Operation Food Search Names New Executive Director
Kristen Wild has nearly 25 years of development and advocacy experience
By: Operation Food Search
In this position, Wild will be responsible for overseeing all agency services ranging from emergency food distribution and childhood nutrition to advocacy programs and nutrition education. She will play a major role in continuous fundraising efforts and innovative team development, as well as cultivating donor and community relationships. Wild also will ensure sound financial practices, supervise the organization's policies and procedures, and maintain ongoing communication with board and team members.
Wild joins OFS after serving as Executive Director at the Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association where she increased annual revenue from $45,000 to $1.9 million in five years. She previously worked in numerous capacities for various advocacy and education environments including Autism Speaks, Sylvan Learning Centers, and St. Louis Public Schools.
"We are excited to welcome Kristen to our organization, and we look forward to watching her take the lead in establishing new partnerships and bringing additional community resources to our agency," said Lisa Pelikan, Chairperson of Operation Food Search's Board of Directors. "Like her longtime predecessor Sunny Schaefer, Kristen is a true leader who will skillfully guide us into the future while maintaining our mission to eliminate food insecurity."
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. The agency helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of which are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties.
Operation Food Search is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch.org.