch library renovation process. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MSPH from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.