EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WHYHUNGER

NOREEN SPRINGSTEAD

SENIOR CO-DIRECTOR OF U.S. PROGRAMS

SUZANNE BABB

SENIOR CO-DIRECTOR OF U.S. PROGRAMS

LORRIE CLEVENGER

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

JOY CURTIN

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Sharon Damelio

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

DEBBIE DEPOALA

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MOVEMENTS PROGRAM

Betty Fermin

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MOVEMENTS PROGRAM

KRISTEN WYMAN

Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty

Hillary Zuckerberg

CO-FOUNDER AND AMBASSADOR

BILL AYRES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WHYHUNGER

NOREEN SPRINGSTEAD

Noreen Springstead serves as executive director of WhyHunger—a 45 year-old global organization working in over 30 countries to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food, by providing critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. Noreen started with the organization in 1992 as a front desk assistant and quickly worked up the ranks. Each day, she fights in solidarity with the millions of people around the world facing food insecurity. Noreen brings a unique and visionary approach to solving the hunger crisis, seeking to implement systemic change to tackle the root cause of hunger and build social justice for all.

Noreen’s vision guides WhyHunger’s programmatic, philanthropic and marketing strategies. Under Noreen’s direction, WhyHunger has established successful partnerships with diverse companies such as Hard Rock International, Entercom New York, SiriusXM and ASCAP among others. As part of WhyHunger’s signature program Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, Noreen has built long-term relationships with notable artists including Bruce Springsteen, Yoko Ono Lennon, Carlos Santana, their management and record labels, resulting in millions of dollars of support for WhyHunger and its the community-based partners.

Noreen is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a BA in Political Science. A lifelong leader and learner, Noreen completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Course Leadership, Organizing and Action and a course at the University of Notre Dame Non-Profit Business Excellence Continuing Education Program.

Noreen is frequently called upon as a thought leader to discuss the hunger crisis and was named one of the most powerful female changemakers by SHAPE magazine in 2019. Noreen uses her platform to challenge the dominate narrative about hunger and its solutions and has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, WCBS Newsradio 880 and The Record among other outlets.

SENIOR CO-DIRECTOR OF U.S. PROGRAMS

SUZANNE BABB

In partnership with Senior Co-Director, Lorrie Clevenger, Suzanne develops and oversees the implementation of WhyHunger’s domestic strategies: Transforming the Emergency Food System, Black Food Sovereignty and Labor and Economic Justice. Suzanne helps to convene and support regional and national networks and alliances of emergency food organizations working to ensure the right to food by addressing the systemic inequities resulting in hunger and poverty. Additionally, Suzanne supports the growth of BIPOC led food sovereignty organizations, networks and alliances by mobilizing resources and providing technical support to aid in the creation of legislation, infrastructure and institutional structures grounded in equity and justice. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada Suzanne has many years of experience working on community development projects within the English-speaking Black community of Montreal on issues of education, employment and health. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Suzanne was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Get Healthy Harlem website at the Harlem Health Promotion Center. Suzanne is a member of Black Urban Growers, an organization of volunteers committed to building community support for urban and rural growers and nurturing collective Black leadership, and an urban farmer at La Finca del Sur Urban Farm, a Black and Latina women led farm, in the South Bronx. She holds a BS from Concordia University and an MPH from Columbia University.

SENIOR CO-DIRECTOR OF U.S. PROGRAMS

LORRIE CLEVENGER

Lorrie helps connect, build, and support the expansion and collaboration of US-based networks, alliances, and social movements organizing for and creating new legislation, infrastructure, and institutions grounded in equity and justice. In partnership with Senior Co-Director, Suzanne Babb, Lorrie develops and oversees WhyHunger’s US Program strategies:  Transforming the Emergency Food System, Black Food Sovereignty, and Labor and Economic Justice.  In addition to her role at WhyHunger, Lorrie is an organic vegetable farmer and owner at Rise & Root Farm, a women-owned, cooperative farm based in Chester, NY. Lorrie is a founding member of Farm School NYC and Black Urban Growers. She holds a BA and MEd from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

JOY CURTIN

As Sr. Director of Finance & Administration, Joy oversees the development and implementation of WhyHunger’s financial management strategy, operations and human resource policies with an emphasis on ensuring sound fiscal management and operational efficiency rooted in social justice. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Joy was Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund for independent news businesses in countries with a history of media oppression. She also served as Chief Financial Officer and Sr. Vice President for Administration at the National Academy Foundation which aimed to sustain a national network of career academies in public high schools across the U.S. Joy holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration- Public Accounting (Summa Cum Laude) from Baruch College where she was valedictorian, and a National Diploma in Accounting (Honors) from the London Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Society of Arts. She is married and has two children.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Sharon Damelio

Sharon oversees the development program at WhyHunger, working with a creative and collaborative team to host innovative events, nurture relationships with individual donors and artists, secure support from foundations and aligned corporations, lead a robust major gifts program, and engage and educate supporters through WhyHunger’s powerful impact. Before joining the team at WhyHunger, Sharon worked as the Development Director at Central Outreach & Advocacy Center, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides job training and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness. Sharon believes that funders and philanthropists have a critical role to play in supporting transformative social change, and she has served as Board Treasurer of the EDGE Funders Alliance, a diverse network of progressive global funders, since 2020. Sharon holds a B.A. in English and Classics from Williams College and a Master of Divinity from Yale.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

DEBBIE DEPOALA

Debbie develops and implements organizational strategies to increase WhyHunger’s visibility and advance its programmatic initiatives and impact. Overseeing the organization’s marketing, public relations, creative direction and brand strategy, Debbie brings expertise in media relations, organizational messaging, narrative strategy and event planning to WhyHunger. Prior to joining WhyHunger in spring 2011, Debbie served as the Director of Communications and Development for the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, a community based human service non-profit, where she shaped strategic communications and fundraising initiatives for the organization. Previously, Debbie implemented publicity campaigns for dozens of for-profit and non-profit clients at G.S. Schwartz & Company, a mid-sized Manhattan based public relations firm. She has worked with top-tier media outlets, planned large scale fundraising events and secured millions in private funds. Debbie is a strong believer in the transformative power of storytelling and is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working to support at risk youth in the foster care system.

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MOVEMENTS PROGRAM

Betty Fermin

Betty accompanies individual members and sectors of ally global social movements. She is responsible along with her fellow co-director for monitoring the political and economic context of regions around the world as part of the strategic planning and implementation of the overall programmatic goals. She supports social movements and organizations by mobilizing logistical, technical, and financial support, while building, strengthening, and nourishing connections between global social movements and U.S-based movements and organizations. She collaborates on fundraising, strategic messaging and communications campaigns that support WhyHunger’s work globally. She is continually learning and deepening her knowledge on issues related to the work. Betty was born in Harlem, grew up in Rhode Island, and came back to NYC to study at Pace University, where she received her B.B.A. In her spare time, she’s also the Editorial Manager of Womanly Magazine, a publication and platform that circulates accessible health information to women and non-binary people around the world through the lens of art. She’s passionate about books, travel, and social justice.

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MOVEMENTS PROGRAM

KRISTEN WYMAN

In her position as Co-Director of Global Movements Program, Kristen supports and nourishes connections between International Movements and US-based groups by developing fundraising strategies, strategic messaging and communication campaigns, as well as monitoring global initiatives led by Indigenous peoples, especially social movements working towards food sovereignty and climate justice. Kristen is Co-Founder of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation, a grassroots collective of indigenous peoples restoring indigenous livelihoods through sustainable food and economic systems in the Northeast, United States. Prior to joining our team, Kristen worked as consultant and program manager to several youth and Native American led initiatives at local, state, and national levels. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty

Hillary Zuckerberg

Hillary develops unique ways for artists, the music community and celebrities to support the movement to end hunger and poverty. Since starting at WhyHunger in 2008, Hillary has increased exposure and raised significant funds for the organization and its grassroots partners by opening up the program to new artists including moe., Papa Roach, Brandi Carlile, Tom Morello and more. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Hillary spent 15 years in the music industry managing bands, promoting concerts and living out her life’s dream of producing music at venues big and small. Hillary graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Communications/Media Management and a minor in Music. She is an avid Yankees fan and a mom to her own rock star, Alexa.

CO-FOUNDER AND AMBASSADOR

BILL AYRES

Bill co-founded WhyHunger in 1975 with the late singer Harry Chapin.Since its founding, Bill has developed and implemented meaningful and innovative hunger and poverty programs and has led local initiatives to promote ideas and policies that have made significant impacts upon the communities that they serve, including the creation of the New York Hunger Hotline in New York City and the Center for Food Action in New Jersey. He has led local initiatives to promote ideas and policies that have made significant impacts upon the communities that they serve. Under Bill’s direction, WhyHunger has served as a founding member of the National Association of Hunger Organizations (NAHO) and the National Jobs for All Coalition. He is also a member of the board of advisors of Long Island Cares, Long Island’s food bank. Bill has been a broadcaster on commercial radio and TV for the past 40 years and currently hosts two weekly Sunday night radio shows on WPLJ 95.5 FM in New York. Through his work in communications, Bill has developed extensive contacts in the world of media. He is the co-author with Pete Fornatale of the book All You Need is Love (Simon & Schuster) and writes and records music. Bill is married to Life Coach Jeannine Ayres. They have two daughters Michelle and Suzanne and one granddaughter Jaida Lynn.