Anahid Brakke, Executive Director, San Diego Hunger Coalition

Anahid Brakke joined the San Diego Hunger Coalition as its Executive Director in January 2015. During her short tenure she has tripled the organization’s budget, doubled its staff and brought on six new board members and two new advisory board members. Additionally, the Hunger Coalition has launched its School Meals Program, Hunger Free San Diego initiative and has assumed facilitation of the Hunger Advocacy Network and Summer Meals Task Force.

Named by San Diego community leaders as an “emerging leader to watch in 2015,” Anahid brings more than a decade of experience in San Diego’s philanthropic sector and is a leading voice in the community on hunger and poverty.  Her areas of focus have included hunger and the food system, senior issues, preventive healthcare and access to care, social equity, workforce development and family asset building.

Prior to joining the Hunger Coalition, Anahid served as Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs for the Leichtag Foundation; Senior Program Officer for the Jewish Community Foundation; Director of Health and Human Services at The San Diego Foundation; and Program Officer at the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Anahid has held several past community leadership positions including serving as a founding member and executive committee member of the San Diego Food System Alliance, the founding chair of San Diego Grantmakers Food Funders Collaborative, the chair of San Diego Grantmakers Homelessness Working Group, an executive committee member for the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and as a member of United Way of San Diego’s Income Vision Council.  She currently serves on the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative’s Leadership Council and Feeding San Diego’s Programs & Public Policy Committee.

Her diverse background also includes financial analytics and data management, marketing and communications, and hospital and medical education program administration. Anahid received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College.