Central California Food Bank Board Announces Natalie Caples & Kym Dildine as Co-CEOs

FRESNO, May 27th 2020 – Central California Food Bank (CCFB), the Central Valley’s largest hunger-relief organization, today announced that the Board of Directors have promoted Natalie Caples (COO) and Kym Dildine (CAO) to co-CEOs.

Caples will continue her work as COO by overseeing Programs and Operations and will now take the lead on Policy and Advocacy. Dildine will continue her work as CAO and will now be the organizational lead on Donor Relations while continuing to manage Human Resources, Accounting, Communications, and Development.

Caples has served as Nutrition Education Coordinator, Programs Supervisor, Programs Manager, and Director of Programs since joining the nonprofit in 2008, and most recently served as the Chief Operations Officer since 2016. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Business Administration.

“I am overjoyed to be given the opportunity to lead an organization that provides such a basic human need to our neighbors and broader community,” said Caples. “Having seen the impact of our services firsthand, I know how important our work is, and there is nowhere else I’d rather commit my time, energy, and passion.”

Prior to joining the food bank in 2012, Dildine was the Director of Development at Easter Seals, Central California. She graduated from Pepperdine University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, followed by a Masters of Business Administration also from Pepperdine. Dildine was the Director of Development until 2016, when she was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer.

“I am honored and excited to lead this amazing organization in this new capacity as co-CEO. Our dynamic leadership styles and working relationship will help make an even larger impact in the fight against hunger here in Central California,” says Dildine.

“CCFB and our community are incredibly fortunate to have our co-CEOs at the helm. Their expertise, skills, experience, and passion make them uniquely qualified to lead our food bank to the next level,” says Board Chair Dr. Julie Olson-Buchanan.

With a deep personal commitment to strengthening communities, Caples and Dildine are both dedicated to moving the food bank to a new and innovative capacity. The dynamic duo believe that food is connection, community, and sustenance, and CCFB will continue to work on the front lines to ensure that no one is worried where their next meal is coming from.

The new co-CEOs take over from long-time CEO Andy Souza who has moved on to Immanual Schools in Reedley.

  • Such a wise decision to have 2 talented and experienced leaders over this important organization.

  • Great job, really appreciate your work Natalie , please continue to share your time with the community.

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